This page aims to provide you with everything you need to know about the measures that have been put in place to ensure learning delivery continues throughout these unprecedented times, and the college sites remain a safe environment in accordance with Government guidelines.
The guidance is constantly changing, and so will the information on this page to reflect any updates, therefore please ensure you check back regularly. Whilst there is a lot of information provided on this page, it’s important that you understand the measures we are putting in place to minimise further transmission of the virus.
Following the latest Government guidance, there are two parts to our approach:
- Minimising contact with anyone with coronavirus symptoms by ensuring they do not come on site
Site access is currently restricted, with a small number of staff continuing to work onsite until further notice. Should you require access to site for EPA preparation, or to access materials, equipment etc. and you have any of the coronavirus symptoms, have tested positive within the last 10 days, or you are required to self-isolate due to someone in your household testing positive, you will be unable to attend site. Please contact us immediately by calling us on 0330 120 0375.
If privileged access has been granted, and you are able to attend site and you develop symptoms whilst on site, please inform your lecturer or a member of the Learner Experience team ASAP. You will then be asked to leave site and go straight home, avoiding public transport – if you need to be collected, you will be asked to wait in an isolated room until your lift arrives.
- The main symptoms of coronavirus are a new, continuous cough/a high temperature/loss of, or change in your normal sense of smell (anosmia)/taste.
- You will need to self-isolate for 10 days and arrange to have a test to see if you have coronavirus, and other members of your household should also self-isolate for 14 days from when the first person had symptoms.
Information on testing can be found here
Stay at home guidance can be found here
- Where recommended, use of face coverings
Face coverings are required to be worn in colleges where social distancing cannot be maintained. Our social distancing measures will help to limit potential transmission of the virus, but in all social areas, a face covering must be worn.
- Regular hand cleaning
Coronavirus is very easy to kill when it is on the skin, so washing your hands more often is very important. We have introduced new hand sanitising stations throughout the college buildings and have replaced our hand driers with towel dispensers. A hand sanitising station has been placed in the temporary entrance where you will be asked to sanitise your hands and you will be reminded to use our hand sanitising stations on a frequent basis.
- Promotion of the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach continues to be very important and you will be reminded to do this when using tissues and drying hands while on site.
- Enhanced cleaning
We have put in place an enhanced cleaning schedule. Rooms, facilities, toilets, and surfaces that are frequently touched will be cleaned more often and our cleaning teams are using the latest NHS-standard detergents.
- Social distancing
Reducing the contact and maintaining distance between individuals will help to limit transmission of the coronavirus, and this will be achieved by:
- Delivering a ‘remote learning’ delivery model where all lessons will take place online
- All people on site being asked to maintain a 2-metre distance from each other
- Promoting walking and cycling as possible alternatives for travel to/from the college
- Implementing one-way systems throughout the buildings
- Restricting access to the lifts to maximum of 2 people (try and use the stairs if possible)
- Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) where appropriate
PPE will be used where an individual becomes ill with coronavirus symptoms while on site, and if a 2-metre distance cannot be maintained. Usual PPE requirements such as in the workshop and for practical activities will be required as normal.
RESPONSE TO ANY INFECTION
- We will engage with the NHS Test and Trace process
Anyone attending the college campuses where needed will be reminded of our obligation to use the NHS Test and Trace process.
- If you have any symptoms of coronavirus, you must book a test, not come on site as planned and go home to self-isolate
- If you test positive, you must provide details of anyone you have been in close contact with
- If you have been in close contact with someone with coronavirus symptoms or they test positive for coronavirus, you must also self-isolate
Tests can be booked via the NHS website here or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet
If you test negative and feel well, you can stop self-isolating. If you still feel unwell, you could have another virus (such as cold or flu) – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with people until you are feeling better. Other members of your household can also stop self-isolating.
If you test positive, you should follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus and must self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of your symptoms. You should only make arrangements if needed to return onsite when you no longer have symptoms other than a cough or loss of taste/smell (this is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone). The 10-day isolation period starts from the day you first became ill – if you still have a high temperature, you should keep self-isolating until it becomes normal. Other members of the household should also continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.
Stay at home guidance can be found here
- We will manage confirmed cases of coronavirus amongst our College Community
If we become aware that someone who has attended college has tested positive, we are required to inform the local health protection team and we will be required to send home people who have been in close contact with that person when they were infectious. Close contact means:
- Direct close contacts – face to face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 metre, including being coughed on, a face to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin to skin)
- Proximity contacts – extended close contact (within 1 to 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual
- Travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person.
Household members of those contacts who are sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the learner or staff member who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms.
- In the event of any outbreak, we will follow local health protection team advice in order to contain it
If we have 2 or more confirmed cases within 14 days, or an overall rise in sickness absence where coronavirus (COVID-19) is suspected, the college will continue to work with our local health protection team who will advise you if additional action is required.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Access to the building is to be made via the side entrance
- When arriving on site you must wear a face masks at all times within all public areas
- You must report to main reception on arrival
- You must adhere to all signage and guidelines in place
- You must sanitise your hands on arrival and frequently throughout the duration of site access
- You must keep to the left at all times
- You must maintain a 2 metre distance of others at all times
- Limited cleaning is in place (particular attention is being made to key touch points, toilets etc.)
General Enquiries & Admissions
Learner Experience & CEIAG Enquiries
[email protected] | 0330 120 0375
[email protected] | 07471 353 426
Head of Education Training Performance
Andrew Friesen | [email protected] | 0121 295 4207
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