DCG Covid Precautions

LOOKING AFTER YOUR SAFETY

As we approach the start of a new academic year, we look forward to welcoming students back to college sites and wanted to share with you the information that new and returning students will be made aware of as they commence or continue their study programmes here at Derby College Group (DCG).

Since the Government announced that all students should return in September to a full high-quality education programme, we have been working hard to enable this to happen with a wide range of measures ensure access to high quality education at our college sites whilst maintaining a safe and secure environment for all our students and staff.

Our aim is always to give our students the best possible learning experience, which we receive high praise for, not only by those that we teach, but also by Ofsted, which graded us as a good education provider at our last inspection.

Our industry links, support, estate, expert teaching staff and the overall unique experience we offer here at DCG, will still be a large part of your learning this year, to ensure that our industry focused, career ready courses and academic offer lead to a positive outcome for you.

DCG Recognising Covid19 Symptoms

Safety First

  • Hand sanitiser stations have been installed across all sites alongside social distancing floor markings and regular reminders about the key NHS guideline of ‘Catch It. Bin In, Kill It’.
  • Everyone will be asked to wear face coverings when moving around the site and in communal areas – but not in classrooms/workshops. There are exemptions for anyone with certain medical conditions.
  • There will be separate entrances and exits to permit social distances, where possible; staggered start and finish times, class times and breaks and one-way systems in place.
  • Students are also asked to bring their own equipment (e.g.: pens) to prevent contamination.
  • Isolation rooms have been made available on all sites if someone becomes unwell and we will also use the Government approved track and trace systems and the NHS symptom checker to ensure all staff and students, who should be self-isolating, are instructed to not access the campus until it is safe for them to do so.

Bubbles

Students and staff will all work in designated bubbles for each college site: Roundhouse and Stephenson Building; Hudson and Johnson Building; Joseph Wright Centre, Broomfield Hall and Ilkeston. This will reduce risk of cross contamination should someone test positive for Covid-19. In accordance with NHS guidelines, no-one should attend college if you have Covid-19 symptoms including

  • A high temperature (this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back)
  • A new, continuous cough (coughing a lot of more than an hour or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or test
  • If you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past seven days
  • You have been contacted through the Government Track and Trace or have been in close contact with/living with a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 in the previous two weeks

Start of term and course timetables

  • Course timetables have been planned with consideration for the safety of students and staff and within the Government guidelines for September delivery.
  • The new term will start as planned on 7 September 2020 for new courses with an induction programme that is a blend of face to face and online learning.
  • Each course will have its own timetable but every study programme will comprise of largely face to face delivery, including practical’s on campus and some limited blended/online learning. This will allow us to manage the number of students travelling to and being on-site each day. Whilst the balance of delivery is determinable by the national picture and guidelines at the time, we do expect this to steadily improve as the academic year progresses.

Support

DCG offers fantastic student support with student services, wellbeing, finance and learning support arrangements. These will remain accessible to you with some support services available safely on sites, whilst others will use technology to support you remotely. Details of each support service will be available from enrolment and throughout the first term, ensuring you know how we can fully support you during your time at DCG. For more information visit https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/inclusion-covid19

College transport

DCG encourage students where possible to walk or cycle to college sites. Please note we have been informed that there is no staff or student access to the Roundhouse site via the train station bridge due to EMR carrying out major works and to comply with their social distancing policy, for the entire academic year, visit https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/DerbyTrainStationAccess for more information. If you are choosing to use public transport, please ensure that you adhere to the Government rules and wear face coverings. The contracted DCG bus services will be running as planned from September and all students must follow the college transport rules, which are in line with the Government guidance. For your own safety and for the safety of others, face coverings must be worn at all times on the bus and they will be taking extra hygiene precautions by cleaning the buses more regularly and providing hand sanitiser. This will make travelling on the buses a much safer experience for all passengers.

Student social events

It is important that you still enjoy the great student life experience we offer at DCG so our Students’ Union has been planning an exciting range of activities and social events as well as Clubs and Societies for the first term whilst following the latest Government guidance. These will be a programme of online events and activities for all students to get involved in from the comfort of your own home. We really hope that we will be able to increase the number of face to face activities and social events we can offer as the year goes on.

Onsite Catering

In the short-term our catering provider will be offering a selective “Grab &Go” meal deal for breakfast and lunch and students will be required to eat in their classrooms rather than in other indoor communal areas. Access to socially distanced provision in the use of the onsite coffee shops and refectory outlets will be available with contactless and cashless transactions. There will be no access to vending machines to reduce areas of high risk and potential cross contamination.

Thank you to everyone for the continued cooperation during these continued uncertain times. Although the ‘new normal’ will have its challenges, we hope this overview provides assurance that the 2020/21 academic year will be a safe but exciting one at DCG and we look forward to welcoming students to our fantastic sites to start or continue your learning journey with us.

If you have any questions please visit the live chat or contact our Student Services team who are here to help you every step of the way.

Guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection Updated 10 September 2020

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 however mild, self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange.

If you are not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19, self-isolate for at least 10 days, starting from the day the test was taken. If you develop symptoms during this isolation period, restart your 10-day isolation from the day you developed symptoms.

After 10 days, if you still have a temperature you should continue to self-isolate and seek medical advice. You do not need to self-isolate after 10 days if you only have a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.

If you live with others, all other household members need to stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill or if they do not have symptoms, from the day their test was taken. If anyone else in the household starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for at least 10 days from when their symptoms appear, regardless of what day they are on in their original 14-day isolation period.

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