Information for Staff

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Over the last few months there has been great deal of activity going on to ensure that staff who need to return to the conservatoire can do so safely. A Space page has been set up to hold all the guidance issued to staff so far, and this will be added to as things develop.

There are two key principles behind all of the procedures, guidance and advice developed and issued to staff.

  1. Leeds Conservatoire’s buildings are Covid-safe in line with the appropriate guidance. The Conservatoire risk assessment identified a number of mitigations and these have been put in place to make the buildings as safe as possible.
  2. Guidance is being followed. In particular, the guidance around social distancing, mask wearing where it is possible to do so, hand washing and cleaning, limiting the numbers of people in the building as much as possible through home working, and that those exhibiting any Covid-19 symptoms are self-isolating at home immediately and are accessing a test as quickly as possible, are being adhered to.
Asymptomatic Testing for Staff and Students

Asymptomatic lateral flow tests are available for all staff, on production of their conservatoire ID card. Tests will take place at Leeds Beckett University's Headingley and City campuses. 

  • Staff are encouraged to go for a test twice on their return to campus  - immediately on their return then again three days after.
  • From 8 March staff are encouraged to continue to be tested twice a week

Anyone in England who does not have symptoms can now get regular rapid lateral flow tests to check for Covid-19. This includes the option to get rapid tests to do at home.

If you are unable to access testing at Leeds Beckett up to 2 packs of 7 tests can be collected from a local pharmacy or testing site, or you can order a pack of 7 tests to be sent to your address. Further information can be found on the NHS website information on rapid testing. If you do tests at home, you will need to report your results online or on the phone.

BECOMING UNWELL

Self-Isolation

If you begin displaying symptoms of Covid-19 infection, you must go home immediately and self-isolate in line with the current guidelines. You will need to inform us through the normal absence reporting procedures.

Procedure if a case is reported

If anyone you have had close contact with reports a positive Covid-19 test, you will be expected to self-isolate according to government guidance.

Becoming unwell in our buildings

If you become unwell while you are in one of the conservatoire buildings, you should avoid contact with anyone. Put a face mask on immediately and sanitise your hands if you can. Avoid touching surfaces. If you are feeling well enough to leave the building, then you must go home immediately and self-isolate.

If you think that you need medical attention you should call a First Aider. Contact details for First Aiders can be found on a green poster found on the wall in various locations throughout our buildings. The First Aider might accompany you to an isolation room until medical help can be provided.

Staff at higher risk

If you are advised by your doctor to start shielding, you will be able to tell us through the absence reporting procedure.

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