The safety of our students and staff remains our number one priority during this unprecedented time. The guidance below is for any learners who attend our college campuses for classes.
We have pulled together the following Frequently Asked Questions, which we hope will be of help to you. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate in contacting us.
Your safety remains our number one priority during these unprecedented times. We have taken stringent measures to ensure your safety on campus. These include:
• Learning bubbles – all students should remain within their designated learning bubble. You should not mix with other students outside your bubble, even during break periods
• Face masks – masks must be worn at all times while on site, unless exempt for health reasons
• Social distancing – all students and staff must keep 2m apart while on campus. Social distancing includes not hugging other students, shaking hands or any physical contact. You must not congregate in any public spaces
• Hand sanitising stations – hand sanitiser is available to all our staff and students, and must be used regularly while on site. This is in addition to the fact you must frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
• Enhanced cleaning – frequent cleaning schedule across our campuses
• A blended approach to timetabling – to reduce the numbers in College, some of our lessons will be taught online. All these lessons will be delivered by our phenomenal teachers and have been quality assured to Nelson and Colne College Group’s high standards
• Engaging with the NHS Test and Trace process – managing confirmed cases within the setting and containing any outbreak by following local health protection team advice
• Maintain enhanced cleaning, including frequently touched surfaces – Disinfectant wipes are available in all classrooms. Students and staff must use the disinfectant wipes available to clean down their desk before and after lessons or as required
• Keep occupied spaces well ventilated – Windows should remain open to allow for fresh air to circulate throughout the day and therefore students and staff may wish to wear more clothing layers
Onsite, you must follow all the measures listed in the Frequently Asked Question above. This includes remaining within your designated learning bubble and not mixing with other students outside of your bubble, event during break periods. You must maintain social distancing, and not congregate in public spaces. You must wear a face mask – unless exempt for health reasons.
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone around you getting ill with COVID-19
· Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
· Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
· Wash your hands as soon as you get to College and when you return home
· Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
· Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards – catch it, bin it, kill it!
Masks must be worn at all times while onsite, unless exempt for health reasons. This decision has been taken by the College, to ensure further safety of our students and staff, and minimise the risk of infection spreading. You can request an exemption by contacting the College Additional Learning Support Team email@example.com (Accrington) or firstname.lastname@example.org (Nelson)
Clinically extremely vulnerable students should continue to shield up to and including 31 March 2021 and are advised not to attend College until after the Easter break when further communications will follow. You will continue to be supported through remote learning.
If you have been advised to shield and you have not already done so, please email the College Nurse Deborah.Walmsely@nelsongroup.ac.uk
This means that students and staff must keep 2m apart while on campus. Social distancing includes not hugging other students, shaking hands or any physical contact. You must not congregate in any public spaces.
No, you must not meet anybody that is outside of your learning bubble for lunch or break periods. This is really important for the safety of yourself and others. The Refectory is limited to a ‘grab and go’ system to support with this and you will have been informed of the areas in which you can eat your lunch.
You should look for any of the following symptoms:
· New continuous cough
· Fever (a temperature of 37.8°C or higher)
· Loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
If you develop symptoms while at College, you must tell a member of staff, who will isolate you in the nearest vacant room. The member of staff will contact the First Aid Team, who will work with colleagues to get in touch with your emergency contact for transport home. You will be advised to book a test as soon as possible and share the results of this with College.
*For those over 18, you will be able to make your own way home – when agreed with a member of staff
If you develop these symptoms, however mild, at any point, you must stay at home and inform College. You will be advised to book a test as soon as possible and share the results of this with College: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
For general guidance visit:
Please follow the normal College absence procedures by calling the student absence line on 01282 440293 or email email@example.com. Please do not contact your tutor directly.
We will follow guidance from Public Health England, the local authority, and the Department for Education by identifying close contacts of anyone who tests positive for COVID-19. Close contacts will be advised by text and College email with information about what they need to do and how long they will have to self-isolate until. The emergency contact of students aged 18 and under will also receive a notification by text message. Close contacts are not required to get a COVID-19 test unless they develop symptoms.
Learning will continue at home for any students required to self-isolate. This may take different forms, depending on how many are isolating and the nature of the subject and lessons. Your teachers will let you know which format your learning will take.
If there is a positive COVID-19 case at College, and you have not been directly affected, you will not need any specific treatment or to change what you are doing. You should continue your activities as normal, unless you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. You are being asked to monitor your own health, looking out for any symptoms, such as a cough, loss of or change in taste/smell or fever. You are expected to attend lessons as planned, and continue to stay in your learning bubbles and maintain social distancing practices.
For general information on self-isolation click here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england#coronavirus-symptoms-what-to-do
If you experience any symptoms of COVID-19, you must not attend College and you must inform us of this by calling the student absence line on 01282 440293 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We advise you book a PCR test as soon as possible, and share the results of these with us by emailing email@example.com
Please note, that for adult learners attending a college campus in the evening or one of our community venues, testing facilities are not currently available. However, we are expecting further guidance from the Department for Education at the end of March. Further information will be provided in due course.
You can return to College provided you are well enough to do so. However, if any of the following apply, you must continue to self-isolate:
You must ensure you remain at home and should inform the College immediately by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You must continue with self-isolation for the defined period of time given to you by Test and Trace. You must not come into college and members of your household must also self-isolate for 10 days from when you first started showing symptoms, or 10 days from the date of your test if you did not have symptoms.