Covid - Lesson Guidelines and precautions

 

 

Before each arranged lesson :

● Before I leave to collect you for a lesson I will contact you by text or Whatsapp to check if you have had any symptoms of the virus within the last 7 days or, if anyone you know or have been in contact with are showing symptoms, or has done so within the last 14 days. If the lesson needs to be cancelled at this point, you will not be charged.

● Please consider that your actions could have an affect on all my other pupils.

● In line with Government guidance, please wash your hands for at least 20 seconds immediately before leaving the house for your lesson.

● At present it is a requirement that we wear suitable clothing and footwear that minimises the exposure of bare skin (arms, legs, feet) whilst in car. This means wearing long sleeved tops and shirts (no T-shirts, short sleeve shirts or tops), long trousers (no shorts, short dresses or skirts) and footwear such as comfortable shoes or trainers (no open toed sandals). There may be a change to this policy and Standard Operating Procedure, but this is the current guidance regarding clothing and footwear. You will be updated, as and when this guidance changes.

● You will be required to wear a face mask/covering at all times whilst in the car. You will need to provide your own fitted mask which you are comfortable wearing.

 

 

At start of lesson :

 

● Once I arrive to collect you I will again assess whether you are well enough to start the lesson. I will not let you get into the car straight away but have a conversation with you at least 2 metres away to see if you have any symptoms.

● If at the pickup point I am not 100% happy with your state of health I will not start the lesson and will explain to you that lessons will not resume until you have recovered fully.

• If you display symptoms during the lesson that concern me, I will end the lesson and return you home. You will be charged for the lesson.

● I will then provide you with some sanitizer to use, if you have any allergies to regular alcohol based sanitizer then you will need to supply your own suitable alternative to use.

● I will explain that I have also just cleaned my hands with hand sanitizer and that both of us should avoid contact and touching our faces.

● I will wear disposable gloves and it will be up to you if you want to (please only put them on as you reach the car) but this is your choice and you will need to supply your own and safely dispose of them after.

● I will explain that between lessons I have cleaned internal parts of the car including door handles inside and out, windows and mirror controls, seat and head restraints, seatbelt and its connection, gear lever, steering wheel, indicator and wiper stalks, car keys and training resources.

● If at any point during the lesson I have to touch the controls or steering wheel then we will pull over as soon as sensible to wipe down controls and hands.

● I will explain that the windows will be down as much as possible during the lesson to allow for ventilation, be aware it might be cooler in the car.

● We will use the air conditioning when needed, however if it is used it will not be set to recirculate.

● Any new clients will need their licence checked electronically at

 https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence  

You need to text me the last 8 characters of your driving licence and the check code you were given. I will ask you to hold the licence up so I can check it. I will not touch or take the licence from you. The code will be valid for 21 days and I can only use the code once.

 

 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

● I will have hand sanitiser and clean my hands regularly.

● 70%+ Alcohol wipes or anti-viral spray will be used to clean down the car between lessons.

● I will have a supply of disposable bin bags in the car and will put all wipes and tissues in the bin bag. I will change the bin bag regularly and dispose of it responsibly.

● I will wash my clothing as soon as I have finished work for the day.

● Because we cannot maintain being 1+ metres apart, we will try to avoid directly facing each other when discussing scenarios, as it is safer to face forwards in the vehicle.

● Wherever possible we will avoid the handling of cash and use electronic payments. If you pay in cash, please provide the right amount as I will not carry any change.

 

After the lesson:

• After your lesson I will repeat the same cleaning process again before driving to pick up my next pupil

● I will remind you to wash your hands as soon as you get back into your home.

 

Taking you to a test:

● I will allow time on arrival at the test centre to wipe down the examiners side of the vehicle, including seat and head restraint, seatbelt and its connection, the dashboard area and passenger door contact points.

● At present all test centre waiting rooms and toilets are closed and not available for use.

● I will explain to you how the examiner will conduct the test.

● I will not be allowed to accompany you on the test.

● I may not be allowed to attend at the end of test debrief.

● Full details of how tests will be conducted can be found here -

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-driving-tests-and-theory-tests

 

T&C Update during Covid 19

● Before starting a lesson course from July 2020 onwards I will need you to complete a Risk Assessment form which I will send to you.

● If I display symptoms or have been in contact with other people who have displayed symptoms within the last 7 days, I will cancel all lessons with immediate effect and try to notify you as soon as possible, and will not be liable for lesson or test cancellation refunds.

● Should you or I show symptoms during the lesson, the lesson will be terminated at no cost.

● Please be aware that all lessons and tests will be subject to the NHS Track +Trace service if any symptoms are displayed. You will need to consent to your contact details being shared for this purpose

Data Protection Statement: All data is held securely by your Driving Instructor. Data will be treated in strictest confidence and will never be disclosed to external third parties or organisations, other than those – such as an NHS Medical or Track & Trace professional - who may require evidence in respect of your responses relating to your health, symptoms and that of your Driving Instructor in relation to Covid-19.

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