30th November 2020

Published 02/12/2020

Following last week’s announcement by the Prime Minister, regarding the tiered approach across England to movement and restrictions, UKSA will continue to remain operational, delivering our long-term education and professional employment training programmes. The Isle of Wight will be designated a Tier 1 area when the four-week national lockdown across England ends on 2 December. Tier 1 also known as alert level ‘medium’, is the least restrictive tier under the government’s new three tier system. However, we will continue ensure that all our students and staff strictly adhere to the Government guidelines

We have continued to follow the Government guidance that we should remain delivering our long-term professional education programmes as per our current schedule. However, this is an ever-evolving situation, and we will continue to monitor all guidance closely to provide our current and future students with timely updates.

As ever our focus remains on keeping all students and staff at UKSA as safe as possible. We have diligently planned our course programme and operations to reduce the usual capacity on site to ensure we can adhere to social distancing rules.   We will continue to strictly comply to all Covid-19 rules, and where necessary will update our procedures, according to any new guidance that we receive.

Despite being fortunate enough to remain in Tier 1 on the IOW, as a priority we strongly urge both current and new students to stay safe by respecting our stringent Covid-19 guidelines. We ask you to wear face masks where requested and to honour the social distancing rules, whilst remaining in your student bubbles always, and refrain at all times from visiting any other student’s accommodation. If you behave irresponsibly and have close contact with others you are not only risking catching COVID you are putting other students’ courses and training at risk by potentially forcing them to have to self-isolate. You must not socialise in groups larger than 6 people, indoors or outdoors, other than where a legal exemption applies.  This is called the ‘rule of 6’. It is your responsibility to honour these rules to protect both everyone on site and the reputation of UKSA in the community. Failure to abide by these rules will be taken seriously.

We acknowledge that these requirements can be onerous, but by collectively adhering to them we are protecting all our colleagues, alongside ensuring that UKSA can continue to run your courses safely during these difficult times.

Thank you for your continued support.

Ben Willows
UKSA Chief Executive Officer

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