DCG Covid Safety
Dear Students, Employees, Parents, Carers and Employers
Yesterday afternoon the government published information for schools and colleges on how the Living with Covid plan will work from the 1st of April.
The highlights of the guidance are that:
- Free testing for the general public (including students and employees) ends on 1st April.
- There are significant changes in the guidance about students and employees staying at home: “Students and Employees who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend”
- Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days.
Derby College Group control measures
The government has also withdrawn most of the specific Covid-19 guidance for educational settings. Our challenge is now to resume College to as normal as possible whilst at the same time not losing sight of the measures that we can take to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus.
At Derby College this will mean, we ask everyone to continue to:
- Regularly wash or sanitise hands.
- Be aware of social distancing in crowded spaces.
- Wear a face covering if you want to, but this is not mandatory.
- Get vaccinated or boosted if you are eligible.
- Ventilate classrooms and offices where possible.
- If you are unwell and have a high temperature – you try to stay at home and avoid contact with others, for a minimum 5 days for adults, and 3 days for anyone aged 18 and under.
- Report sickness absence using the usual student or employee procedure. Nb: It is no longer a requirement that you complete the DCG Covid Positive report form.
– If informed that a student has tested positive and is staying at home for 3 days, then we will set work through the usual route.
– If a student is absent because they are unwell but have not tested positive, then there is no expectation that teachers will set work via the remote curriculum. The student needs to return to school as soon as they are well enough to.
We will continue to monitor the local and national picture and if necessary, we will take swift action to prioritise the health and safety of our students and employees.
Thank you for your continued support throughout another challenging time and we hope you are able to enjoy some time with family and friends during the Easter break.