Impact on Universities

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Re: Impact on Universities

Post by bob sterman » Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:47 pm

FlammableFlower wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:51 pm
Students aren't allowed to go home in the event of an outbreak on campus regardless of their own exposure/proximity.
The guidance says....

"Students should follow government guidance published as part of any additional restrictions applied locally, including where this says that students should remain in their current accommodation and not return their family home or other residential accommodation to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus through travel."

So presumably this means - if a local lockdown says "stay home" they are supposed to consider the university residence to be "home". These local lockdowns are backed by legislation right? So it could be enforceable?

Unless perhaps they need to travel to the family home to test their eyesight?

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Re: Impact on Universities

Post by FlammableFlower » Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:56 pm

Ok, we have all our first years in campus accommodation, but lots don't. How to enforce the remaining in their digs of a bunch of 18-21(ish)s is going to be interesting. During the first lockdown we eventually brought the few remaining students (mainly overseas students) who hadn't gone home into uni accommodation no matter who they were, but for a while our security staff were making visits around town to check on them - in this case to see if they're ok. But I can't imagine trying to keep tabs on >14,000 students is going to be easy, and the gov's systems don't appear to offer much hope of help...

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Re: Impact on Universities

Post by snoozeofreason » Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:59 am

It looks as if access to Covid tests is going to be rationed, and I can't see any indication that students will be a priority. Since students are likely to be asymptomatic carriers, the virus could rip through halls of residence without anybody noticing until it spills out into the wider community, perhaps when they go home for Christmas. There's a cheery thought.
In six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them. The human body was knocked up pretty late on the Friday afternoon, with a deadline looming. How well do you expect it to work?

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