coronavirus faqs
COLLEGE PLANNING AND RESPONSE

Is the College open?

Following advice from the Government, we can confirm that all three of our campuses are now closed.

All work experience is being postponed until further notice, therefore please do not attend your placement for the time being.

Students on industrial placements should not attend unless your placement is your own part time job or you wish to support with essential work and your employer is happy for you to do so. (i.e. Health & Social Care placements).

Throughout this period of enforced closure, we will be doing all we can to ensure our students have access to all the resources they need to continue with their study programme. Students are expected to work at home following their normal timetable through Moodle/Google Classroom or other web-based solutions. Teachers will remain in regular contact with students.

We will be monitoring the latest advice from Government and Public Health England and if the situation changes, we will alert all staff, students and parents at the earliest opportunity.

What actions are the College taking to minimise the risk of infection?

We have introduced a raft of measures to limit the risk of infection in and around our three campuses, including a range of social spacing initiatives to minimise crowds in communal areas. We have enhanced our cleaning programme and introduced daily briefings to all students to remind them of the importance of regular handwashing and good hygiene.

Has anyone at Northampton College tested positive for COVID-19?

No. If anyone displays symptoms or has returned from overseas travel they are being urged to follow the latest Government advice around self-isolating, which can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection 

ABOUT THE VIRUS

What is COVID-19?

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China. It has subsequently spread around the world, becoming a global pandemic.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of Coronavirus include:

  • feeling tired
  • difficulty breathing
  • high temperature
  • a continuous cough.

For more information about symptoms please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

What is the current risk to the UK from coronavirus?

We are closely following Government advice as to the risk of coronavirus, which has been raised to HIGH in the UK. This allows the Government to plan for all eventualities. The latest guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Where can I find the latest information about coronavirus?

The Government’s guidance is updated daily here https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

I need to self-isolate as I have coronavirus symptoms. What should I do?

The Government has now announced that everyone must stay at home, apart from essential travel, even without any symptoms of Coronavirus.

However, if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, stay at home for 14 days from when your symptoms started. If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must 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 house became ill. The latest guidance can be seen here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

TRAVEL

What should I do if I have travelled from the affected areas?

If you have recently returned to the UK and develop symptoms of a new continuous cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next. Please follow this advice even if your symptoms are minor.

I am currently in one of the affected areas. What should I do?

If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, the Government have now issued an Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice, strongly advising you to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available.

Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice is constantly under review, to reflect the latest assessment of risks to British people. The latest information can be found here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Should I travel?

In response to coronavirus measures the Government is advising against all and all but essential travel to some countries, cities and regions until at least 15 April 2020. You must check the travel advice to the country you are travelling to, which can be accessed here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

What should I do if I am due to go on a planned trip with the College?

We have decided to cancel all organised trips. Our duty of care to students, staff and guests is paramount and this precaution has been taken in the interest of protecting public health and preventing the spread of Coronavirus. We will let you know if the trip is rescheduled and will be in touch if you are due a refund.

PRECAUTIONS

What precautionary measures can I take to protect myself?

The Government is now advising that everyone in the UK should remain at home where possible. Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home). Once outside, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from others, and wash your hands as soon as you get home.

Good hygiene and regular handwashing can help guard against infection. There are social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction and limit the spread of infection. Further details can be seen here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people

An NHS video on handwashing can be seen here https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/

What should I do if I develop Coronavirus symptoms?

If you have developed coronavirus symptoms (a new continuous cough or a high temperature) you should self-isolate at home for 14 days. If you become concerned about your symptoms please call 111, or in an emergency call 999.

What should I do if I believe I am particularly vulnerable?

We understand you may be concerned if you feel you are more vulnerable to the coronavirus than others (for example if you have a specific health condition, or have vulnerable family members). Public Health England defines 'underlying conditions' as people with weakened immune systems and those with long-term conditions such as diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. The college will support you as much as possible, based on any specific advice you have received from medical professionals, as well as general public health guidance.

You should continue to follow PHE advice about the precautionary measures you can take to avoid catching the virus such as hand-washing and ensure you are up to date with any prescriptions for medicines you usually take.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

How do I continue my studies with the college closed?

Students are expected to work at home following their normal timetable through Moodle/Google Classroom or other web-based solutions. Teachers will remain in regular contact with students.

We urge students to understand that continuing to study at home during our closure places them in the best possible position to continue with their education when they return to college.

For more information on online resources that may be able to help you during this time, please click here.

Will exams/assessments still go ahead?

Formal exams due to take place this summer, including GCSEs, will cease. It is likely that students’ course work and assessment will count towards their final grade. With regard to offers of university places, Universities UK - the vice-chancellors' organisation - suggested universities may honour the offers already made on the basis of predicted grades.

Any planned exams and assessments due to take place up to and including Saturday, March 21 will go ahead as normal.

How will I study from home if the college is closed?

Students studying at home should be prepared to follow their normal timetable through Moodle/Google Classroom or other web-based solutions. There is a limited number of laptops and tablets available and these will be loaned to students on a priority basis.

Is the library open?

The library is currently closed. We will continue to support all students working from home.

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Electronic resources will also be available on Moodle or via Library website: https://library.northamptoncollege.ac.uk

Students may borrow extra resources, if required.

Will my Apprenticeship be affected by coronavirus?

Throughout this period of enforced closure, we will be doing all we can to ensure apprentices have access to all the resources they need.

College tutors will deliver remote classes through Moodle/Google Classroom or other web-based solutions during their usual college attendance days.

All external visits, including workplace assessors, have been cancelled. Assessors will communicate remotely to conduct reviews and continue assessing apprentices. Please refer to your employer/assessor for further guidance.

Formal exams, including functional skills, will cease. The College is in contact with the Department for Education and awarding bodies and will advise you if things change.

Should I continue to attend my work placement?

All work experience is being postponed until further notice, therefore please do not attend your placement for the time being.

Students on industrial placements should not attend unless your placement is your own part time job or you wish to support with essential work and your employer is happy for you to do so. (i.e. Health & Social Care placements).

What happens to students eligible for Free School Meals?

The College will post out three cheques between now and the end of the summer term to assist families that are entitled to free school meals with purchasing food. The amount has been increased in light of the current situation.

ADVICE FOR APPLICANTS

I am concerned that my GCSE education or exams may be affected by the coronavirus. What can you tell me?

We are keen to receive applications for students wishing to join us in September 2020 but we have now taken the decision to cancel all of our course interviews, including telephone interviews, until further notice. For students who have already applied or who will apply in the future, we will issue them with an offer of a place, if they were due to sit examinations during 2020. The Level of course that they will study will be confirmed when they enrol.

We are waiting for more information from the Government regarding how grades will be awarded (which could include a combination of predicted grades, coursework and internal assessment marks) and will update you as soon as we can.

I’ve applied for an HND but haven’t received an offer of a place. What can you tell me?

As you will be aware, there has been massive disruption to students taking A Levels and completing BTEC qualifications this summer as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the exams regulator Ofqual is rapidly developing a fair way to issue grades which should provide reassurance to students, particularly those planning to progress to higher education. For this reason, all universities and higher education providers have been told to stop making offers of places on higher education programmes for two weeks in order to enable Ofqual to complete this work and ensure that all applicants can be treated fairly and equably and make their decisions based on the best information.

If you have recently applied for an HNC or HND at Northampton College and you have not received your offer yet, please do not worry. We will be writing to you to make you an offer on your chosen course as soon as we are able to do so.

Will there be another Open Event?

The next College Open Event is due to take place on Tuesday, 23rd June. Further updates will be posted on our website and on social media in due course.

 

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