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Kings statements on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Important information for US-bound students

Important information for UK-bound students

23 February 2021

This statement provides an update following UK Government confirmation of schools reopening as well as the latest on the UK vaccine roll-out.

In-person teaching

We can confirm that following the UK Government announcement on 22 February, in line with all other UK schools, the four Kings schools in the UK will reopen for in-person teaching from 8 March. Outdoor school clubs will also resume from this date.

All health and safety policies and procedures previously in place at the schools will of course be readopted and strengthened as required. In particular, face coverings will now be required for both students and staff during lessons and in all communal places within school.

Testing

In accordance with Government policy, all students will be tested three times at school – on the first day back and then twice more, 3-5 days apart. Students will then be given two rapid tests each week which they will take themselves in their accommodation, with support from Kings staff or their host families if required. All Kings staff in school or accommodation will be tested weekly.

Any student testing positive from the rapid test will need to self-isolate and take a full PCR test. If this is negative, the student will be able to come out of self-isolation and return to school. Otherwise the full self-isolation period will be required.

Of course, any student needing to self-isolate either before or during their course will be able to continue their learning via online lessons. They will be fully supported throughout the quarantine period, as detailed in previous updates.

UK vaccine roll-out

The UK Government has announced a significant acceleration of the vaccine roll-out programme. The entire UK adult population are now targeted to be offered the vaccine by the end of July 2021, two months earlier than originally planned.

As of 23 February, over 18 million people in the UK had been vaccinated. This represents over one third of the UK adult population.

We will continue to communicate relevant updates as soon as new information becomes available.

As a provider of educational programmes to people from all over the world we want our global community to know that we are standing with you all in these challenging times. We continue to respond to the global outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in a clear, practical and decisive manner.

Our overriding objective is to fulfil the duty of care we have towards our students, our colleagues, our host families, our university partners and other members of our communities. We will continue to take all steps possible to ensure they are healthy, informed and supported.

We have developed a comprehensive set of policies and procedures to manage the situation as it develops. These include practical risk assessments, regular monitoring as well as the implementation of effective hygiene awareness and practice throughout our schools and colleges.

We also developed comprehensive plans to support our students remotely. To enable courses to continue as planned, we moved to our remote teaching and learning plan, called Classmate Plus. Assignments, homework and managed self-study continue as normal.

Meanwhile, we ensure that all students are fully supported remotely and make sure that we stay in touch with them throughout temporary closure periods as required by the UK and US Governments.

Official UK Government updates are published daily and can be viewed here.

US Government updates are published here.

The latest World Health Organization advice is published here

We will continue to monitor the on-going situation very carefully and will maintain the flexibility to adapt policy immediately as Government or WHO advice changes.

We hope this provides the reassurance that no matter what the circumstances, we will do everything we possibly can to maintain the Kings experience for our students.

The Kings Directors

COVID-19 Kings Deferral and cancellation policies​

Provision for online learning

Our student support does not depend on school buildings.

It exists everywhere.

Our first priority is to support our students in achieving their learning goals, whatever the circumstances.

Kings is very well placed to ensure effective teaching and learning can be delivered remotely. We have already invested heavily in Classmate, our own online learning platform.

This will be a core component within a new, fully integrated remote teaching delivery plan. It will be free and available to all students wherever they are.

It is called Classmate Plus.

Classmate logo

Classmate Plus is built on three core pillars:

  1. Virtual online classrooms
    We will be using Microsoft Teams to deliver live audio streaming to create virtual classrooms and small group tutorials.
    This will also be used to facilitate on-going dialogue between students and their teachers outside of lessons.
  2. Interactive tasks and assignments
    We will use Classmate and Microsoft Teams to set tasks, assignments, homework and project work.
    Students can upload assignments and projects work and can view teacher developmental feedback.
  3. Online resources for self-study
    We will also use Classmate and Microsoft Teams to ensure all resources are available for self-study.

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The Kings Admissions Team