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Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit

2 September 2021
Posted in: News

Welcoming you back safely to City Lit 

During the pandemic, we have all truly lived City Lit’s values of being ambitious, imaginative and openhearted. In line with Government guidance for educational establishments, City Lit will remain open for teaching.

We now provide both online classes and face-to-face teaching in the safest way possible. Everyone's health and safety in the building is at the heart of what we do so we've introduced new protective guidelines.

We have put together the points below about what to expect when you visit us and what we are doing to keep our community safe.

If the guidelines change and we will update the information on this page and make announcements across our social media.

To see which classes are returning to the building please visit our face-to-face courses.


What we are doing to keep you safe 

Keeping you safe and healthy is our number one priority. That's why we have maintained our enhanced cleaning procedures and measures below which have been guided by the expert information from the UK government and Public Health England

Students must sanitise their hands when they come into the building and regularly during your stay. Additional hand sanitiser units have been positioned at key areas throughout the College, including reception and all classrooms. Antiseptic wipes will be made available to clean shared equipment.

Cleaning and disinfecting
We'll be sanitising surfaces throughout the day and we're cleaning the entire College every night. Classrooms and equipment will be sanitised between classes.

Limited services and facilities
The Student Centre and Library will remain closed.

Protecting you and our staff and tutors
We've installed perspex screening at our reception desk and we'll be providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to our staff where necessary.

Covid 19 reopening risk assessment
This risk assessment sets out how the college will manage risks as we move to reopen the college following the shut down because of Covid-19.


What you can do to keep yourself and others safe 

To keep our College as safe and clean as possible, we need your help too. We ask that you follow a few simple rules when you arrive.

Stay home if you're unwell
Please don't come to the college if you feel unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who thinks they might have symptoms of COVID-19, or has been in contact with someone who has, should get themselves tested and only come to the building if they have a negative result following the free test now available. Please call 119 which is the Covid-19 helpline immediately for advice. 

Please note the rules around self-isolation changed on 16th August 2021 and as such you will no longer need to self-isolate if you are notified you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 if any of the following apply:

  • You’re fully vaccinated - this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS
  • You’re below the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • You’re taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • You’re not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Further details on testing and self-isolation can be found on the NHS website.

Students who are exhibiting symptoms or who have had a positive test should report this to:

Lateral flow testing

In accordance with the latest Department for Education guidance, students and staff who attend the building are encouraged to undertake lateral flow tests locally and only come into the building if they have a negative result. Information on where to access community testing sites can be found here. If you are unable to test locally, self-service tests can be ordered for free here

Arriving at the College and leaving
To assist with tracking who is in the building we ask you to download the Goaco App that will be used by all staff, students and visitors to check in on arrival. If you do not have a smart phone, we will have the ability for you to check in at reception. Entry and exit will be via the normal front doors.  Please try to arrive no more than 15 minutes early for your class and once it has  finished, please leave the building as soon as possible.

As social distancing restrictions have been lifted we will be returning to our normal level of students able to enrol on courses.

Face coverings
In line with Government guidelines face coverings are now only mandatory in the lifts however we recommend that they are continued to be worn in all communal spaces. You should bring your own face covering with you. We have medical grade masks freely available in the college, should you forget to bring your own mask. Please remember when you are communicating with someone in the College that they may be Deaf or hard of hearing and will find it difficult to understand you whilst your mouth is covered.

We understand that some students and staff may feel more comfortable wearing a face mask in their classroom or studio and you are free to do so, however this is no longer mandatory. We will ensure good levels of ventilation around the college and our enhanced cleaning schedule will be maintained.  Some individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings. This applies to those who:

  • Cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical impairment or disability; illness or mental health difficulties
  • Speak to or provide help to someone who relies on lipreading, clear sounds or facial expression to communicate

Vaccine programme

As the vaccine programme continues to roll out and evolve, we positively encourage our staff and students to book in for their relevant vaccination appointments as advised.

The vaccine programme is not a mandatory legal requirement and the College is not generally required to obtain and record data regarding your vaccination status. We will continue to follow the Government’s advice on the vaccination programme. 

As the vaccine is currently a personal choice, we request that staff and students refrain from asking other colleagues what they have chosen to do in regard to vaccination.

While in the building

You will see that the College now has signage around the building, which remind you of the access routes around the building. Our lifts will no longer have a limit on how many people are in them however wearing a mask is mandatory.  The stairs have a one-way system - those by the reception are to be used going up and those by the goods lift going down. We encourage you to try and limit contact with touching the handrails where possible and if you need to be sure to wash your hands after you have or use the sanitiser stations available. All corridors are two way however we ask that you stay to the left of each floor to allow us to have as much distance as we can.


Toilets will return to pre-pandemic allocations. 

Use hand sanitising stations
You'll find these before you reach reception and throughout the College. Make sure you follow proper handwashing process if you use the toilets. 

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If you're not ready to come back just yet 

Whenever you're ready, we'll be there to make your return as straightforward as possible. In the meantime, you might want to try one of our online courses.

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City Lit online courses

Study at a time that suits you. You'll need an email address, reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with an updated browser (ideally Google Chrome) and your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

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