Covid rules update July 2021.
Erudite has striven, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, to keep students, visitors and staff safe, and this remains paramount. We have also had to consider the consequences of a Track and Trace order for students and/ or staff members to isolate. The logistics of a particular tutor not being available and/or a sizeable section of a class having to isolate has a knock-on effect which could cause time-tabling problems and delays for candidates. Bev, our Centre Manager, already spends many hours fitting courses into the calendar in line with room and tutor availability, without having to alter it all again when candidates are already booked. It is not just the workload itself, but that would also involve the logistics of contacting each affected student.
I am mindful of the fact that the legal requirement to observe covid restrictions is being lifted on the 19th July in England, and with that the requirement to socially distance and wear face masks. This, however, comes at a time when covid cases are rising significantly and there is still a requirement to self-isolate for anybody that has been in close contact with somebody who has subsequently tested positive.
The government is further proposing to lift the self-isolation requirement on the 16th August for those that have received two doses of a vaccine. As and when this happens, it will remove the significant threat that a tutor and/or a sizeable number of students having to self-isolate.
We are therefore going to keep the current covid precautions in place until the requirement to self-isolate is altered. I sincerely hope this is in August, if not before. This will mean keeping at least 1 m away from other people and the wearing of face masks when moving around the centre. We shall also be continuing to use the fogging machines to disinfect everything plus keeping additional airflow in the centre. I am as keen as everybody else to return to ‘normality’, but I think a few more weeks of these precautions will minimise the chance of disruption to you and every other of our students’ learning. The end is very nigh, just a short jog to the finish! Can I please ask that you support us and your fellow students in this matter for a short while longer?
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our students for your business and your patience with us, particularly over the last 18 months. Erudite’s sole aim is high quality learning and we have endeavoured the best we could through a difficult and, above all, unpredictable time. This would have been much harder without all your support, so a sincere ‘thank you’ from us.