News has reached us of how one local institution is seeking to maintain Covid security in a HE environment.
Key features of their approach are :
* minimising face to face interaction (i.e. only essential practical teaching sessions)
* mandatory face covering.
* marshals deployed at entrances and across campus to ensure face covering and social distancing rules are being observed.
Feedback from one relieved family member of a student is that the measures signal to families that their children’s safety is being given top priority as well as giving confidence to the students themselves.
This sensible approach seems apposite particularly in the light of recent government announcements signaling a shift away from reliance on personal responsibility to a more robust and prescriptive approach.
No doubt also the institution has recognised that headlining safety can give an institution the edge when recruiting students, and that safety is more than ever a key element of student experience.