I am writing to confirm that Selby College remains open and will continue to operate in line with Public Health England and Department for Education Guidelines.
Since January, Selby College has had a specific coronavirus contingency action plan in place, alongside our normal critical incident plan, which has been updated as we receive information and guidance from Public Health England and the Department for Education. The College is also putting plans in place to ensure that we are as prepared as possible for a range of potential scenarios.
Below are some Frequently Asked Questions that we hope will help reassure you:
How is the College keeping students safe?
Monitoring Information – from a wide range of sources including UK Government / Public Health England / Department for Education / NHS / Foreign & Commonwealth Office to ensure that the latest advice and guidance is being followed. This letter has been printed on 13th March 2020 and incorporates the latest Government guidance as issued at 5pm on Thursday 12th March 2020.
Sharing Information & Raising Awareness – relevant information is being shared with staff and students through posters, social media and Moodle. The need for good personal hygiene habits is being reinforced.
Introducing more Hygiene Stations to Prevent the Spread of Infections – additional hand sanitiser stations are being installed around site. Catering outlets, first aid rooms, toilets and reception areas will be covered.
What do I do if I feel ill?
If you believe that you may have any symptoms of covid-19, however mild you should stay home and use the digital NHS 111 platform for guidance.
What do I do if I am told to, or need to self-isolate?
Please contact the Management Suite at the College on 01757 211080 so that we are aware. Each teaching department is putting plans in place to support their students’ learning if any have to be absent from the College.
What do I do if I have an underlying medical condition?
Contact your GP or NHS 111 for specific guidance and keep us informed by using the e-mail address email@example.com. If you have additional learning needs or disability and you have any queries about your ability or need to study at home, please use the same e-mail address.
What will happen if the College has to close?
The current guidance is that schools and colleges should not close unless specifically told to do so by Public Health England. Should we be told to close, we will communicate directly with you via twitter, Facebook and our website about what is happening and what needs to do. We are developing a range of strategies for supporting our students’ learning should the College be forced to close for any period of time. We also have plans in place should a deep clean be necessary.
All students are being reminded on how to access their Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) and students would be expected to log into the system and undertake the work that will be set for them, including tasks and assignments. The VLE also allows work to be uploaded, marked and feedback remotely.
How are you keeping Students informed?
Guidance for students and staff has and will continue to be circulated via a range of our platforms, including e-mail, VLE and posters.
All College students have a college e-mail address. If there are any updates related to their course, work placement or College closure this will be communicated via e-mail and also via twitter, Facebook and our website (details on these listed under Things to Consider)
What will happen if exams or practical coursework units are disrupted?
We will be working with our awarding bodies and partner universities on contingency plans should this happen. They will take into account any unavoidable disruption.
Things to consider.
It appears that people under the age of 20 are not as significantly affected by the virus as older people.
If you have any concerns about your work, please talk to your tutors.
Follow handwashing and personal hygiene precautions.
Make sure we have the most up to date contact details for you and that you are accessing your College e-mail account. This is your Q number from your lanyard followed by @selby.ac.uk and your password. You can access your emails from https://mail.selby.ac.uk Follow the College on Facebook (Selby College) and Twitter @SelbyCollege and also check our website regularly www.selby.ac.uk
Stay up-to-date with the official Public Health England guidance
Contact the Management Suite directly on 01757 211080 if you have any concerns.
Management Office: 01757 211080
Student Services: 01757 211040
General absence line: 01757 211000
Higher Education Office: 01757 211114
More information about the coronavirus can be found on the Public Health England (PHE) website at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england, which is being updated continuously. Information for those returning from travel or visitors arriving in the UK from certain overseas locations, with or without symptoms, can also be found on the PHE website.
I understand that this is an uncertain time but please be assured that we will be doing everything possible to keep you well informed.