Activate Learning and Covid-19

Learn about what we're doing to keep our learners and staff safe and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Covid-19 safety for students aged 16-18

We are excited to be welcoming students back to college for the start of the new academic year. 

The past couple of years have been disruptive for students, as the pandemic meant that we had to implement lots of different measures, at different times, to keep everyone safe. 

This year we hope there will be a lot less disruption for everyone, thanks to the roll-out of the vaccination programme. 

However, Covid is still with us so here are some things that we will continue to do, as we think they are sensible and help to keep everyone protected: 

Testing 

As everyone returns to campus after the summer break, we will be encouraging everyone to take a lateral flow test (LFDs) that will be available in classrooms. This will allow us to identify anyone who may have Covid, but isn’t symptomatic, and take the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe.  

We will also continue to offer test kits for everyone to take home and use twice a week, which will allow us to catch any early infections and prevent you from passing it onto others. These test results will need to be logged via the NHS site (if negative) and through both the NHS site and Activate Learning’s own reporting form if it’s positive. 

Face coverings 

From 27 September, it will be voluntary for staff and students to wear face coverings in all areas of our campuses. This is in line with Government guidance. 

Cleaning 

Throughout the pandemic we’ve worked hard to ensure that all communal areas and classrooms are cleaned more often and used special hydrostatic spraying to provide longer lasting protection. We plan to keep doing this as we want to provide the cleanest, safest environment possible for people to learn in. 

Hand washing and sanitisers 

Good hand hygiene is something that has been so important to keeping everyone safe over the past 18 months, and it’s something we will continue to encourage. Regular hand washing will continue to be advised, and hand sanitisers will continue to be placed throughout our colleges for people to use. 

We’ve worked hard over the course of the pandemic to keep everyone as safe as possible and will continue to do so as we move into the new year, providing everyone with a safe environment to learn in. 

Tracing close contacts and isolation 

From 16 August, young people under the age of 18 will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. 

Instead, they will be advised to take a PCR test. Close contacts will be identified via NHS Test and Trace, working with the positive case to identify close contacts. Further details will be announced nearer the time. 

Young people who reach the age of 18 will be given four months to get vaccinated. At this point, they will be subject to the same rules as adults and if they choose not to get vaccinated, they will need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact. 

What to do if you feel unwell

If you feel unwell and are experiencing any Covid symptoms, please book a Covid test via the NHS. Please do not come into college to get a test kit if you are already feeling unwell. 

If you get a positive test result on the home test kit, you will need to arrange for a formal test to be carried out at a testing centre.  

While waiting for the result of this test you will need to self-isolate, and if the test result comes back positive, you will need to continue self-isolating for 10 days and ensure that others in your household self-isolate and get tested should they get any symptoms. 

Likewise, it’s important that you self-isolate and stay away from college if someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19. Where you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, the Government’s guidance is that you need to self-isolate for 10 days and get tested if you get symptoms. 

It’s really important that everyone follows the rules around self-isolation, as it helps prevent the spread of the virus and ensures everyone stays safe. 

Further information

If you have any questions about the above, please contact safe@activatelearning.ac.uk or call 01865 550401 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. 

What additional support is available to students? 

 If you need to speak to anyone about anything, our Safeguarding and Student Support team are on hand to support you. There are people there to help you with whatever it is you’re going through, so please do speak to us. 

What online resources do you have to support learning and wellbeing? 

In addition to your learning via ALO and the wellbeing support from the Safeguarding and Student Support team, we’ve also put together the following resources and information online to support your learning and wellbeing: 

How are you going to communicate further updates? 

We will continue to communicate regular updates via email and text alerts to ensure you get the information you need. 

We ask all students and parents to ensure their contact details are up to date with us so that you don’t miss any of these important updates. You can do this in the following ways: 

In addition, you will also get regular updates from your tutors regarding your faculty areas and studies.

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