We continue to follow current government guidance on COVID-19, which can be found here.
Following the government’s guidance that all schools and colleges should re-open from September, we’ve been working hard to get our campuses ready for students to safely return to college.
We’ve put a number of measures in place to ensure we meet the government’s requirements for social distancing and other safety considerations. Please take a few minutes to watch the following short video, which provides information on some of the changes you need to be made aware of before you start college.
Your health and well-being are of the utmost importance to us and we have put a number of measures in place to ensure you can return to college safely.
If you travel to college by bus or train, you’ll need to wear a face covering in line with current government guidance. When moving around college, all students, staff and visitors will be expected to wear a face covering in communal areas inside college buildings, including corridors, reception areas and social spaces.
In most classroom settings, you won’t be required to routinely wear a face covering, but will be expected to follow the social distancing measures in place. In circumstances where you need to be in close proximity with your teacher, learning support staff or another student, you may be asked to put on your face covering.
What constitutes a face covering and how to wear one
In the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering, but these must securely fit round the side of the face. It is not acceptable to wear a face covering with inappropriate or offensive images or text.
We recommend that you either use a reusable face covering and wash it at the end of each day or dispose of a disposable mask at the end of every day. By following the simple measures set out below, you can help to keep yourself and those around you safer.
While wearing your mask, you should:
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times
- store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them
- wash a reusable face covering daily - it can go in with other laundry, using your normal detergent or dispose of a disposable one daily
- ensure your mask is tight-fitting and covers your nose and mouth
- not share your mask with any other person
- not pull your mask away from your face to speak.
For more information on how to wear your mask and further protection measures, please watch this short video.
Click here for further guidance on how to make your own reusable mask.
Social distancing guidelines
All of our campuses have been assessed and, in most cases, classrooms, workshops and public areas have been re-arranged to comply with government social distancing guidelines.
In the classroom
Teaching rooms and workshops have been re-organised to meet social distancing requirements. This will mean that desks will be further apart and there will be fewer students in each classroom.
You won't usually need to wear a face covering in lessons, although many practical activities may require additional protective clothing and equipment.
Moving around college
To help you to move around college safely, we have introduced designated hand sanitising stations at the entrances and at various other points inside of each building. Please make sure you use hand sanitiser upon entrance to a building and as frequently as possible while moving around the college buildings.
We have also introduced one-way systems which are clearly signposted around the college buildings. For you to be able to navigate the building safely, please follow the direction of the arrows on the floor of the building.
Additional cleaning and hygiene
We’ve increased our daily cleaning routines to ensure more frequent and thorough cleaning and sanitising across the college campuses.
You can do your bit to help to ensure the safety of others by regularly washing and sanitising your hands, especially:
- when you arrive on-site
- when you return from a break
- when you are moving around the campus
- before and after eating, and using the toilet.
Response to infection - symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.
What to do if you have symptoms
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus, please follow the steps below. More detailed government guidance is available here.
- Stay at home; do not come to college. (If you display symptoms whilst at college, you will need to go home immediately.)
- Telephone the college absence line on 01553 815999 to inform us of the reason for your absence.
- Get a test. Book online or by calling the NHS on 119 to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
- Stay at home until you get the test result. If you are getting a test because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must stay at home until you get your result. You must only leave your home to have a test and not have visitors until you get your test result.
If you test positive for coronavirus, you must self-isolate immediately
- If you had a test because you had symptoms, you must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started.
- If you had a test but have not had symptoms, self-isolate for 10 days from when you had the test.
- Anyone you live with must self-isolate for 14 days from when you start self-isolating.
If you test negative for coronavirus, you no longer need to self-isolate with your household, as long as:
- everyone you live with who has symptoms tests negative
- you were not told to self-isolate for 14 days by NHS Test and Trace
- you feel well – if you feel unwell, stay at home until you’re feeling better.
If you have diarrhoea or you’re being sick, stay at home until 48 hours after they've stopped.
To read more information on what to do when you receive your test result, please click here to visit the NHS information page.
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