Almost 600 undergraduates responded to a recent government survey, with more than half indicating that they planned to travel back to the Island during the UK travel window of 3 to 9 December, which will give them enough time to self-isolate, if necessary, before Christmas.
About 45 respondents to the survey said that they may need help with self-isolation upon their return. A joint team from the Jersey Youth Service and Skills Jersey has been set up to assist them.
Assistant Education Minister Jeremy Maçon urged any students who had not responded to the survey, and who felt that they may need assistance to self-isolate on their return, to contact the Youth Enquiry Service at email@example.com or on 280530.
He added: ‘I would strongly encourage those students who wish to return to Jersey for the Christmas period to book their flights now. Unlike other Channel Island jurisdictions, there are currently scheduled flight options for students to book their travel home to Jersey and there is currently sufficient capacity via the commercial airlines for overseas students to return to the Island.
‘The data from the recent student survey has provided us with the information needed to understand demand. We are confident that additional flights can be provided at short notice, on a charter basis, should commercial flights no longer be available.’
The government has confirmed it will be providing information for returning students, including regular updates on gov.je.
Details will include which airline carriers are flying and from where, guidance on physical distancing and hygiene while travelling, self-isolation when arriving in Jersey and how to access mental-health and wellbeing support.
Students will also be offered support packs of basic cosmetics and supplies if they are unable to access provisions during self-isolation.