Welcome Back – Making Mary Ward A COVID Safe environment

Welcome back to Mary Ward, the start of a new year and new term!

We are pleased that we are returning to more face-to-face teaching at Queen Square and Rushworth Street this autumn term and for students to come in for advice and enrolment where they need to. We continue to use the government guidelines to risk assess our buildings and classrooms to provide a covid-safe environment.

Some of our classes will continue online but a larger number of classes are taking place in our buildings now that most restrictions have been lifted. Since not all our users and students are able to have a vaccine, we have made the decision to continue with some restrictions for everyone’s protection. Maximum class sizes have been set to allow for a one metre plus social distance and are smaller than pre-covid. We are also continuing with our increased cleaning regime e.g., additional cleaning of touch points.

For those of you attending classes face-to-face we require you to follow the guidance:

  • Wear a face covering (unless exempt) when moving around the building, in corridors, communal areas and your classroom. Due to the nature of the Craft Room and Sculpture Studio where the space is smaller, face coverings (unless exempt) are required to be worn at all times.
  • Follow the one-way system around the buildings.
  • Use the hand-sanitiser on entering the buildings and continue to observe good hygiene by washing your hands more frequently or using sanitiser.
  • Equipment will continue to be provided for you to clean your space in the classroom when you arrive and before you leave.
  • Follow any specific guidance from your tutor for your class e.g., use of shared equipment.
  • Take a lateral flow test before you come to class. You can collect boxes of tests for free at the centre. If you prefer, you can also collect testing kits from a local pharmacy, test site or order them to be delivered to your home.  Click here to find out where and how.  You need to scroll down the page and look for the heading ‘Get a test to do at home’. Please follow the instructions carefully and report the result.   You will be sent an email/text to confirm the result.  You need to forward your result to staff member Paula Suen:  paula.suen@marywardcentre.ac.uk for our records. Follow the link below which will direct you to an NHS Youtube clip on how to carry out the test: How It Is Done: Lateral Flow Test 
    A negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. But this does not guarantee you do not have coronavirus, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice.
    If you have tested positive for Covid in the last 90 days you should not take a lateral flow test.
  • If you test positive or get coronavirus symptoms, you should inform us and:
  • Self-isolate immediately
  • Get a PCR test to confirm the result
  • Follow the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
  • If you are unwell you should stay at home – we will provide you with the material/resources to help you catch up with your class.

The café is open to students and the public Mon-Fri 0930-1600 from 20th September 2021.

We continue to check the guidance regularly and review our plans accordingly and will update you if our guidance changes.