Additional health and safety measures

Thank you for your patience during these challenging times. It is now time to focus on your learning goals again and we look forward to seeing you and your children soon.

We have extra health and safety measures in place in our teaching centres and exam venues.

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Health and safety part 2
Health and safety part 3

Measures for adults in our teaching centres

Please read the following rules and procedures carefully before coming to our Teaching Centre. We will not be able to let you into the class should you choose not to follow the rules. 

Entrance Procedures

Please note that students will be denied entry (however their credit will be refunded) in the following events:  

  • student temperature upon entry is at or above 37.2 (government restriction);  
  • student arrives without a mask;  
  • student, upon verbal enquiry by the usher, responds positively to the question, ‘Have you been in close contact with a person identified as or potentially affected with Covid-19 in the last two weeks?’;
  • student displays symptoms of illness (a persistent cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, a high temperature, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat). 

Some of the rules we would like you to follow when coming to our Teaching Centre: 

  • Please bring your own mask. We need to ask you to wear a mask at all times, including during the lesson, as this is a government requirement; 
  • Please bring your own water as this will not be available at the Teaching Centre;  
  • All classes will be taught on the second floor of our Teaching Centre. Upon your entry, after temperature screening and questioning by our usher, please proceed to the second floor straight away; 
  • Please use toilets that are situated on the second floor only; 
  • Please come to your class 20 minutes before the class starts. Should you arrive earlier, we would need to ask you to wait outside of the building before letting you in, as classroom cleaning is done before each class during this time; 
  • Should you choose to take two classes in a row, you would need to leave the building after the first class, to allow for the classroom to be cleaned.  

We are adhering to the following health and safety procedures in our Teaching Centre: 

  • Masks are required to be worn at all times; 
  • Social distancing measures are in place: maximum 10 people in the classroom with special seating arrangements in order to keep the required distance; 
  • Cleaning and sanitising are done daily before and after each class for teaching areas (including waiting areas) and public spaces connected to the classroom area. Cleaning of “high-touch” surfaces is done before each class;  
  • Hand sanitisers are available at the entrance and in each classroom. Liquid soap is freely available in toilets.

Measures for children in our teaching centres

The safety, well-being and protection of students remains central to us. We will continue to closely follow the advice and guidelines issued by the government authorities.  

With the beginning of the new academic year, the following measures on our premises will be obligatory for all staff and students:   

  • temperature check upon entry; 
  • masks worn at all times in public areas (but can be removed during the lesson); 
  • students bring their own water with them; 
  • physical distancing measures with maximum of 12 students in the classroom - special seating arrangements in order to keep the required distance;  
  • coming to the class and entering our premises no earlier than 15 min before the class starts; 
  • student can only leave the lesson for a toilet break and one at a time;  
  • students have to re-sanitize their hands each time they enter the class; 
  • windows are opened between classes for airing;  
  • cleaning and sanitising before and after each class will occur for teaching areas and public spaces connected to the classroom area;  
  • cleaning of “high-touch” surfaces before/after each class;   
  • hand sanitisers are available at the entrance and in each classroom;
  • parents are not allowed to enter the premises of the British Council Teaching Centre, as per updated pick up policy for kids under 11 y.o. 

Please be advised that on our premises we use different sanitisers that comply with state recommendations. If you think you child might experience an allergic reaction, please supply them with a sanitiser that you are confident won't cause a reaction. 

The following teaching modifications will apply during the class to ensure physical distancing and appropriate health and safety measures: 

  • entry/exit routines will be modified in order to avoid students queuing inside or outside the classroom; 
  • team games and activities will continue but without sharing of resources; 
  • craft activities will be limited.

Additional communication on health measures is placed in classrooms and in the atrium. 

We reserve the right to students deny entry in the following events:  

  • Your child temperature upon entry is at or above 37.2;  
  • Your child arrives without a mask; 
  • Your child, upon verbal enquiry by the teacher at start of lesson, responds positively to the question, ‘Have you been in close contact with a person identified as or potentially affected with Covid-19 in the last two weeks?’ 
  • Your child displays symptoms of illness (a persistent cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, a high temperature, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat).

In case we will have a case of Covid-19 disease in class of your child, we will be required to announce quarantine for the whole group for a period of up to 14 days. During that period, we will transition to online delivery.

Measures in our exam venues

Please read the following rules and procedures carefully before coming to our Test Centre. 

Please note that test-takers will be denied entry, however their test can be rescheduled or refunded in the following events:  

  • Test-taker temperature upon entry is at or above 37.2 (government restriction);  
  • Test-taker arrives without a mask;  
  • Test-taker displays symptoms of illness (a persistent cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, a high temperature, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat). 

Please do not attend your test if: 

  • You are under 14-day compulsory quarantine, stay-at-home order, medical surveillance or a self-quarantine order, as specified by the Ukrainian Government;
  • You have been in contact with any person suspected to have been exposed to coronavirus; or
  • You have symptoms of illness (a persistent cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, a high temperature, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat).  

If any of the above applies to you, please email info@britishcouncil.org.ua and we will reschedule your test, or provide you with a refund.

On test day: 

  • At registration, you will be asked to sign a document confirming that none of the above applies to you.
  • In order to avoid queues and crowding, please arrive at the venue at the time specified in e-mail from the British Council; 
  • Your temperature will be taken at the point of entry;
  • You will be required to wear a mask;
  • You will be asked to keep 2 m distance from other test takers and staff;
  • Please bring with you, and wear, a face mask that covers your mouth and nose. You may bring an extra mask if you wish to change it during the exam;
  • Masks will be checked to prove that there are no crib notes concealed within;
  • You will be requested to remove the mask for identification or other purposes; 

*Staff and examiners will also wear a face mask on the test day. 

  • Please bring your own stationary (pens, pencils), make sure there are no signs on them;
  • Please bring your own water in a transparent bottle, make sure there are no signs on the bottle. If the bottle is not transparent it will not be allowed in the test room;  

*for health safety reasons we will not provide water at the venue

  • If you wish to use your own sanitiser, you will be allowed to bring it into the test room, but it must be in a transparent bottle with no signs on it;
  • Please follow basic hygiene practices such as using the provided hand-sanitiser on test day and regularly washing your hands.

After your test:

  • If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days after taking your IELTS test, you are requested to report this to your test centre by email. This will help ensure we can communicate with other test takers and follow government advice.

More information on protecting yourself from novel coronavirus (COVID 19) is available here.