Information for Students
Over the past year, the College has adapted variously to the Covid-19 pandemic with good success; however, at the time of writing (26 January 2021), in the midst of a third national lockdown, your help, cooperation, and patience is still very much needed. We still want to make sure that we can provide the best possible practical assistance and pastoral support for all of our students for whom Cambridge is likely to be home over the coming weeks and months.
Within Clare Hall, supporting our students is essential, but requires effective two-way communication. The Porters’ Lodge remains the first point of contact for all queries, and is integral in communicating with students both in isolation and in shared houses to ensure their continuing health and safety.
Other measures in place
Measures started in March have been continued or expanded: student residences continue to be supplied with hand soap and other cleaning products, to encourage more regular hand washing and mindfulness regarding basic hygiene. NHS 'Catch It, Bin It, Kill It' posters have been placed strategically around the College, also to remind users of the simple but effective measures they can take in limiting the spread of many common diseases. Virucidal hand sanitisers are also placed around College in high-touch and high-footfall areas.
Social distancing has become the norm, and one-way systems persist, at least around Main Site buildings. The College catering service has operated a successful takeaway system for nearly a year. Laundry facilities have been free-at-the-point-of-consumption (i.e.: coin operation has been removed) since the end of March to reduce surface transmission, and washer-dryers have been installed in shared student houses. PPE are in regular use by all on site, with more available for emergency use in shared buildings.
Things you can do
Very simply, read Reopening Clare Hall after Covid-19 Lockdown. It is a live document, subject to frequent update, aiming to be a single point of information for all College users. It contains a broad overview for everyone to know what the College is planning, what is expected of them, and to predict the next steps towards full reopening. Continue to exercise the same level of caution over inter-household mixing, and feedback to the Domestic Bursar those elements which are working well, and those which you feel need development.
Please do not hesitate to contact the College with any queries or concerns you may have. Your continued cooperation and calmness are greatly appreciated.