We’re taking steps to protect members of our community and their families from the risk of infection and to provide as much support and advice as we can. Our most important consideration is the health, wellbeing and safety of students, staff and people related to the institution.
What steps are we taking?
- Remote delivery for an initial 2-week period
- ACM open/audition days going digital
- Additional cleanliness measures on-site
We are currently working with staff, students, and our academic partners to implement a move to remote delivery across all of our campuses for both further and higher education programmes to ensure any disruption to students’ programmes is minimalised wherever possible. It is expected that this will be in place until the end of term. This is being done to reduce density of students on campuses and to help minimise risk. Guildford and Birmingham staff and students were directly informed of arrangements for this on 13th March 2020. A similar notification was provided to London campus staff and students on 16th March 2020. Further details will be provided to students this week on arrangements for accessing classes and material online. We have also provided additional information to students with upcoming assessments, and details of daily support accessible online for those with assessment support needs.
The ACM campuses remain open for staff for the time being and we have in place arrangements and measures to mitigate the spread of infection including Public Health England (PHE) hygiene posters, hand sanitisers and enhanced cleaning regimes in line with government and PHE advice. In addition, staff and students have been provided with instructional videos on arrangements and measures. Flexible working arrangements for staff that might be considered at greater risk, or needing to support dependents, or self-isolate in-line with the government announcement yesterday have been put in place.
ACM’s senior management team will continue to monitor the situation on a regular basis and if the situation further develops we will share information here, and contact students and staff directly where that is necessary and appropriate.
If anyone is concerned about their health they should follow PHE advice and where necessary contact NHS 111 or use the NHS online coronavirus service (https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19).
For students, staff and visitors the current NHS advice relating to Covid-19 (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/) remains the best advice.
If this situation develops we will share further information here, and contact students and staff directly where that is necessary and appropriate.
Government advice is that you should avoid unnecessary travel, and so we are turning our Open and Audition Day into a digital experience. Those attending upcoming events will have been contacted regarding plans for this, including provision for online auditions. If you have any queries regarding this please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01483 500 841 for further advice.
When the UK government advises it is appropriate for us all to resume normal activity, we’ll be scheduling plenty of open days so that you can visit us in person.
Public Health England website, which is updated daily at 2pm
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