We are continuing to follow guidance from the Department for Education, Public Health England and Lancashire County Council, to protect learners and staff and reduce the risk of COVID 19.
We have pulled together the following Frequently Asked Questions, for any learners who attend our college campuses for classes, which we hope will be of help to you. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate in contacting us.
As the government has moved to step 4 of the roadmap, a number of significant measures have been removed for educational settings. We are continuing with the following safety measures on our campuses:
• Hand sanitising stations – hand sanitiser is available to all our learners and staff, and should be used regularly while on site. This is in addition to the fact you should regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds throughout the day
• Maintain cleaning, including frequently touched surfaces – disinfectant wipes are available in all classrooms. Learners and staff should use the 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 learners and staff may wish to wear more clothing layers
• Follow Public Health advice- this includes guidance on testing and providing information to learners and staff who are symptomatic or test positive
You should follow all the safety measures listed above.
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!
Additionally, take up the offer of both doses of the vaccine as soon as you become eligible. More information on how to get the vaccine please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
If you develop symptoms of Covid-19, do not come into college. Follow advice given in the Frequently Asked Questions below.
Learners and staff are welcome to wear face covering in College, if they wish.
Clinically extremely vulnerable learners should attend college unless they have been advised by their GP or Clinician not to attend.
If you have any college related questions about this matter please email email@example.com
You should look for any of the following symptoms:
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 either get in touch with your emergency contact for transport home, if needed. You will be advised to book a test as soon as possible and share the results of this with College.
If you develop 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not contact your tutor directly.
Close contacts will be identified via NHS Track and Trace.
From 16 August 2021 fully vaccinated adults will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. All close contacts will be advised to take a PCR test.
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.
There are two main types of test currently being used to detect if someone has COVID-19:
• Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests – these are used to test people with symptoms of COVID-19
• Lateral Flow Device antigen (LFD) tests – these are used to test people without symptoms (known as asymptomatic testing)
The government is currently recommending learners and staff attending college test themselves twice a week at home using LFD tests.
All adults in England can order Lateral Flow test kits online via https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests . If you prefer to collect a LFD test kit in person click this link to find a collection point near you https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/ . Additionally, learners studying at either Nelson or Accrington campuses during the day can collect test kits from Student Services.
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 you should always book a PCR test. To do this please visit: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
If you have taken a PCR or LFD test, 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 if:
– You have been informed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
– You have recently returned from a country where quarantine is required.
If you have taken a LFD (home kit) test, you must report your negative result to this website. You will receive a text or email from NHS Test & Trace confirming that you have reported your test result. You also need to tell the college the test result by emailing email@example.com.
If you have taken a PCR (lab processed) test, you must ensure you remain at home and 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.
If you have taken an LFD (home kit) test, you must report your positive result to this website and to the College immediately by emailing email@example.com . You will receive a text or email from NHS Test & Trace confirming that you have reported your result, with information to book a confirmatory PCR test. This must be done within 2 days of your positive LFD result. You must not come into college. When you have received your confirmatory PCR test result, staff in college will confirm when you can return.