With the re-opening of the Institute for face-to-face teaching, we have updated our on-site rules and procedures for safe access and the mitigation of risk of Coronavirus transmission.
All students, faculty and staff attending site are expected to undertake twice weekly LFD COVID asymptomatic tests, three days apart, to ensure that you are not an asymptomatic carrier of Covid-19 and to help keep facilities available for everyone. The tests are free and you will have the result in around half an hour. Please be ready to show confirmation of your negative test result on entry to the building. You are asked to undertake tests twice a week because a very low viral load that may not be detected in the first test of the week is likely to develop enough to be detected three days later. For more information access the Guidance on Asymptomatic Testing or email us.
If you receive a positive test result, you must inform the Institute and you and your entire household will need to self-isolate. Please contact email@example.com for next steps.
You can access tests in the following ways:
- Find a test centre local to your home click here.
- Obtain kits from Reception at SIA.
- Access kits to take the tests at home. Details here.
SYMPTOMS & MEDICAL ATTENTION
If you feel unwell and require non-urgent medical advice relating to Covid-19 or any other matter, click here or dial 111. Do not attend class with a temperature, cough or any COVID-like symptoms– we will also take temperatures for reassurance should there be any concerns. In a medical emergency dial 999 and request an ambulance.
If you test positive for Covid-19 you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive result. If you have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19 or has been contacted by the NHS or alerted via the NHS COVID19 app, you must self-isolate for 10 days since your last contact with the person who tested positive. You must also self-isolate if you have been asked to do so by a member of staff at SIAL, as this will have been triggered as part of the Institute’s Outbreak Containment Plan.
You may be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, or by SIA, to self-isolate if you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for Covid-19. You must cooperate to stop the spread of the virus.
To join lectures and seminars virtually, please do so via Canvas and the links provided by your Programme Coordinator. It is preferable to join sessions in real time wherever possible, in order that you can maintain the pace of the programme and engage and contribute via the chat function or discussion boards. Please contact your Programme Coordinator if you have any queries or concerns about this.
BUILDING ACCESS & SOCIAL DISTANCING
Access is 20 mins before classes only– please go straight to classroom which is laid out to maintain a safe distance. Look out for signage and directional markings for guidance– the corridors are narrow in our old buildings. Exit from the building is via front door on 31 side of building –you must leave within 20 minutes after the end of your class so that we can maintain safe numbers on site. Attendance is for classes only or booked study space. No waiting on site –please leave as soon as you have finished the reason for your visit. Elective Groups are being segmented to reduce and contain potential infections.The Library is open and offering limited browsing to maintain safe distancing. Study spaces have been prepared and laid out and ventilated to provide a safe space in which to read or study on site. Keep a safe distance from other students and staff at all times.
For your safety and comfort, the building has undergone a deep clean and additional cleaning stations have been installed throughout the space. Face coverings must be worn at all times whilst in the building– any exemptions must be discussed with the registrar and they will issue identifying lanyard. Use the hand sanitizer provided immediately on entry to the building. Wipe clean the seating area before and after use –for your comfort we have supplied additional cleaning stations although we will also be cleaning
TRANSPORTATION & TRAVEL
Before you travel, you must complete a passenger locator form detailing where you will quarantine upon arrival. You must take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test and get a negative result within the 3 days before travel. Under UK law, to limit the spread of Covid-19, individuals are required to quarantine (self-isolate) for 10 days upon arrival (or less via the Test to Release scheme). Arrivals to the UK from certain countries will be required to quarantine in a government-sanctioned hotel at their own expense (see gov.uk/coronavirus for latest information).
When using public transport, review guidance on the Transport for London website.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
If you are concerned about your mental health and wish to talk to someone, please consider contacting our Student Support and Counseling team.
The following external organizations can also offer support:
- The Samaritans are there to support people in distress - free to call on 116 123 for confidential emotional support all year round, anytime day or night
- Sotheby’s Institute subscribes to London Nightline, a telephone helpline offering confidential listening, support and information to students in London on any issue. Nightline is run by students for students, open every night of term-time from 6pm to 8am. Telephone: 020 7631 0101
- Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. Telephone: 0300 123 3393
- Student Minds
- Students Against Depression
- Action for Happiness
If you are a student and have any queries, concerns, or require any further support, please email us:
- Master's students email MySIALondon@sia.edu
- Gap Year students email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Semester students email email@example.com
All guidance is subject to change with or without notice in accordance with NHS recommendations.