Our Covid-19 Safety Plan
‘Participant welfare is paramount to the Provider. The ratio of staff to participant numbers is generous for example, in some lessons, two teachers are provided, or additional supervisors allocated, to ensure learning and safety are optimised.’ British Accreditation Council, Reach Cambridge inspection report, 2018
Since our first program 15 years ago, the health and safety of our students and staff has been, and always will be, our number one priority. We have consistently met and exceeded rigorous standards in Student Welfare and Safety as part of our accreditation from the British Accreditation Council (BAC). Furthermore, our welfare processes and contingency plans have been honed over the many years we have been running our programs, as we have dealt with incidents both large and small that have demanded robust and clear action plans.
Our preparations for 2021 are even more extensive: we have a dynamic management plan and risk assessment for Covid-19 that we are developing and updating as guidance changes, to ensure we are well prepared for 2021. This broadly divides into four detailed sections on prevention, detection, diagnosis and care.
We are in regular communication with Cambridge colleges (who have all welcomed back undergraduates this academic year) to review, adapt and discuss their existing guidelines for Covid-19. We also have our own protocols for the general running of the programs, taking into account guidelines from WHO (World Health Organisation), PHE (Public Health England) and the UK government. Our highly experienced leadership team will be analysing, reviewing and updating all guidelines and protocols in light of any changes ahead of next year’s programs.
Our mission has always been about bringing together bright and talented young people from around the world in a shared endeavour to prepare for their future – and that mission feels more important now than ever. We are confident that we will be able to offer a safe and supportive environment that still includes all of the joys of a truly international, engaging and life-changing Reach Cambridge program.