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Slide Covid-19 Update and College Response

Update: 13th October 2020

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday evening (12th October 2020), the current regional context and the sharp rise in Covid-19 cases locally, the college has now decided that – unless exempt from wearing one – all staff and students should wear a face covering (a mask, visor or both if preferred) in settings where a 2 metre distance cannot be observed. This now includes classrooms, salons, kitchens, workshops, staff rooms and, as before, indoor social spaces and corridors.

Given that Warrington and the surrounding areas – including Liverpool, Manchester and, now, Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East – are categorised by the government as either Tier 3 / Very High Risk (Liverpool) or Tier 2 / High Risk (the other areas listed) and the sharp increase in infection rates in the post-sixteen age group, we now feel this advice is necessary to keep everyone safe and well.

Please remember that, according to the guidelines and on the advice of NHS Test and Trace, staff and students will have to self-isolate for 14 days should they come within a 2 two metre distance for more than 15 minutes and/or within a one metre distance for more than a minute of any individual who subsequently tests positive for Covid-19. So, we ask that everyone in the college community observes a 2 metre distance from others wherever possible.

The college will continue to consult with Public Health England, following their guidance, as the pandemic takes its course to keep everyone safe.

Please continue to follow the government guidance:

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). If you, or anyone in your household, develops these symptoms, your whole household must remain at home and not go to work, school or public areas.

Please see the link to the PHE Staying at Home Guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

You should arrange testing for the person who has developed symptoms. When the result is known further advice will be available.

Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or via the NHS website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

 

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things we can all do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with 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.

Further information

Further information is available at  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Nichola Newton
Principal & Chief Executive

Covid-19 communication with students, parents and employers:

Students

  • If you are a student directly affected you will be informed by the college and advised to self-isolate
  • If you are a student not directly affected, you do not need to make any change to your usual routine, including college attendance

Parents

  • If you are a parent of a 16-18 year old student affected you will also be informed by the college

Apprentice employers

  • If you are an employer of an apprentice directly affected you will also be informed by the college

The safety of the college community is of paramount importance. Please be assured that we will continue to consult with Public Health England, following their guidance, as the pandemic takes its course.

 

Key staff contacts

16-18 Curriculum Area Contacts

Adult Courses Curriculum Area Contacts

 

Local authority letters

12th October 2020

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Student FAQs

Should my child attend college? – Latest Government Advice

DfE helpline

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a new helpline to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) related to education.

Staff, parents and students can contact the helpline by telephone and email.

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

 

Government launches Covid-19 Information Service on WhatsApp

To use the free Gov.uk Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.