Coronavirus Regulations

Coronavirus Regulations

Last Updated: 11th May 2021

Please contact covid.helpdesk@lst.ac.uk for any questions or concerns.

The health and wellbeing of our students, colleagues, and visitors is our top priority.

Key points

  • Please follow our coronavirus guidelines outlined in the video above strictly.
  • Our plans and actions will be updated as appropriate, following Government and Public Health England guidance.

For further information on the UK government’s Coronavirus action plan, visit the Coronavirus Action plan webpage on GOV.UK

Information for current students and applicants

Plans for the Autumn Term

Government restrictions allowing, having returned to on campus delivery for the remainder of this term, we will of course be aiming to start the new academic year in September with full on-site delivery for all on-campus programmes.

Return to campus update

We are working on the basis that Step 3 of the roadmap out of lockdown will take place on 17th May as indicated and accordingly, are looking forward to welcoming back on campus any of our students who have not yet returned and would like to do so, with hybrid style classes resuming for many of the modules on our Theology and Theology and Counselling programmes. Please do check with registry / your lecturer for further details regarding your specific module(s).

An on-campus return will have to be in the context of a Covid secure environment with full ongoing Covid related precautions as before:

  • Social distancing will apply – one-way systems / reduced class sizes / enhanced ventilation / spread out desks and dining room tables etc.
  • Face masks will remain compulsory – you will not be permitted on site without them unless you can evidence a medical exemption
  • Temperature testing on entering will be required.
  • Hand sanitising and regular hand washing should be the norm.
  • AND most importantly anyone coming on to campus will have to take a lateral flow Covid test every week and let LST be informed of the result. If you are attending more than one day a week you may be required to take 2 tests on separate days.

So, at this stage please do anticipate that we will be resuming full on campus delivery from the beginning of next term.

Having said this, there may be good reasons why you may not wish to return to physical lessons and some of our faculty may still need to be shielding or classroom capacity may mean for our largest modules not everyone can be accommodated, in which case we would aim to again deliver these classes in a hybrid mode for the term, but we will provide further information on this later.

Student Covid-19 Testing

All students eligible to return to university should get two tests – one immediately on return to university and then again three days later. You should then be tested twice weekly after that.

Student Travel Advice

  • Take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test and get a negative result 3 days before they travel.
  • Complete a passenger locator form detailing where they will quarantine upon arrival.
  • Book and pay for a travel test package, which will include Covid-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of quarantine.
  • Be ready to present proof of study documents on arrival to the UK.
  • British or Irish nationals, or third country nationals with residence rights in the UK, who have been in or passed through a red-list country in the 10 days before their arrival will need to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel, unless they are exempt.

 

Library Re-Opening

In line with the latest government plans, we are happy to announce the re-opening of the library for our current students only from Monday 12th April but with certain Covid security driven limitations as follows:

  • If you simply want to come and return / take out a book, then you can do so from Monday 12th but must stay no more than 15 minutes, so no sitting down / using of desks / engaging with anyone just in and out.
  • If you wish to study in the library, then you must have had a negative covid test (lateral flow or PCR) in the last 3-4 days either at LST or elsewhere and be ready to provide evidence of this if asked.
  • If you haven’t had a test in the last 3-4 days, then you need to arrive between 8.30 and 10.30 am and go straight to the test centre on the 2nd floor using the library entrance and the stairs by the entrance to the music corridor and ensure you have no close contact with anyone until you have received the result. Should the result be positive you must notify the covid helpdesk immediately, return home and self-isolate and arrange to have a PCR test to confirm or otherwise the lateral flow test result.
  • If studying in the library you must follow strict social distancing, wear a mask when moving around, sanitise your hands and generally follow the detailed guidance provided at the entrance which indicates how and where you can sit, restricts the number in the library at any one time and provides guidance on cleaning your work area.
  • For the w/c 12th April the library will be open during office hours only, but from the beginning of term i.e. Monday 19th it will return to being open 24/7.
  • Anyone accessing the library must do so using their own LST ID card with strictly no tailgating.
  • Our Covid marshal will be carrying out spot checks and anyone found not to be complying with these regulations will be immediately asked to leave and their access to the library withdrawn.

 

It hopefully goes without saying, but everything mentioned above is dependent on the latest government guidelines which are subject to change at short notice, so we will keep you updated of any changes if or when they arise.

Should you have any queries on this please contact the Covid helpdesk covid.helpdesk@lst.ac.uk  in the first instance.

Prayer

“The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:5-6

One of the great privileges of the Christian life is being able to bring our concerns to the Lord in prayer. We pray not to a God who is far away and insensitive to our needs, but to a Father who is near and who loves us. What’s more, as God’s people we can support each other in prayer. In uncertain times we can rely on the constancy of God and the prayers of the saints.

So let’s pray for each other. Our pastoral team would love to hear from you with any specific prayer requests you have – email us on pastoral.team@lst.ac.uk. If you would be happy for your request to be shared with the wider LST community, please do tell us when you email. God bless you.

Rev. Alison Atkinson
Chaplain

Alison Atkinson