Covid-19

Information published on Wednesday 4th November

Covid-19 is changing the way we learn and work together at the College to prevent the spread of the virus. This important information explains the actions you need to take and how we continue to give young people the best education in the safest way possible. Cases are currently rising in the city and we must act now in line with Government guidelines. 

One important part of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of students, parents and our communities is testing and self-isolation for coronavirus.

Under no circumstances should you come to College if:

  • you or anyone in your household has any of the Covid-19 symptoms
  • if you or anyone in your household has been in contact with anyone who has tested positive
  • if NHS Track & Trace have told you to isolate

We all have a duty to make sure that the right people have access to get tested at the right time. Every time a test is used inappropriately, a person with Covid-19 symptoms may miss out on getting tested.

Therefore, the Government ask that you all follow these principles:

  • You should only book a test if you have any of these three coronavirus symptoms: a high temperature, a new continuous cough and/or a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste. Read more about the symptoms at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
  • You do not need a test if you have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell of taste because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus
  • If you are unsure about whether to get a test please check the official list of symptoms on the NHS website which is reviewed regularly or call 111
  • Only the person with symptoms should get a test. You do not need to get a test for anyone else in the household unless they also have any of the three symptoms listed above. All members of the household need to self-isolate whilst waiting for the test result.
  • If the person with symptoms’ test comes back positive, other members of their household should continue self-isolating for 14 days and only get a test if they develop coronavirus symptoms
  • If a student in a class or bubble tests positive for coronavirus, anyone who is advised to self-isolate does not require a test unless they subsequently develop symptoms.

Schools and Colleges have detailed guidance and access to a Department for Education and Public Health England helpline for advice and support.

Contacts of a person who has tested positive must follow the guidance carefully and in full, which means they must stay at home for 14 days. This is because it can take several days following contact with an infected person before an individual develops symptoms or the virus can be detected. Students should only book a test if they get symptoms.

It is vital for students’ learning and future opportunities that they are able to return to school and college. It is therefore critical that we all work together and do our bit to make this possible.

Travelling to College

We would ask students to avoid or minimise the use of public transport and instead cycle, walk or come by car (not sharing lifts with anyone outside of your household) to college. For some students this may not be possible but with the late start to the timetable, travelling time should avoid peak times.

You will need to wear a face mask on public transport and it must be different to the one you wear when you enter the College to avoid transmission.

For PC1/PC2/PC3 users, please refer to the College Bus Services detailed at https://web02.tpc.ac.uk/college-buses/
If your transport is supported by your college bursary and you need assistance please discuss with Room 15 or email room15@portsmouth-college.ac.uk.

Arriving at College

  • Only be on campus when you have a lesson. Arrive and leave promptly
  • Please enter the building via your designated entrance to help ease congestion wearing a face mask and sanitising hands on arrival
  • ALL students and staff must wear face masks in communal spaces such as corridors. Some teachers have asked students to wear face masks in the classrooms/teaching spaces. If so, you must abide by this
  • If a student or staff member is medically exempt from wearing a face mask, you can choose to indicate this by wearing a sunflower lanyard that we provide from Room 15
  • All students will be challenged if they are not adhering to Covid safety whilst on the premises. Repeat offenders will be spoken to by a member of our Senior Leadership Team who may impose a half or full day suspension and possible longer-term temporary suspension from College
  • You must follow the green and yellow route system around the College at all times. Clear signage will be in place. In some cases you will need to leave the building and re-enter elsewhere. Do not take shortcuts.

Catering Facilities in College

We will be offering a “Grab & Go” service only in our canteen where a selection of sandwiches, pasta pots, salads, pizza, sausage rolls, drinks, confectionary and snacks will be available.
There will be no full hot meal provision at lunchtimes, as we are unable to safely manage social distancing in the area if it were operating as normal.
Students and staff will be required to respect social distancing when queueing and to follow instructions from Caterlink staff when collecting drinks made behind the counter/making payment.
Due to hygiene, we can only accept contactless or free college meal (FCM Bursary) card payments currently. Cash is not an acceptable method of payment.
Please note, our vending machines have been taken out of action for the foreseeable future.

Safety Rules Whilst At College

  • Respect others' space - maintain social distancing from other students and staff where possible
  • Students should not gather in groups of more than six, in or outside, of the College
  • Wash your hands regularly or use hand sanitiser. Avoid touching anything you don’t need to.

In the event of a positive Covid-19 case at the College

In the case of a positive test at the College from either a staff member or a student, we have a rigorous action plan in place to prevent the spread of the virus further.

STEP 1: Our Health & Safety team complete an initial report with the individual to determine when symptoms began, who they have been in contact with and when they were on the college site last

STEP 2: Identify the classes that the infected person was in for the 48 hours prior to the date of onset of symptoms

STEP 3: Cross reference classes with attendance records and seating plans to ensure all students/staff are accounted for

STEP 4: Contact all directly affected students/staff via phone call in the first instance followed by an email and letter instructing them to self-isolate for 14 days. They DO NOT need to get a test unless they develop symptoms. Students will be marked on our register as absent for isolation/covid related reasons which will not be used against them on our attendance records.

Teaching and Learning Whilst In Isolation

If a student is required to self-isolate then where possible those students will be asked to join the live lesson remotely and participate in the tasks and activities set for the rest of the class. Where this isn’t possible work will be set and the student will need to complete and submit this work.

If a teacher is required to self-isolate then lessons will be delivered remotely, and where possible live, at the usual lesson time. Tasks and activities will need to be completed and submitted and the teacher will be available for feedback and support. Depending on the nature of the lesson – the session may take place in college or students may be asked to stay at home to join the remote lesson.

Adult Education Courses

In light of the new government guidance for adult education stating that providers ‘should consider moving to increased levels of online learning where possible’, we have reviewed our programmes in order to deliver education for adult learners safely throughout the lockdown period.

All Futures (Qualification) courses will be continuing with face to face delivery from the week beginning Monday 9th November. An update will be given to all students next week regarding moving forward. 

All Fun Courses will be continuing online or temporarily paused following new government guidelines. An email has been sent to learners with further updates. 

Keep Safe!

Quick Contact

Search our site