In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, please see below for the college's answers to most frequently asked questions.
Is the college closed?
Oxford International College will close on 20 March as per the guidance from the Department of Education and Public Health England. Students have been arranged to return home. Learning continues online as usual.
What is the college doing to protect the community?
We take the health and safety of our students and staff extremely seriously. All students are registered with a local GP and we will follow the guidance of Public Health England. All tutors, progress tutors and Houseparents are in day-to-day contact with students providing advice and guidance. We are also offering welfare and logistical support to any student that may need it.
Will we be offering online teaching? And for how long?
The students will receive online teaching as long as the school is closed. Teaching staff has been trained in the use of online teaching platforms, and the college will be communicating with all students about online learning. The school then reopen as soon as we receive the guidance from the Department of Education.
Will the dining hall be operational?
The catering facility will remain open until 20 March. After that date any remaining students will have their meals delivered to them at the accommodation.
Will the boarding houses be open?
The boarding houses have been instructed to close. Students are allowed to stay in the boarding house until they have been arranged to return home.
Are events still happening at the college?
All school events have been cancelled until further notice.
Are visitors allowed on campus?
No visitors, including parents, agents, or prospective students, are allowed into the college until further notice.
Are tours still being offered?
All tours are suspended at the moment.
What should I do if I believe I am particularly vulnerable?
Public Health England has advised that those particularly vulnerable include:
•Those aged 70 and over
•Those under 70 with an underlying medical condition (i.e. anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds)
•Those who are pregnant
Public Health England advise those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures (see ‘What is social distancing?’).
We understand you may be concerned if you feel you are more vulnerable to the coronavirus than others (for example if you are in the categories listed above, or have vulnerable family members). If you are uncertain, members of staff should speak to their medical provider in the first instance, and students should speak to their college welfare lead.
The college will support you as much as possible. Vulnerable staff should work from home. If you are not able to carry out your role remotely, you will be granted special paid leave. This guidance also applies to people who live with and / or care for elderly people and people with vulnerable health conditions.
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