The safety of our students and staff remains our number one priority during this unprecedented time. On this page you will find details on the stringent measures in place at our College to keep you safe, the measures you must take while on campus and guidance on what to do should you start experiencing symptoms of Covid-19.
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.
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What safety measures are in place on campus?
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
What is expected of me as a member of staff and student on site?
On site, 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 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
Do I have to wear a face mask?
Masks must be worn at all times while on site, 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 emailing the College Additional Learning Support Team or the College Nurse: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
What does social distancing mean?
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.
Am I allowed to meet people outside of my bubble for lunch/break periods?
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.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
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)
What do I do if I develop symptoms on site?
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
What do I do if I develop symptoms at home?
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. Please do not contact your tutor.
What will happen if there’s a positive COVID-19 case at College?
We will continue to monitor the situation daily and work closely with Public Health England, the local authority, and the Department for Education as required. We will communicate with students, parents and staff as the situation evolves. Please check your emails regularly.
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.
What if someone in my bubble tests positive for COVID-19?
Our College will implement guidance from Public Health England. You will receive very specific instructions from College regarding self-isolation and when it is safe to return to campus.
For general information on self-isolation click here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk#coronavirus-symptoms-what-to-do
How do I book a COVID-19 test?
If you experience any symptoms of COVID-19, you must not attend College and you must inform us of this by calling the absence line. We advise you book a test as soon as possible, and share the results of these with us.
What do I do if I get a negative test result?
If you have a test, which delivers a negative result, you must inform the College of this. Once you feel well enough and no longer have symptoms, you can stop self-isolating and return to learning.
What do I do if I get a positive test result?
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 at least 14 days from when you first started showing symptoms.
Who is considered a contact in our College setting?
A person who maintained appropriate social distancing (over 2 metres) would not be classed as a contact.
A contact is defined where someone has been in the the company of the positive person within 48 hours of them displaying symptoms and where any one of the following has occurred:
- direct close contact – face-to-face contact (within one metre) including, being coughed on, having a face-to-face conversation, or having unprotected skin-to-skin physical contact
- proximity contact – any close contact that is within 1 or 2 meters for more than 15 minutes
- travel contact – travelling in a small vehicle, like a car
- household contact – people who spend significant time in the same household
What does self-isolation mean?
Self-isolation means the child/staff member should:
- Not go to college, work or public places
- Not attend any other out of college activities or go around to a friends house
- Not use public transport or taxis
- Not go out to shop – order it online or ask a friend to bring it to your home
- Not have visitors in your home except for people providing essential care
- Not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one
- Inform GP practice or hospital or other healthcare setting that you are self-isolating if they must attend in person
How long does self-isolation last?
If a student has a confirmed positive case, they must not leave home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or the date of test if they have no symptoms.
If a student has been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case they must not leave home for 14 days from the date they last had contact with the case
Who do I inform if I have a positive Covid test during half term?
The health inbox (email@example.com) will be monitored over half term during working hours and therefore students MUST send emails to this address if they are sharing news of a positive Covid test result. you must not send to tutors as they may be on annual leave and unable to access emails.
Can I come into College if I’m awaiting a Covid test result?
No. in order to keep you and others in the college safe, you must not come to college if you or anyone else in your household has had a Covid test and is awaiting the results. You should self-isolate until the test results are known. Any students who ignore the college Covid safety expectations will face disciplinary action and may risk their place at college.
Where can I find information and support about Covid?
College related frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Covid can be found on either of the College websites as below:
For general advice follow:
To book a test visit:
To seek support because you may be worried about Covid-19 and how it could affect your life. This may include having to spend a lot of time at home. Or you may have concerns about being around other people, seek support at:
Additionally, there are lots of useful tips and support available in the college Health and Wellbeing newsletter and moodle page:
What do I do if I am Clinically Extremely Vulnerable and have been asked to Shield by my GP or Consultant?
These new shielding measures will apply nationally for 4 weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. At the end of the period, the Government will look to return to a regional approach and will issue further guidance at the time.
Students whose doctors have confirmed they are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable are advised not to attend College while this advice is in place. They should email the College Nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org who will provide further information and support.
Please note that students who live with someone who is Clinically Extremely Vulnerable, but who are not Clinically Extremely Vulnerable themselves, should still attend College as per Government guidance.
Please see the attached link for further information: