Living with Covid-19 – the way forward
Dear Student, parent, carer
In line with the latest Government advice, the College has put in place the following guidelines to ensure we continue to address the risks of the Covid -19 pandemic:
These changes include:
- Immediate removal of twice weekly testing in schools and colleges
- from 24th February, the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test will be removed
- Contact tracing will end and you will no longer be required to self-isolate if unvaccinated or advised to take daily tests.
- However guidance has been issued asking people to continue to isolate - see College guidance below.
- Anyone with Covid-19/Flu type symptoms should take a lateral flow test - these can be ordered on the government website
- Adults and Children who test positive are advised to continue to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
- After 5 days, they may choose to take a Lateral Flow Device test (LFD) followed by another the 6th day - if both are negative, and they do not have a temperature, they can safely return to College and their normal routine.
- Those who test positive should avoid contact with anyone in an at risk group, including if they live in the same household.
The pandemic has not ended, and the government advises that everyone continues to adopt Safer Behaviours to reduce infection rates. These behaviours include:
- Getting vaccinated/ boosted
- Letting fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meeting outside
- Wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet, when rates of transmission are high
- Trying to stay at home if you are unwell
- Taking a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms, and staying at home and avoiding contact with other people if you test positive
- Washing your hands and following advice to ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’.
COVID-19 Testing Consent Form
This consent form is for participation in tests designed to detect asymptomatic coronavirus cases. Anyone experiencing symptoms should follow government guidelines to self-isolate, even if they have had a recent negative lateral flow test.Consent relates to the following groups of students/pupils and staff as follows:
- For pupils and students younger than 16 years - this form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian. Please complete one consent form for each child you wish to participate in testing.
- Pupils and students over 16 who are able to provide informed consent - can complete this form themselves, having discussed participation with their parent / guardian if under 18.
- For any pupil or student who does not have the capacity to provide informed consent - this form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian. Please complete one consent form for each child you wish to participate in testing.
- Staff will complete this form themselves.
Terms of consent
- I have had the opportunity to consider the information provided by the school/college about the testing, ask questions and have had these answered satisfactorily, based on the information presented and the attached Privacy Notice.
- In the case of under 16s, I have discussed the testing with my child and my child is happy to participate. If on the day of testing they do not wish to take part, then they will not be made to do so and consent can be withdrawn at any time ahead of the test.
- I consent to having / my child having a nose and throat swab for lateral flow tests. I / my child will self-swab if I / my child is able to otherwise I understand that assistance is available. In the case of under 16s or pupils who are not able to provide informed consent, I have discussed the testing with my child and they are happy to participate and self-swab (with assistance if required).
- I understand that there may be multiple tests required and this consent covers all tests for the below named person. If, on the day of testing I / they do not wish to take part, then I understand I / they will not be made to do so and that consent can be withdrawn at any time ahead of the test.
- I consent that my / my child’s sample(s) will be tested for the presence of COVID-19.
- I understand that if my /my child’s result(s) are negative on the lateral flow test I will not be contacted by the school/college except where I am / they are a close contact of a confirmed positive.
- If the lateral flow test indicates the presence of COVID-19, I consent to having / my child having a nose and throat swab for confirmatory PCR testing. I/they will follow the instructions on the PCR Kit to return the test the same day to an NHS Test & Trace laboratory.
- If the lateral flow test indicates the presence of COVID-19, I commit to ensuring that I / my child is removed from school premises as promptly as possible, bearing in mind I / they may have some anxiety following a positive test result.
- I consent that I / they will need to self-isolate following a positive lateral flow test result, until the results of the confirmatory PCR have been received.
- I agree that if my / my child’s test results are confirmed to be positive from this PCR test, I will report this to the school / college and I understand that I/ my child will be required to self-isolate following public health advice.
- I consent that if a close contact of my child tests positive but I / my child has tested negative, I / they will continue to attend school / college but will be tested every day at school / college for 7 days.
A Guide to Learning at Home
As students at Harlow College you are in a lucky position in that so much of the delivery takes place using digital tools. This means you can continue to learn with your teacher whilst at home.
You now need to think about how you will learn over the next few weeks. You need to do the following things:Your teacher will send you work home via Showbie, QUBE, OneFile or email
- Ensure you have a suitable space at home and get yourself organised for learning so that you can continue to be successful in your college course.
- Ensure you start your day by 09.30am
- Your teacher will be available to support you during your usual lesson times and will be contactable via the methods above. You can also respond to your teacher and send your teacher completed work using those same tools.
- Set yourself a home routine and stick to this – you must continue to complete your college work at home and meet deadlines set by your tutor.
- Ensure you have achieved the 4 steps to success for the day including your own improves.
- Work for set times without distractions such as the TV or your phone and reward yourself with regular breaks.
- Ensure that you have handed in work by set deadlines as directed by your tutors.
- You will also have access to work on things like Padlet walls and OneDrive or actual web links to help you with your learning.
- If you are studying maths or English, please use the links below to access a full range of support.
Functional Skills English
Further to our first communication regarding the College moving to online learning from Monday 23 March 2020, here are the arrangements during this period:
For apprentices, work has been set through digital systems and communicated to the apprentice directly. The apprentices have been advised to contact you directly for instruction regarding expectations and attendance at work. The work that has been set will cover the normal 20% off the job expectation.
If you are hosting a student on a placement they have been advised not to attend during this period. We apologise for any disruption this may cause.
Harlow Council Coronavirus Advice
Harlow Community Hub helpline
Harlow Community Hub is a group of volunteers offering phone support, reassurance and advice to the most vulnerable in Harlow - primarily those without internet access or support networks.
You can read the Community Hub privacy notice to find out how they will handle your personal information.
Coronavirus Leaflet – Broxbourne Council
refuge.org.uk For Women and Children Against Domestic Violence