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COVID-19 Preparedness in London

Information for 2021-2022 

Last updated:  January 7, 2022

Vaccination

  • COVID-19 vaccinations are key to maintaining the safest possible environment for our community.
  • Covid-19 vaccination is required of all students participating in Fordham’s London Program.
  • Students must obtain Covid-19 boosters when eligible prior to departing for the UK. It is not likely boosters will be made available to study abroad students locally.
  • Access to certain venues and events is restricted to those who can show proof of Covid-19 vaccination or proof of a negative Covid test in the 48 hours prior to entry.

Arrival

  • All travelers must complete a Passenger Locator Form no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in the United Kingdom.
  • Students have been asked to arrive at Heathrow Airport on 12 January by 12.00pm for the Spring 2022 term.  They will be met by Fordham London staff upon arrival and taken to their assigned housing, where they will receive their keys. 
  • Students are currently required to wear masks in the airport, as well as at program facilities or during program activities and in most indoor settings, except when in their own apartment.
  • Anyone entering the UK must now take a PCR or LFD test on or before day two following their arrival. Please note from January 7th, a pre-departure test is no longer required and this “day two” test can be a PCR or LFD test which is booked in advance of travel.
  • Students not arriving directly from the United States should notify Fordham London staff to discuss possible quarantine and testing regulations for your arrival. You will not be permitted to enter the UK if you have been in a red list country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England.

Housing

  • Fordham will house students in either apartment-style accommodation with shared bedrooms and bathrooms or single occupancy dorm style accommodation.
  • Communal spaces will be cleaned weekly.
  • Fordham will enforce a no-guest or visitor policy for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. Students on the program will be allowed to visit the other Fordham London residences.
  • There will be no more than two students per bedroom.

Classes, Classrooms, and Offices

  • Classes will be taught in person for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022
  • All classrooms, offices, and the library will have appropriate spacing between desks, following public health guidelines.
  • Guest lectures will be delivered remotely whenever possible.
  • Masks are required at all times when in the building, and during class.
  • Students will be encouraged to leave Fordham London when their classes are over.
  • Class sizes will be capped to allow for appropriate distancing.

Testing

  • Students will be expected to load the NHS COVID 19 App  to their phone.
  • Students, staff, and faculty will be tested at least twice weekly by antigen testing, according to local public health guidance, and their results will be shared with Fordham London. Students will access self-testing kits for free which are available  via pharmacies/NHS/UK.GOV.
  • Faculty and staff will be strongly encouraged to test more frequently, as strongly advised by the UK Government.
  • Students who test positive will enter isolation and follow Fordham London’s Covid Health Protocol.
  • A positive test result will be reported to NHS authorities, who will contact the student with instructions and for contact tracing purposes.
  • Students who are identified as close contacts of a positive case do not need to self-isolate, provided that they continue to meet the definition of “fully vaccinated” as set out by the UK government and they test negative for Covid-19. Close contacts must take daily LFD tests before they leave home.. Note: As of the 17th December 2021, vaccinations administered in the US are listed under the UK government definition of a “fully vaccinated” individual.

Quarantine/Isolation

  • London program staff will provide support to students in insolation:
  • Students who test positive will be moved to quarantine apartments in their building. In some instances, it may be appropriate for a student to isolate in their assigned apartment instead.
  • An initial supply of food items and cleaning supplies will be provided.
  • Grocery and food deliveries can be left at the door of the student’s residence. Student Affairs will provide support to ensure that the students are able to access groceries and other supplies.
  • Staff will support oversight of isolated students by means of regular check-ins, daily via Zoom if possible.
  • Classes will be delivered remotely to a student in isolation, if the student is well enough to participate.

Excursions/Travel

  • No travel outside of Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales) will be permitted during Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.
  • Students must complete the travelregistry.fordham.edu each week and spot checks will be undertaken by London staff.
  • Local excursions and other group activities will take place as allowed by local law.
  • Students’ free time travel must adhere to local guidelines and restrictions. It is the student’s responsibility to know and comply with these.
  • Any inconvenience to the student resulting from free time travel is entirely the responsibility of the student, including the cost of required testing or quarantine, unanticipated travel expenses, or any missed course requirements.

Contingencies

  • The London program staff is in regular contact with local authorities and in all cases will follow the directives of those local authorities.
  • In the event of a new local or national lockdown, the programs will pivot to remote instruction until in-person classes are possible. Classes and guest lectures may be recorded in order to facilitate access.
  • Fordham London has revised or is currently in the process of revising its Health, Safety, and other policies to incorporate UK government, Public Health England, and Health & Safety Executive guidelines relating to Covid-19.

Return to United States

  • Travelers to the United States from must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel.
  • After arrival in the US, the CDC recommends getting tested with a COVID-19 viral test 3-5 days after travel.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel

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