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Coronavirus – Covid-19 Update

We have had no known cases at New College Stamford.

Please see link below to letter to the letters sent to parents and students with details of actions we are taking. If you require further information please contact the Information Advice and Guidance Team at enquiries@stamford.ac.uk or you can leave a message on 01780 484 300.

Letter to students and parents 30 Mar 2020

Letter to students and parents 20 Mar 2020

Letter to students and parents 19 Mar 2020

Letter to employers 18 Mar 2020

Letter to students and parents 17 Mar 2020

Letter to students and parents 16 Mar 2020

Last Updated: 24 March 2020

Guidance from the Government

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Anyone can spread the virus.

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough

Check the NHS website if you have symptoms

Core Email Contacts

Course Enquiries and Admissions - enquiries@stamford.ac.uk

Transport - transport@stamford.ac.uk

Financial Support - financial.support@stamford.ac.uk

HR - humanresources@stamford.ac.uk

QRS - dgiddings@qualityrs.co.uk / rblanthorne@qualityrs.co.uk

IT - itsupport@stamford.ac.uk

Estates and Deliveries - estates@stamford.ac.uk

Finance - finance@stamford.ac.uk

Executive Team (Principals PA) - linda.westwood@stamford.ac.uk

Safeguarding Team - safeguarding@stamford.ac.uk

Additional Learning Support Team - als@stamford.ac.uk

EHCP Team - EHCP@stamford.ac.uk

Apprenticeships - Apprenticeships@stamford.ac.uk

Helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.​coronavirushelpline@​education.​gov.​uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, they are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. They appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that they answer your calls as quickly as possible they have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends.

Free School Meals Guidance

The government has confirmed that they will give us the flexibility to deliver meals or provide shop vouchers to students entitled to free school meals if they are no longer attending college, either due to closures or as a result of self-isolating at home. 

We will be able to provide meals or vouchers for supermarkets or local shops, which can be sent directly to families who are either self-isolating at home or whose schools are closed on government advice. Final rates will be confirmed in the coming days, but we have confirmed that the voucher value for each eligible child will exceed the rate that schools are paid for free school meals, recognising that families will not be buying food in bulk and may therefore incur higher costs.

Full guidance can be found here: 

https://​www​.gov​.uk/​g​o​v​e​r​n​m​e​n​t​/​p​u​b​l​i​c​a​t​i​o​n​s​/​c​o​v​i​d​-​1​9​-​f​r​e​e​-​s​c​h​o​o​l​-​m​e​a​l​s​-​g​u​i​dance

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.

https://​www​.gov​.uk/​g​o​v​e​r​n​m​e​n​t​/​n​e​w​s​/​p​u​b​l​i​c​-​i​n​f​o​r​m​a​t​i​o​n​-​c​a​m​p​a​i​g​n​-​f​o​c​u​s​e​s​-​o​n​-​h​a​n​d​w​a​shing

How to wash your hands in 20 seconds:

https://​www​.bbc​.co​.uk/​n​e​w​s​/​a​v​/​h​e​a​l​t​h​-​5​1​7​5​4​4​7​2​/​c​o​r​o​n​a​v​i​r​u​s​-​h​o​w​-​t​o​-​w​a​s​h​-​y​o​u​r​-​h​a​n​d​s​-​i​n​-​2​0​-​s​e​conds

Government Coronavirus action plan

On Tuesday 2nd March, the Coronavirus action plan was launched. This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next. 

The action plan can be found here: 

https://​www​.gov​.uk/​g​o​v​e​r​n​m​e​n​t​/​p​u​b​l​i​c​a​t​i​o​n​s​/​c​o​r​o​n​a​v​i​r​u​s​-​a​c​t​i​o​n​-plan

Action plan overview

The action plan sets out a four phased approach in response to the Coronavirus – Contain, Delay, Mitigate, and Research. An approach designed by world leading experts.

As there are already cases in the UK, the current emphasis is on the Contain and Research phases, but planning for Delay and Mitigation is already in train. 

As part of the Contain phase, we have been providing advice about educational settings in England, which can be found on Public Health England’s website. We also launched a DfE helpline to manage the flow of increasing queries, from providers parents and young people. 

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes – also help in delaying the peak of the infection. 

The action plan is a framework that outlines the types of options open to government in each of these four phases. But this document is only a list of the types of measures we could consider – not those we are planning to implement. 

Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

Advice for Staff

IMMEDIATE ACTIONS TO MINIMISE RISK

We must emphasise that there are currently no concerns at New College Stamford. We will, of course, remain cautious. 

The symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath

Once symptoms occur the chances are that the illness has already been spread as you may have been in contact with many people. 

If you are tested positive for COVID-19 you will be required to identify travel details and as many people as you can who you have been in contact with recently. If in any doubt, get ahead of a diagnosis by creating a list of this information.

To help us to prevent the spread of any respiratory virus, please make sure you follow these general principles:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick 
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home 
  • If you are worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

This is a fast-moving situation and the advice is constantly changing. The latest medical information can be found here: https://​www​.nhs​.uk/​c​o​n​d​i​t​i​o​n​s​/​c​o​r​o​n​a​v​i​r​u​s​-​c​o​v​i​d-19/

ADAPTING WORKING PRACTICES

The full impact of COVID-19 is yet to be established. For those in our college whose health is unaffected, we must do what we can to continue our work. We will keep you informed of any changes to job roles or responsibilities in the event of high absence, and you may need to adapt your working practices and make use of the facilities in place to work in a more agile way. This may include the following:

  • Changing travel arrangements
  • Cancellation of face-to-face meetings and using Google Hangouts (or Skype) where possible
  • Working from an alternative location, such as from home, where personal contact is minimal.

