St John's College is closely monitoring the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. Our top priority will always be the health, safety, and wellbeing of our entire community, in and outside of Cambridge.
Individuals can reduce the risk of catching and passing on Covid-19 by:
a. vaccination remains one of the best methods of defence against the further spread of COVID-19. We encourage staff and students to take up the offer of both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and the booster jab as soon as you are eligible;
b. Letting fresh air in if meeting indoors, or holding meetings outside;
c. Wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet, when rates of transmission are high;
d. Staying at home if you are unwell;
e. Taking a test if you have Covid-19 symptoms, and staying at home and avoiding contact with other people if you test positive; and
f. Washing your hands thoroughly and frequently, and following advice to ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’.
Self-isolation and quarantine
Although it is no longer a legal requirement to self-isolate if you develop symptoms or test positive for Covid-19, public health guidance remains that you should self isolate if you develop a new continuous cough and/or a fever (greater than 37.8C). Please complete our online form. We will then provide specific advice for your individual circumstance. Please also consult the Government advice.
If you have symptoms you should:
- Stay at home where possible and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu. Read our key information for isolation due to Covid-19.
- Book a PCR test and/or take a Later Flow Device (LFD) test.
- Do not visit the Health & Wellbeing Centre in person, contact the College Nurse via the reporting form below.
Complete all of the applicable sections of the relevant reporting form below with as much information as possible.
Please note, information may be shared if it is felt appropriate but it will be handled sensitively and proportionately. We are collecting this data to track the coronavirus risk to College members and we will keep the data for 12 months or until it is no longer needed.
We request that members of staff who test positive for Covid-19 stay at home for five days and do not return to working on site until they have had two consecutive days of negative tests.
We would appreciate it if members of staff who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive would themselves test daily for seven days, to protect colleagues across the College .
The College is committed to ensuring all self-isolating students are provided for, and will look to ensure all students have an individual isolation supporter to collect food/groceries on their behalf.
The College will offer meals which will be available via click and collect. Students would be charged as per normal for these facilities via Upay.
COVID-19 reporting form
The College Covid-19 Reporting Forms below are for students, Fellows, academic affiliates and staff to notify the College Nurse, the Senior Tutor, and the duty Porters that you have:
- tested positive for COVID-19
- symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough); or
- been in contact with someone who has coronavirus symptoms or is suspected to have coronavirus
Test and Trace
Government guidance for those sharing a household with someone who has Covid-19 symptoms or has tested positive for Covid-19 is simple: minimise contact with other people, work from home if you can, and follow the guidance.
You are strongly advised to take a rapid LFD test every day for 7 days or until 10 days since your last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 if this is earlier.
If you go on to develop symptoms of COVID-19 or you receive a positive test result, you should follow the advice set out in the previous section.
The University of Cambridge and Colleges are cooperating closely with Public Health England’s Health Protection Team in Cambridge. The collegiate University has well developed protocols to prepare for and, if necessary, deal with communicable diseases. St John’s, like all Colleges, has made the necessary preparations to protect our community.
Face coverings policy
Face coverings are no longer required in the College. In the Library, there is dedicated space reserved for people who would prefer to wear a face covering and to have those working around them doing the same.
Please continue to respect the wishes of others as we navigate this phase as a College.
The visitor policy permits St John’s alumni and their guests to enter the College, along with other members of the University and those visiting for specific education or research purposes.
You may also have access to the College main site if:
- you are a Member of the College community as defined in the full visitor policy
- you are a partner or family member of a Member of the College community
- you are a guest visiting residential Fellows or students in their rooms
- you have a work/education related purpose for attending the site.
Members of the College may now invite visitors onto the main College site, in line with the usual College visitor policy, but noting that junior members are limited to three visitors.
Guests of Members may use the Buttery, College Bar and other indoor communal College facilities. However, access to the Working Library is for St John's College members only.
The College remains closed to the general public and to tourists. This is because of the restricted access around the College site, due to the Community Hub works.
The Chapel are welcoming the public to certain services.
Please note, Kitchen Bridge is closed as part of the Community Hub works.
Health and wellbeing
Health & Wellbeing Centre
The Health and Wellbeing Centre is open from Monday to Friday between 9.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m.
Appointments can be booked via Moodle. At the appointment time, students will be contacted by phone or Zoom by the Health Centre to understand the problem.
If further help or a face to face meeting is found to be required, a time to visit the Health Centre will be arranged. The student will be asked to undertake a LFD test before attending. All students are also encouraged to take part in the asymptomatic testing programme if they believe a visit to the Health and Wellbeing Centre may be necessary.
Ruth Dean, College Nurse, can be contacted via Ruth.Dean@joh.cam.ac.uk
Karen Miles, Health & Wellbeing Nurse can be contacted via K.Miles@joh.cam.ac.uk
Health&WellbeingCentre@joh.cam.ac.uk can be used to reach either Nurse.
Please note that a response will be given in order of priority so please state the nature of your enquiry and mark your email has high priority if you require an urgent response.
Jennifer Cooper, College Counsellor, can be contacted via J.Cooper@joh.cam.ac.uk
The Chapel is open for both private prayer/College visitors and for formal services and rehearsals.
The Rev'd Andrew Hammond, can be contacted at email@example.com and on 07917 535940. Canon Mark Oakley, the Dean of Chapel, can be contacted on M.Oakley@joh.cam.ac.uk. Visit the Chapel & Choirs page for the latest information.
Multi-Faith Prayer Room
The Multi-Faith Prayer Room - D8 Cripps is available for use. This room can be booked for single use at any time of the day or night on the online booking system. Please collect a key for access from the Cripps Porters Lodge. Cleaning products will be left in the room for you to use, as necessary.
Out-of-hours mental health support
Mitigating the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on mental health and wellbeing remains a priority for the University and Collegiate Cambridge. Students at St John's are encouraged to contact the Health and Wellbeing Centre to access support available. If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse outside of standard working hours, or if you're worried about someone you know, out-of-hours help is available.
Online meeting resources
The following resources have been gathered to assist those who are working with digital collaborative tools such as Zoom and Teams.