Covid-19 Policy


Your safety is our priority and we are ‘good to go’.

What do we expect from you?

  • You must not travel to the UK if you, or any of the people you have had contact with, are showing symptoms of Covid-19 (high temperature, new continuous cough or loss of taste or smell).
  • So we can take the necessary precautions, you must let us know if you have any pre-existing conditions which place you in a high risk category for COVID-19.
  • You must let us know if you or someone in your home has had a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19 in the last 19 days.
  • You are expected to ‘social distance’ at all times. In the UK, that means a minimum of 1 metre (2 metres if possible).  If only one metre is possible, then you should take other precautions, such as wearing a mask, facing the same direction or spending a minimum of time together.
  • Limits on the number of people you can see socially have changed. From Monday 14 September, when meeting friends and family you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) you must not meet in a group of more than 6, indoors or outdoors. This is against the law and the police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines (fixed penalty notices) of £100, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200.
  • Our social programme activities will still run with social distancing measures in place.
  • Before entering the building, please use the hand-sanitiser provided. Once inside, we ask you to wash your hands in hot water with soap both when you arrive at school in the morning and when you come back to school after lunch.
  • Please use a tissue if you sneeze or want to blow your nose and put the tissue in one of the small disposable bags which we have in every room. These bags should then be put in the red ‘General Waste’ bins
  • You should bring a supply of masks with you (masks are optional in classes but you must wear them during break times and in the school common areas. You must wear them in shops and on public transport)
  • We will use digital handouts and you can email us homework, so, if possible, please bring a lap top/i-pad with you on your first day at ELC. If you don’t have one, tell us before you come and we will lend you one. Students should only use their own books and pens.
  • We recommend you bring your own water flask.

What can you expect from us in school?

  • Abon House classrooms are spacious and there is at least 1 metre + between desks/students.
  • All rooms are ventilated as much as possible before, during and after classes.
  • We stagger lesson times to reduce the number of students in the common areas at the same time.
  • Classrooms are cleaned between classes and deep cleaned at the end of each day. Toilets are disinfected during the lessons while students are in class.
  • There are tissues and hand sanitisers in the hallways and in every room. Please sanitise your hands in the entrance before coming into the school, before using the drinks and snack machines, the water dispenser and before playing pool or the piano.

What can you expect in homestays?

  • We have provided guidance to our homestay hosts on how best to keep themselves and their students safe at home.
  • We are only providing single room accommodation, except for family members travelling together.
  • We have measures in place in case you need to self-isolate in your homestay, in line with current government guidance.
  • We will ensure backup/emergency accommodation is available should it be needed.
  • We communicate regularly with our host families on the latest government guidance on social distancing regulations.
  • We are only using existing host families that we know and trust.
  • We identify hosts in high risk groups and avoid placing students here.

What can you expect from us in the school residences?

  • Students staying in self-catering accommodation are provided with clear guidance to ensure their safety.
  • We have carried out measures to ensure the residences are COVID-19 safe.
  • Common areas in the self-catering residences will be sanitised daily and cleaned by professional cleaners weekly. Students will be expected to keep the houses clean and work surfaces clear.
  • We have measures in place in case you need to self-isolate in line with current government guidance. Students required to isolate are kept apart from the other (non-quarantining) students.
  • We will ensure backup/emergency accommodation is available should it be needed.
  • Our warden lives at the residence with you and is there to help you when needed.


What if ………………?   Do you have any questions?

How do I get from the airport to my accommodation?
We encourage you to arrange a taxi transfer with one of our trusted transfer providers instead of using public transport. If you choose to travel by public transport, you must wear a face mask. Please be prepared to pay by contactless card payment.  Safety measures include: Only 1 passenger in the taxi, unless family members are travelling together. You and the driver both wear face masks and there will be hand sanitisers kept in the car for your use. The drivers wear gloves so they will be able to carry your luggage.

What if I get symptoms of Covid-19 while I am in Bristol?
You must stay at home and not come into school.  Telephone the school. We will help to arrange for you to be tested.  While you wait for the test results, you must self-isolate.

What happens if I have to self-isolate while I am in Bristol?
You must stay in your accommodation and self-isolate.  If you are staying in a school residence you may be asked to change your room.  You can order food on-line and we will make sure it is delivered to your room.  If you are with a homestay family, our homestay families have said if you are self-isolating, they will endeavor to look after you, and if this is not possible, then we will provide suitable alternative accommodation. Homestay families will provide you with food for your lunch (+ £5.00 per day).
During self-isolation, you can join your normal class on-line every day.

What if I want to cancel my course at the last minute?
For courses booked in 2020, before coming to Bristol, if you have booked directly with the school, you may cancel your course for COVID reasons with a 100% refund for tuition and accommodation at any time right up to the day you start your course. If you have booked via a representative, the representative's terms and conditions will apply.

What if I want to go home early?
For courses booked in 2020, if you have booked directly with the school and if, for COVID reasons, you want to go home early during your course, you will get a 100% refund for tuition and accommodation from the end of the week in which you leave. If you have booked via a representative, the representative's terms and conditions will apply.

What if I catch COVID while I am in Bristol or what if I have been in close contact with someone who has caught COVID?
You will not be able to leave your accommodation and will have to self-isolate for 2 weeks.  During those 2 weeks, you will have your normal lessons with your usual class but the lessons will be on-line.  After 2 weeks, if you have no symptoms, you can return to the school to carry on with your classes.

Do I need insurance?
The school insurance, which is non-refundable covers the normal things but does not cover COVID-19.  If you want cover for COVID-19, we recommend you take out your own insurance before leaving home

What is open in Bristol?   What is there to do in my free time?
To see what is open in Bristol, check this link:

ELC also arranges an exciting and varied social programme that enables you to safely meet and make friends with people from other countries, practise your English and explore the UK. Students must ensure they are observing social distancing and should not meet in groups larger than 6.

How many other students will there be in the school?  Where will they come from?
Since reopening on August 3rd, we have had students from the following countries: Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey. As at 8/10/2020, there are 62 students in the school, with more expected soon.

Advice and expectations are based on current UK government guidance (8/10/20).  If this changes, we will advise staff and students and update this policy document.

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