Information for Students
Over the Summer, Cambridge (the city, the University, the colleges) underwent several significant changes as the UK grappled with the Coronavirus pandemic. Although imminent danger has passed and work has shifted focus towards safe reopening, you should know that your help, cooperation, and patience is 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 College currently has an established check-in system whereby each House Representative is contacted twice daily by the Porters to verify the number and health of residents in shared buildings. Additionally, students entering 14-day isolation periods on arrival will also be called at least once per day to ensure they are managing physically and mentally throughout. These systems are probably going to last until at least early October, when houses are “full” and student life in the University has resumed more normally.
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 several months. 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. PPE are in regular use by staff on site, with more available for emergency use in shared buildings.
In preparation for the reopening of College, fifteen shared properties and some individual flats are being cleaned and made ready. The boxing-up and removal of belongings for those students who left over the Summer has concluded.
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.