So you may be asked to temporarily:

  • Change working hours
  • Change working days
  • Change work location.

We are continuing to monitor government advice regarding student trips and other external activities. The College Website, accessible from home and work, will be updated daily with the latest advice and copies of communications with staff, students and parents. 

SICKNESS ABSENCE

Where there is a declared medical pandemic, we will make sure that the operation of our sickness absence policy follows the government’s advice. However, normal sickness benefits and procedures will apply in regard to:

  • Pay
  • Reporting sickness absence
  • Returning to work once medical clearance has been given.

Where you need to look after a family member who is ill but are not yourself ill, the Leave of Absence policy will apply.

SELF-ISOLATION — GENERAL

Staff and students who are advised to self-isolate by a healthcare professional should also read the guidance from Public Health England (please see below PDF titled Public Health England Advice for Home Isolation’).

Please note that self-isolation means no contact in person with the outside world, or with other people in your home (as far as possible), for a period of no less than 14 days before confirmation of not being infected. It is not simply time off college. The College will share records of all staff self-isolating with Public Health England. 

We are emailing all parents and students with the latest guidance on COVID-19 and self-isolation:

Students who are self-isolating have been asked to follow this college procedure:

  • Contact the College Absence Line on 01780 484300, option 1
  • Provide the best mobile number and best email address for college staff to contact you on during your period of self-isolation, as well as providing the usual information (your name, ID number, course and reason for absence)
  • Staff will contact you within 24 hours to provide work and study guidance during your period of self-isolation
  • We will log your self-isolation and regularly provide work for you to do at home
  • The basis on which you are working from home is called directed study’; this means we can give you a register mark of authorised absence’ and this won’t impact your attendance rate
  • We will monitor directed study and the use of Google Classroom
  • If you become sick during self-isolation, you should follow the College’s normal absence procedure
  • You must not return to College until your period of self-isolation is complete (currently stated by the government as 14 days). If you turn up to college within this two-week quarantine period, you will be sent directly to the medical room (at Borderville this will be the official changing room, and in the Houses it will be the Quiet Room in House 27) and your parents will be contacted to collect you and take you home.

Course Leaders will receive updates on their students who are self-isolating, together with an up-to-date mobile number and email address, and will be responsible for contacting the student with study information and direction to activities and material on Google Classroom during the period of self-isolation. 

As mentioned in the student procedure above, if a student self-isolates and then turns up to college within their two-week quarantine period, they should be sent directly to the medical room (or changing room at Borderville, or quiet room in House 27 for students at the Houses), and you should also notify Student Services so that we can arrange for their return home.

Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here: 

https://​pub​lichealth​mat​ters​.blog​.gov​.uk/​2​0​2​0​/​0​2​/​2​0​/​w​h​a​t​-​i​s​-​s​e​l​f​-​i​s​o​l​a​t​i​o​n​-​a​n​d​-​w​h​y​-​i​s​-​i​t​-​i​m​p​o​r​tant/

FURTHER UPDATES

The College will continue to follow the government’s guidance on the management of COVID-19. Our website will be updated daily so please check it each day. We will, of course, continue to email with key updates.

Advice for Parents and Students

SELF-ISOLATION

Students who feel they need to self-isolate are advised to read the guidance from Public Health England (please see below PDF titled Public Health England Advice for Home Isolation’)

Students should note that self-isolation means no contact in person with the outside world or with other people in your home (as far as possible). It is not simply time off college.

If your daughter or son is self-isolating they should follow this college procedure:

  • Contact the College Absence Line on 01780 484300, option 1
  • Provide the best mobile number and best email address for college staff to contact you on during your period of self-isolation, as well as providing the usual information (your name, ID number, course and reason for absence)
  • Staff will contact you within 24 hours to provide work and study guidance during your period of self-isolation
  • We will log your self-isolation and regularly provide work for you to do at home
  • The basis on which you are working from home is called directed study’; this means we can give you a register mark of authorised absence’ and this won’t impact your attendance rate
  • We will monitor directed study and the use of Google Classroom
  • If you become sick during self-isolation, you should follow the College’s normal absence procedure
  • You must not return to College until your period of self-isolation is complete (currently stated by the government as 14 days). If you turn up to college within this two-week quarantine period, you will be sent directly to the medical room and your parents will be contacted to collect you and take you home.

Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here: 

https://​pub​lichealth​mat​ters​.blog​.gov​.uk/​2​0​2​0​/​0​2​/​2​0​/​w​h​a​t​-​i​s​-​s​e​l​f​-​i​s​o​l​a​t​i​o​n​-​a​n​d​-​w​h​y​-​i​s​-​i​t​-​i​m​p​o​r​tant/

GENERAL PRINCIPLES FOR RESPIRATORY VIRUSES

To help us to prevent the spread of any respiratory virus, please make sure you and your daughter or son follow these general principles.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
  • If you are worried about your or your child’s symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

REGULAR UPDATES VIA COLLEGE WEBSITE

We will be providing regular updates via the College Website and will continue to follow the government’s advice. Parents are advised to refer to the College Website daily for the latest advice.

 

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