Today (19/11/2020) we received confirmation of 1 positive Covid-19 test for current students/staff.
As required by Department for Education guidance, we worked with Public Health England and immediately contacted all students and staff who had been in direct contact with them. Direct contact is spending more than 15 minutes at less than 2m distance. The small number of people who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days.
In line with Public Health England advice, no other students or staff need to self-isolate at this time, unless they have been individually contacted today and told to do so. The safety of our staff and students remains our priority and we continue to follow our own protocols in line with Government and Public Health England advice.
It is really important that we all continue to take the steps needed to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19. So please remember to:
- Wear your lanyard and ID badge around your neck whenever you are on college campus so that it can been seen.
- Keep left, in single file in corridors and only use staircases for up or down movements as sign posted.
- Face coverings must be worn on buses and all indoor areas except classrooms by all students and staff who do not have exemption. It is recommended that students wear a face covering in classrooms where sitting 2m apart is not possible. Staff or students with an exemption can collect a discrete exemption card from their PTL which can be stored behind your ID card on your lanyard and used to quickly end discussions with staff who will ask students “should you be wearing a face covering?”
- Sanitise and wash hands when entering and exiting all buildings and rooms.
- Wipe tables in classrooms, LRCs and refectories before and after use.
- 1st year students (blue lanyards) use Temple LRC and Refectory, 2nd year students (green lanyards) use Garrow refectory and LRCs.
- Stick to the seating plan you have been put into for each course.
- Keep social distance of 2m where possible, avoid spending time in groups larger 6 and wear a face covering when they are unable to do so – even when outside.
- Stay on site where possible and only leave site to visit essential shops, take exercise or buy food from takeaways. Students leaving site must not leave in groups of more than 2 and must comply with all new national restrictions.
If you have any Covid-19 related concerns or questions, please refer to the guidance at www.nhs.uk or www.gov.uk for the most up-to-date information and advice.
Further details on how the College is responding to the challenges posed by Coronavirus and the latest advice and guidance can be found below and by following us on social media.
Alternatively, if you have any questions you can call us on 01208 224000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Jon Grey
**Updated 19 November 2020** COVID-19 advice and guidance:
COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person.
Other Covid-19 Advice and Guidance:
Course and Qualification Information
Guidance for year 11 students
Year 11 students preparation work
Second Year Leavers Process
Online Safety and Advice for Students
Online Safety and Advice for Parents/Carers
Higher Education/UCAS Information for Parents/Carers
Mental Health Advice and Guidance
Remote Learning Guide
Covid-19 safety measures in place – Updated 27 August 2020
In response to the guidelines published by the government, we have measures in place and are ready for the safe return of students and staff.
Find out more about these safety measures below:
Space - Our current campus buildings are spacious, modern and well ventilated (including automated fresh air replacement system). For September 2020 we are constructing a new building to allow us to spread out further. The new building contains 7 classrooms, toilet facilities, a new study centre and offices. This will add to our existing communal spaces and allow reduced classroom changes for staff and students.
Bus travel - All students will be expected to follow the bus company rules for wearing face coverings when travelling on college or public buses. Face coverings will be required on buses. Fresh face coverings should be used for each journey. College buses will run as normal.
Bus passes will be contactless utilising a mobile app.
Students will be able to track GPS location of buses via the app to reduce waiting times at bus stops.
Buses will undergo rigorous, daily cleaning procedures.
All Callywith bus services will be for the exclusive use of Callywith students with no members of the public having access.
General - **All staff and students must carry a face covering in a plastic bag whilst at College.**
Face coverings must be worn around the College, particularly when moving through corridors and other communal areas, students are also encouraged to wear them in classrooms and study areas. Those who are exempt from wearing a face covering are advised to carry or wear their exemption certificate, to avoid misunderstanding.
Regular hand washing and/or hand sanitising is required throughout the day. Sanitising stations are present in the entrance to all buildings, all classrooms, all learning centres and refectories.
We recommend that all staff and students carry personal pens, sanitiser and wipes, in case of unexpected shortages.
Timetables will be issued on 3rd September 2020 and be available online via our Student Advantage app.
At the time of writing, we plan to follow the government guidelines and support all students to attend classes in College. We have contingency plans to utilise remote delivery and online learning should the situation change.
All buildings have one-way systems in operation.
The College operates a cashless catering system. You can use debit cards and contactless payment Apps for contactless payment, or you can load cash onto the ID cards by using the on-site cash loading machines.
Catering – all areas will be open for takeaway food only, with one-way service systems, socially distanced standing use of catering areas for consumption of food available.
Additional, covered outside seating has been installed around the college site for use where possible.
Classrooms have been modified with all seats facing forward and tables spaced appropriately.
Learning centres have been adapted to create socially distanced workstations. Desk cleaning and hand cleaning stations are installed in all areas.
Day-time cleaning has been increased to ensure high frequency cleaning of touch points such as toilets, door handles and handrails around the campus.
“Catch it – Bin it – kill it” and “effective hand washing” posters and strategies have been installed.
Sneeze screens have been installed in all areas where support staff have high frequency of engagements with individual students and Microsoft Teams will be used for some aspects of 1 to 1 support.
Visitors have restricted access to site and will only normally attend the campus outside of normal teaching hours.
The College has a roaming Wi-Fi system which you will be able to log into for free access. Whilst it is not essential, we encourage students to have and use their own mobile computing devices (e.g. laptop, tablet or netbook) where possible to aid with their studies on campus and engage with online learning. On campus, we have open access study centres equipped with computers for student use which due to Covid-19 will be spaced further apart and cleaned more frequently.
Any student who has Covid-19 symptoms should not attend College, but should immediately arrange a test on-line by going to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/. This must be notified to your tutor and the College through the students’ curriculum secretary by calling 01208 224490 or emailing email@example.com. You should then follow the track and trace advice given by the NHS Test Centre.
Any student who finds they have developed symptoms whist in college should immediately contact a member of staff who will advise of the nearest isolation room to await collection by a family member. These rooms will be located in the most convenient position to avoid contact with others.