Covid-19 Important Updates

Updated 29 November 2021

In light of the Downing Street briefing over the weekend and the new guidelines issued in respect of COVID -19 as a result of new variants circulating we are issuing the following guidance for staff and students as temporary precautionary measures:

All students using college transport should return to wearing face coverings at all times. We would also ask that you are respectful to all those travelling, continue to keep your distance where possible, stay seated and facing forwards at all times & use the hand sanitizer when boarding and departing. Anyone using public transport will also be required to wear a face covering.

All staff and students should wear a face covering when moving into and around any building. They should also be worn whilst in communal areas, such as the canteen / the Hive (except whilst eating), and whilst entering and moving around the LRC at York. Face coverings should also be worn in places where it is not possible to maintain social distancing, such as corridors.

If anyone does not have a face covering, College can supply you with one in the short term but please ensure going forward that you bring a face covering to college every day until further notice.
Usual exemptions apply – if you believe you have grounds to be exempt from wearing a face covering, you must go into Student Services or Learning Support to have that verified and we will issue you with an exemption card that you need to have with you at all times and produce it on request.

Staff only

Could staff /course managers ensure that this message goes out to all students via the teams channel and during lessons today

We will need volunteers to help out at bus drop off (Middlesbrough and York) and at lunchtime in particular tomorrow to help give out face coverings and enforcing the guidance in the communal areas.

Additional information

Covid-19 College Risk Assessment

Regular testing is vital! – please read our letter to parents and guardian – Askham_Bryan_College_Covid_19_parents_guardians_October_2021

Testing

Our expectation is that students will undertake home testing using twice weekly using Lateral Flow ‘Rapid Test’ kits as supplied by college. You will be given 2 packs of test kits during enrolment.

Wellbeing

We are all excited to see our students back in College but appreciate that Covid-19 and periods of lockdown have been tough for many individuals. If you want to talk to someone about your mental health, please contact Student Services in the first instance.

Safety measures

All our key safety measures are still in place to make our environment as Covid-safe as possible – maintaining cleaning regimes in shared spaces, reminders about hygiene, hand-washing and ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ and keeping occupied spaces ventilated where possible . We expect students to work with us to uphold the safety measures we have in place for the sake of everyone on campus and at home.

‘Bubbles’

You may remember from last year that there was the need to restrict mixing of groups where possible by keeping students together in their class ‘bubbles’ where possible. This is no longer a requirement, but it is possible that we may need to reintroduce them for a temporary period as a safety measure in the event, for instance of a local outbreak.

Transport

College transport is running as normal – remember you must wear a face-covering on the bus at all times.

Catering

Catering is available on site  – more details of opening times will be available on campus.

Absence Reporting

Students must fill in the absence reporting form (online) if they are not coming into college on one of their timetabled days, regardless of the reason.

 

Covid cases – WHAT TO DO!

SYMPTOMS

• NEW CONTINUOUS COUGH
• HIGH TEMPERATURE
• LOSS OF OR CHANGE IN YOUR NORMAL SENSE OF TASTE OR SMELL

IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 OR HAVE TESTED POSITIVE – DO NOT COME INTO COLLEGE

IF YOU GET A POSITIVE LATERAL FLOW TEST RESULT – DO NOT COME INTO COLLEGE.  GET A PCR TEST TO CHECK IF YOU HAVE COVID – 19.  WHILST YOU ARE WAITING FOR THE PCR RESULT, SELF-ISOLATE AND DO NOT COME INTO COLLEGE

IF YOU COME INTO COLLEGE AND HAVE SYMPTOMS, YOU WILL NEED TO RETUN HOME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE THAT DAY- YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TRAVEL ON OUR TRANSPORT OR PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

Close contacts / household contacts

If you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you should stay at home and self-isolate. HOWEVER – if you are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months you will not be required to self-isolate if you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Anyone over the age of 18 years and 6 months who has only had one vaccine will still have to self-isolate.

Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine.

NHS Test and Trace will contact you to let you know that you have been identified as a contact and check whether you are legally required to self-isolate. If you are not legally required to self-isolate, you will be provided with advice on testing and given guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19, including limiting close contact with other people outside your household, and wearing a face covering, especially in enclosed spaces. Even if you do not have symptoms, you will be advised to have a PCR test as soon as possible.

FOR FUL DETAILS ON SELF-ISOLATION and TESTING:

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

AND THE GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE FOR COLLEGES
Further education COVID-19 operational guidance – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Student Code of Conduct

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our students back onto our campuses. The college remains a Covid secure environment with a comprehensive range of measures in place to keep you safe. We are committed to following the guidance provided by Public Health England and the Department for Education. Please remind yourself of the expectations we have of our students when you return – we all must play our part in keeping each other safe. The student Code of Conduct can be found here.

General Information

The welfare of our college community is paramount in our decision making, along with supporting current public health advice; Public Health England (PHE)
Department for Education (DfE), Department for Education Coronavirus helpline on 0800 046 8687 or email, DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Further up-to-date information is available at:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Top Tips for Mental Health

Askham Bryan College cares about our community and continues to support personal well-being and mental health. For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services

Any further questions or something you’re unsure about?

If you have any concerns, or questions that are not answered on this webpage, please email: enquiries@askham-bryan.ac.uk

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