Living safely with respiratory infections, including COVID-19
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We understand that COVID-19, along with many other respiratory infections such as influenza (flu), can spread easily and cause serious illness in some people. This page provides you with answers to some of the most common questions. However, if you have a question not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact your Progress Mentor.
- 1. Where can I find the latest government guidance that the college is following?
The “Further education COVID-19 operational guidance” has now been withdrawn. The relevant guidance is as follows:
- 2. How can I stay up to date with communications from the college?
All Runshaw students will receive regular updates via their college email account. Please therefore check emails on a daily basis and follow all instructions from your teachers and progress mentor. If you have forgotten the password to your college account, you can reset it using the password management tool.
The parents/guardians/carers of Runshaw students will receive regular updates via the Communications Portal. If you do not already have an account, please sign up here.
- 3. What action is the college taking, to reduce the risk of respiratory infection?
We are committed to providing outstanding teaching, learning and assessment for all students, within an environment that protects the health, safety and wellbeing of our whole college community.
The 5 key controls that the college is following are:
- Good hand and respiratory hygiene
- Enhanced cleaning regimes
- Ventilation of occupied spaces
- Testing and self-isolation
- Vaccinations and boosters
You can also check out the full college risk assessment here: Covid 19 Risk Assessment
- 4. Which measures have recently changed?
The Prime Minister has now set out the next phase of the government’s COVID-19 response ‘Living with COVID-19’. COVID-19 continues to be a virus that we learn to live with and the imperative to reduce the disruption to young people’s education remains.
As such, the following measures are no longer in place:
- Face coverings are no longer required in any part of the college (though staff and students are welcome to wear them if they wish).
- Regular (asymptomatic) Lateral Flow Testing is no longer required, and the college no longer routinely provides LFD test kits.
- The legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test has now been removed.
- Routine contact tracing has now ended. Contacts are no longer required to self-isolate or advised to take daily tests. Staff and students should attend college as usual.
- 5. What should I do if I develop COVID symptoms?
The NHS currently lists the possible coronavirus symptoms on their website. The symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu.
What to do if you have symptoms
Try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and either:
- you have a high temperature
- you do not feel well enough to go to college or do your normal activities
Take extra care to avoid close contact with anyone who is at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19. You can go back to your normal activities when you feel better or do not have a high temperature. Find out more about what to do if you have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19.
Changes to testing for COVID-19
Free testing for COVID-19 from the NHS has ended for most people in England. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you are no longer required to do a rapid lateral flow or PCR test. If you still want to get tested and you’re not eligible for a free NHS test, you must pay for a COVID-19 test yourself. You can buy a COVID-19 test from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online. Find out more about changes to testing for COVID-19 in England.
- 6. What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
Please see the latest NHS guidance by clicking here.
- 7. How can I get a COVID vaccination?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone aged 5 or over. We strongly encourage everyone aged 5 or over to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
People aged 5 and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of a vaccine. First doses for students were provided at college but the second dose must be booked online. Please see the latest information about getting a vaccination here.
- 8. Who can I talk to, if I am worried about my learning or my wellbeing?
All Runshaw students have a dedicated Progress Mentor who is available via a direct phone number and email address, for support at any time. If you have any concerns, about anything at all, please let them know and they will be happy to help.
In addition, our student support services, including counselling, are fully accessible online as well as on campus.
- 9. Do I need a laptop and is there technical support from college?
Remote learning may possibly be required due to self-isolation or local outbreaks. We therefore recommend that all students have access to their own technology to access their study programme, including the right hardware (for example, a laptop), software and connectivity (for example, broadband). If you find that obtaining the right technology is difficult because of financial reasons, the college might be able to support you. Please ask your progress mentor about our bursaries and laptop loans. Our friendly and award-winning IT Services team are always happy to help with any technical support needs. Please access their support via the Student Portal.
- 10. How can I be sure that Runshaw College is adapting appropriately, as a result of the pandemic?
Ofsted completed a series of visits to colleges, to explore how well we were adapting to the pandemic. They visited Runshaw in October 2020.
In this visit, the two Her Majesty’s Inspectors explored the following 3 themes:
- What actions are leaders taking to ensure that they provide an appropriate curriculum that responds to the reasonable needs of learners and stakeholders and adapts to changed circumstances?
- What steps are leaders, managers and staff taking to ensure that the approaches used for building knowledge and skills are appropriate to meet the reasonable needs of learners?
- How are leaders ensuring that learners are safe and well informed about potential risks, including from online sources?
They were extremely positive about everything they saw. Their full report has been published – click here.