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COVID 19 Information
*If you develop COVID-19 symptoms and book a test via the COVID-19 University Testing Service or the National Health Service Testing Service you must notify College by calling the College Duty Phone on: 07837142095.*
The health and safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. We are committed to supporting our students' wellbeing and have put together the following statements and FAQs.
Please note: all information in these statements was correct at the time of publication - we will update this based on advice from Public Health England and University guidance found here: http://www.ox.ac.uk/news-and-events/coronavirus-advice
Additional questions related to COVID19 may be made by emailing email@example.com. You will only receive a reply from the covid19 email address between Mon-Fri 09:00 to 14:00. If your message is very urgent, you should call the Duty Phone.
Given that the situation is evolving rapidly, staff and students are asked to continue to visit and regularly check the following websites for the latest updates and guidance:
- the University's FAQs page for students and staff http://www.ox.ac.uk/news-and-events/coronavirus-advice
- the Public Health England website and Twitter page
- NHS advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
For travel advice:
*UPDATE: Lateral Flow Tests and Returning to Oxford* (April 2021)
If you are not currently in Oxford:
University residency requirements have been suspended for Trinity Term (next term), so you are not required to be in Oxford. However, if you are on a taught course that finishes this year, or you are a PGR (research) student you may be able to return if you want to. See below.
If you would like to come back to Oxford:
Before you come back you must do the following:
- Notify the Linacre Senior Tutor, Dr Jane Hoverd (firstname.lastname@example.org) AND the Director of Graduate Studies in your department. Please let them know the date on which you plan to arrive.
- The University requires you to take two Lateral Flow Device tests before starting face-to-face work, one on the first day you arrive and one three days later. Everyone who will be in Oxford for Trinity Term has to take these tests whether they are in college accommodation or live elsewhere. Linacre can provide you with two LFD tests to take yourself – as was the case at the start of Hilary term.
- In order to fulfil the University testing requirement you must register the results of your LFD test here: https://earlyalert.medsci.ox.ac.uk/earlyalert/booking/selfreportlfdresult You will not be allowed to start face-to-face work until you have registered your two LFD results.
- If you are in Linacre College accommodation, when you let Accommodation Manager, Karen Morris, know your arrival date please also tell her which room you are in. Please don’t just turn up! We need to know that you’re here for lots of safety reasons.
- Follow national and international travel guidance (which can change at very short notice).
If you are in a country that is on the UK Government’s ‘red list’:
Please contact the Senior Tutor (email@example.com) to discuss your plans to return to Oxford.
If you do you will be required by UK law to:
- quarantine for 10 days in a managed quarantine hotel
- take a coronavirus PCR test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of quarantining. These tests are not available through the University EAS Service. You will need to arrange them privately.
- follow the national lockdown rules
You are clearly advised by the University to take advantage of the residency exemption, unless you have substantial in-person teaching or other exceptional reasons to return. More detailed University guidance is available here: https://www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus/students.
If you are currently in residence in Oxford:
The UK Government is currently asking people to limit travel to reduce the spread of COVID-19. You are encouraged to remain in your term-time accommodation where possible. However, an exemption has now been added for the Easter vacation. Under the new advice, you are permitted to travel home and then return to university – but only once! If you decide to travel home you are asked to take a Lateral Flow Test on the day before you travel. You can get hold of a free test by emailing Jaye Newbrook firstname.lastname@example.org and telling her the date on which you plan to travel.
Testing at the start of term:
You are expected to get tested for COVID-19 when you return to Oxford (or at the start of term if you didn’t leave during the vacation). Linacre can provide you with two LFD tests to take yourself – as was the case at the start of Hilary term.
You must log the result of your initial two tests by visiting https://www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus/health/covid-testing and following the link to the testing service. Shortly after you get your test you will also receive a reminder email/text from the University to help you to remember to do this
Regular symptom-free testing:
After these initial tests, you are strongly encouraged to get tested twice a week, every week via the new symptom-free (LFD) testing centres. There will be three centres in easy-to-access sites around Oxford. They’re open from 12 April, and will follow strict safety measures. Staff working on site will also be able to use them. You can book online (even if you’re not yet in Oxford), and you should aim to get tested on the same days each week, e.g. Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday. Go to the symptom-free testing webpage to book, and for more information.
It is possible to order LFD tests via a number of other routes – details of which can be found on the Government website. However, we encourage students who are in Oxford to use the assisted testing centres wherever possible.
From Monday 24th May you will also be able to pick up a pack of seven LFD tests from College Reception for use whenever you need them.
What do I need to do?
If you are in Oxford already, go to the Linacre Lodge during its opening hours and ask for a pack of 2 tests which will be available from Tuesday 20th April. You should take one immediately, and one 3 days later as many of you did at the beginning of Hilary term.
If you are returning to Oxford from within the UK, you should do the same upon your arrival – you will be able to pick up a pack of 2 tests from Tuesday 20th April from the lodge. Remember to follow the University’s rules on eligibility to return to Oxford and email the Senior Tutor and your department to confirm your plans. If you are returning to Linacre College accommodation you should also liaise with the Accommodation Manager in advance of your return.
If you are planning on returning to Oxford from overseas you must follow the instructions above and follow UK government rules regarding pre flight PCR tests and in UK PCR tests (which must be booked before you fly) and have definite arrangements for your self isolation in your accommodation or, if exceptionally you are travelling from a ‘red list’ country in hotel quarantine. The University testing service (either of PCR or lateral flow tests) does not in any way supersede this government requirement. You do not need to arrange the initial lateral flow tests from the lodge.
In all cases, once you have either taken the initial lateral flow tests or the international arrival PCR tests as described you can take part in the regular weekly testing programme as described above.
If you have any questions email on Linacre COVID 19 email@example.com
Help is available to support your wellbeing, both from College and the wider community.
We understand that this will be a difficult time for many and that the impact of the pandemic will be felt particularly by those having to isolate or stay away from loved ones. Linacre’s Peer Supporters have been trained to help other students think through issues and provide emotional support in a safe and confidential way. Please do not hesitate to reach out to them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Common Room Welfare Officers (email@example.com) are another point of contact for any member of the College who is in need of advice and support.
The University has developed guidance available here https://www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus/students/welfare which signposts a number of different internal and external support services and their contact details.
For welfare emergencies that require urgent, non-medical attention, please call the College Duty Phone on 07837 142095. The College Welfare Team - Junior Dean, Senior Students and Senior Management Team (Senior Tutor, Principal, Finance Bursar and Domestic Bursar) - will follow-up as required on a 24/7 basis.
For medical emergencies you should call 999.