COVID-19 UPDATE – JULY 2021

LOOKING FORWARD FOR THE NEW YEAR AHEAD

Just like all of us, we at All Nations have been doing plenty of waiting and trusting during the Covid-19 pandemic. But now, by God’s grace, we are emerging from the pandemic stronger, larger and with more accessible options for studying and partnering with us in equipping men and women from around the world for effective participation in God’s mission to His multi-cultural world. Read more about the many new and exciting developments and opportunities in our Summer Newsletter

Despite the challenges of Covid-19 during this last year, teaching and learning and pastoral care for students have been maintained throughout whether in person, on-line or in a blended mode. With these experiences of developing new ways of delivering training and student support, we are ready to welcome all our new and returning students in September, whether at our Easneye site or on-line, to join with others in the All Nations community as we embark on the new academic year.

This update has been prepared in response to the UK Government’s most recent lifting of Covid-19 restrictions on 19th July. The College will continue to monitor the national situation and will adapt our response accordingly, always acting to safeguard the health and safety of students, staff, resident volunteers and all site users.

Key messages:

On-site learning and living– barring the imposition of any UK Government lockdown, our Easneye site will be open in September for all students scheduled to be living and/or learning on-site. There will be a full catering service for all full board students (also available to self-catering and commuting students as a paid extra) and all on-site facilities will be open and functioning (with appropriate Covid safety measures).

Covid-19 testing - all students arriving or returning to site (including commuting students) will need to take a lateral flow test within 24 hours before arrival and a second lateral flow test 2-3 days after arrival. After this, all students will be expected to continue with twice-weekly testing until further notice (dependent on Government guidance). Testing kits are available free of charge on site for students and staff. Further detailed guidance for students enrolling for September will be issued nearer the start of the new term.

Students entering the UK – detailed guidance for students entering or returning to the UK is included in the Pre-arrival information pack for new students and is also available to returning students. The College will support any student travelling from an amber list country who will need to quarantine on their arrival in the UK.

Teaching – with our recent investment in technology and permission from The Open University, all courses will be taught in an on-line blended mode. Students physically present in the classroom will be joined by others accessing learning remotely from anywhere in the world. Should any student on-site need to self-isolate then they will still be able to access lessons from their own accommodation whilst in isolation.

Pastoral support – the pastoral care of all of our students is of paramount importance. Pastoral care for students will be provided on-site and on-line by members of the pastoral care team and individual tutors.

Library facilities – the library is currently open for external library users and will be open for all students from the start of the term for browsing and study. For further information about the library, please visit the library section of this website. 

Visitors to the site - all visitors to the site, including external library users, are required to provide evidence of a negative lateral flow test on arrival at College – the College reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone not able to provide a negative test result (test kits are available from Reception, if required).

Face masks – the College will continue to ask all site users to wear face masks in areas where it is difficult to maintain an adequate distance from other people. Areas where face masks will be required for the time being include Reception and the Dining Room (unless seated at a table). Face masks will not need to be worn in lessons. Any member of the community, however, is welcome to wear a face mask at any time should they wish to.

General Covid-19 precautions – the College is committed to keeping everyone safe on site. Hand sanitising stations are situated all around the College and everyone is asked to make use of these. Communal areas are cleaned on a regular basis. All rooms where people gather should be well ventilated. Anyone who feels unwell is asked to stay in their room or not attend the site until feeling better. Anyone testing positive on a lateral flow test or displaying any symptoms of Covid-19 must stay in their room or away from the site and arrange to take a PCR test. If they test positive, the person (and any close contacts) will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

Applications for 2021-2022 – it is still possible for apply for courses and on-site accommodation commencing in September 2021 (There is currently very limited availability for self-catering family accommodation, but please do ask when enquiring about courses as individual family situations do change). Follow the links to read details of all our courses and future Open Days that can be found on our website.

Conferences and Hospitality – our Conference facilities are now open again and already a number of groups have been able to enjoy the space and beauty of our Easneye site. Some groups have also made use of our live-streaming facilities for remote conference guests. Please contact us for a quote to host a conference, training day, away day or group weekend or an individual retreat. There is also more information about our Cream tea afternoons available on the website. 
 

Thank you for your interest in and support for All Nations Christian College. Please continue to pray for the work of the College in training and equipping men and women for effective participation in God’s mission in our multicultural world at this critical time in history.

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