COVID-19: How to keep us informed – update 22/10/2020
Working together to prevent the spread of coronavirus
Thank you to everyone for complying with the protocols in place at college designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Your health, safety and wellbeing are our key priority. We will continue to work together to make sure we do everything we can to stop the spread of the virus whilst supporting all students and apprentices to continue in learning.
As Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire is now in Tier 2 ‘High Alert’ measures, the college will continue to implement, promote and encourage safer working practices for our staff and students as detailed below.
Update on Covid cases at the college
As of Thursday 22 October, the college has recorded 9 confirmed cases of Covid amongst staff and students at the Chesterfield campus in the past week which have required us to follow track and trace procedures. All of those potentially affected by these cases have been informed and instructed to self isolate. Extra cleaning measures have been carried out in the zones where they have been studying or working.
If you have not been directly contacted and asked to self isolate or stay away from the college campus, this means your learning zone is safe and your learning on campus can continue.
As the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases rises in the community, we continue to be vigilant and take extra precautions to stop the spread of the virus within the college. We are following guidance from Public Health England and we are taking action to quickly identify and isolate any cases that arise.
We are working with these students to monitor their health and to provide access to online learning where appropriate.
The college remains open and you should continue to attend as normal if you remain well and have not received instruction to self-isolate.
We know this is a worrying time, but we want to remind you that we are here to support you. If you have any concerns please contact your tutor or your LEAP mentor who will help to answer any queries you may have.
As a parent, guardian, student/apprentice or employer, if you have any particular concerns in relation to COVID-19, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
To ensure we can respond rapidly to any reported cases of coronavirus, any student or apprentice that receives a positive COVID-19 test, are self-isolating or develops COVID related symptoms, must follow the steps below:
- In the first instance, please make contact by telephone with your tutor or Curriculum Operations Manager/Work Based Learning Manager.
- If you are unable to speak directly to your tutor/Curriculum Operations Manager/Work Based Learning Manager, please email email@example.com with details of your name, student number, course and tutor, indicating whether you have had a positive COVID test, are self-isolating and/or have symptoms.
Please do not email your tutor/ Curriculum Operations Manager/Work Based Learning Manager. The helpline will then contact the relevant members of staff within college who may be in touch with you for further information.
What to do if you develop symptoms of COVID 19
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you must not come to college and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when symptoms appeared. Please remember to inform your tutor if you become unwell. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via the NHS website or by calling 119.
All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.
Further information is available on the government’s website.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are the recent development of one or all of the following:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
What measures are in place? – A message to students, apprentices, parents and guardians
- Zones and bubbles have been created to limit the amount of people you come into contact with. Please stay in your bubble wherever possible in college and follow the rules of social distancing in and outside of college.
- Extra hygiene measures are available to wash and sanitise your hands more frequently.
- Face coverings must be worn in all communal areas and in instances where social distancing isn’t possible.
- Staff are wearing visors when teaching.
- Extra cleaning measures are in place in classrooms and workshops including any college equipment you need to use for your course.
- Specialist cleaning equipment is in use to sanitise and decontaminate any areas where positive cases may arise.
- Catering facilities are available in each zone of college to ensure you don’t need to cross zones to eat or drink.
- If you start to feel ill when you are at college please make a member of staff aware and stay where you are. A first-aider will come to you and we will arrange for you to get home safely.
How you can play your part
There are simple steps you can take to protect yourself and others in your day to day life and when you are in college. It is important to follow all national guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus including washing hands, making space and covering your face. For the latest advice visit the government’s dedicated coronavirus web page.
When you are in college following these simple steps will help:
- Wash and sanitise your hands for at least 20 seconds regularly and always before you eat or drink.
- Wear a face covering in communal areas and where social distancing is not possible.
- Please only use your own stationary and other personal equipment.
- Follow one way systems around college and try to use the stairs instead of lifts wherever you can.
- Stay in your bubble and zone.
- Remember social distancing rules when outside of college and don’t congregate in large groups at the beginning or end of the college day or during break times.
- 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
- Stay at home if you have symptoms of coronavirus or if you have been asked to self-isolate because you have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive.