DCG Covid Safety


We work hard to enable all our students to receive a full high-quality education programme and 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.

COVID Safe Risk Assessment for the reopening of DCG-Sites (pdf)

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.

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 ‘Hands. Face. Space’
  • There are 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.
  • Social distancing, minimising contacts and increasing hand and surface washing remain the best ways of managing risk in the workplace.  

The government have recently announced it will no longer be required for students to wear face coverings within schools and FE colleges.


We have amended the local area risk assessments to be reviewed to reflect the following changes applicable as from the 17th May 2021:

  • Face coverings are not required to be worn by students in classrooms or communal areas.
  • Face coverings are not required to be worn by employees in classrooms.
  • Face coverings are required to be worn by employees and visitors in situations outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible (for example, when moving around in corridors and communal areas)
  • Face coverings are to be worn by students and employees involved with close contact services or where teaching settings are more reflective of a workplace environment such as, hairdressers, barbers, beauticians or a training kitchen.


NB: DCG supports anyone using face coverings safely if they choose to wear one. If someone chooses to wear one, it is important they use face coverings properly and wash their hands before putting them on and before and after taking them off.

Communal Seating Areas

We are currently looking at ways to maximise communal seating areas but, until we are able to do this, classrooms still need to be used during break and lunch times. To help avoid students congregating inside at these times can teachers please ensure that students are aware of this and are given instruction whether to remain in their classroom or move classroom ensuring that if they are required to move that the classroom is unlocked ready for them.


Please can everyone note that groups of students should not be sent to the library; and seating arrangements/set ups in the libraries should not be altered so that we can adhere to our COVID-19 controls.  


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

Course timetables

Course timetables have been planned with consideration for the safety of students and staff and within the Government guidelines for September delivery. During lockdown vulnerable students have been offered access to the sites to access supervised online learning in a Covid secure environment.


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 is running as planned 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.

DCG Recognising Covid19 Symptoms

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.

NHS Test and Trace: COVID-19 testing for Employees and students

Just to remind students you can collect your free Lateral Flow tests for COVID-19 from Student Services at the Roundhouse and reception at all other sites.  This will enable you to test twice a week and prevent anyone coming onsite if positive.  Please do not come to site if you are feeling unwell.

We take our duty of care extremely seriously and your teacher will keep you updated as to any further developments as the need arises.

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


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