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COVID-19

Information for all College users

COVID-19 Testing September 2021

Before starting regular testing at home, all student are being asked to complete lateral flow test on the first day they start at College, followed by another test 3-5 days later.

Why?

  • Throughout Calderdale, COVID-19 rates are increasing so it is very important that we act to prevent a further rise in cases and the development of new variants of the disease.
  • We know from earlier stages of the pandemic that when restrictions are relaxed, cases in Calderdale increase.
  • Case rates are increasing in all age groups and we must work to protect those who are more vulnerable by testing ourselves.
  • Supporting this additional testing will help Calderdale return to a more normal way of life more quickly by reducing disease transmission.

What?

  • Each student will be offered the opportunity to access COVID-19 lateral flow test kits via Calderdale College.
  • Two tests will be carried out in College before home testing kits are issued to allow for continued twice per week testing.
  • All participants must provide CONSENT for testing via the online form linked below.
  • All participants read the PRIVACY NOTICE before consenting to testing.

COVID-19 Testing FAQ

Yes. The testing programme is suitable for everyone.

Yes, but please wait 90 days from your positive COVID-19 test before starting to use the lateral flow testing kits.
Twice per week with 3-5 days in between tests.
Test kits are readily available for free through your local pharmacy, please ask family members to collect their own kits from a local outlet.
You should complete your first test of the week no more than 24 hours before you are due to be in College. Your second weekly test should be carried out 3-5 days later.
Your results will be available immediately on the lateral flow test cartridge.

You are required by law to self-isolate if you test positive and you must book a PCR test at your local centre to confirm your results.

You are entitled to financial support if self-isolation means that you are unable to earn money. Follow the link below for more information.

www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/coronavirus/help

Please report a positive test to your tutor straight away.

Covid reporting

Students and Staff – notify the college if you:

  • Test positive for COVID
  • Display COVID symptoms
  • Are instructed to self-isolate because you have been in contact with someone who tested positive

To notify the college, please email covidreporting@calderdale.ac.uk. Your tutor or manager will be informed.

IMPORTANT – DO NOT attend the college, you must remain at home and self-isolate.  Follow the NHS advice

The College is no longer required to undertake contact tracing. This will be done via NHS Test and Trace in the event of a positive case.

You are not required to self-isolate if you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, if any of the following apply:

  • you’re fully vaccinated
  • you’re below the age of 18 years 6 months
  • you’ve taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you’re not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

You must isolate for ten days if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or if you have been identified as a close contact and the above bullet points do not apply to you.
Anyone who needs to self-isolate will be supported by their tutor to remain up to date with their course work.

Face Coverings
The wearing of face coverings in the College is no longer required but it is advised in all communal spaces. Students can continue to wear face coverings in classrooms if they choose to do so.

Lateral Flow Testing
Tutors will provide all students with NHS kits to undertake at home testing twice per week. Please follow the instructions in these kits to report your results and inform your tutor if you test positive. You MUST self-isolate and book a PCR test to confirm your result if you test positive using a lateral flow test.

Further Information

We understand that these circumstances may be challenging for some students. Further support is available at the links below.

If you are in crisis over this period and need urgent support please contact the following crisis helplines; remember you don’t have to be alone with these feelings:

  • Samaritans (any age) 116123
  • Childline (up to age 19) 0800 1111
  • CAM crisis messenger text CAM to 85258
  • NHS Direct 111

Please contact 999 is there is an immediate risk to life.

If you need to speak to a counsellor:

  • www.Kooth.com Messaging and online counselling service for 11-25 year olds.

If you are in need of food in Calderdale area please contact:

Ebenezer Methodist Church, St James Road, HX1 1YS Halifax, 01422 647390. This service is open Saturdays 10-11.45

In Bradford area please contact:

Bradford Central Foodbank, The Light Centre, 86 Captain Street, Bradford, BD1 4EL,  01274 734314. This service is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 11.00 – 1.30pm.

In Kirklees, contact:

The Welcome Centre,  15 Lord St, Huddersfield HD1 1QB, 01484 515086

Calderdale College is committed to providing an outstanding service to our employers and apprentices throughout COVID-19. Our Employer Engagement team are here to support you and offer advice and guidance throughout the pandemic and thereafter.

Skills and Workforce Development

Our training delivery is now available online.  For the latest information please contact employers@calderdale.ac.uk

If you are an employer in the Tees Valley, or York, North Yorkshire and East Riding regions, a full list of the courses available online through the Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) programme can be found on the SSW website.

If you are an employer in Sheffield City Region, please see the Skills Bank Employer Portal for information and updates.

Apprenticeships

If you have an apprenticeship vacancy, are thinking of employing an apprentice, or have a currently employed member of staff who would like to undertake an apprenticeship, we are here to help. For more information, please contact apprenticeships@calderdale.ac.uk

Our Employer Engagement team and Training Officers will continue to work with you and your apprentice to ensure the new ways of working are both accessible and easy. This includes:

  • If your business is still open and operating, learning and reviews will continue using a digital approach.
  • If your apprentice is nearing the end of their programme, you may be involved in your apprentices’ end-point assessment (EPA). Where possible this should continue as planned. Where this is not possible, we are working with end-point assessment organisations to reschedule.

If you have any questions or require any advice, please contact our Employer Engagement Team on (01422) 418430 or email apprenticeships@calderdale.ac.uk

Break in Learning

A break in learning should only be used as a last resort. They can be applied when there is a change in personal circumstance that means apprentices will be having an extended period of absence from both their work and the apprenticeship.

Due to the impact from COVID-19, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) relaxed the rules allowing any apprentice in one of the following situations to be eligible to take a break in learning:

  • Furloughed by their workplace
  • Ready to enter gateway to commence their end point assessment
  • Redeployed into a role that is unrelated to their apprenticeship

When an apprentice takes a break in learning their apprenticeship programme will pause. This means that the time that the apprentice has to complete the apprenticeship will be extended. As an employer you will be expected to keep your apprentice in employment until their programme is completed. If the apprentice is employed on a fixed term contract the expectation is that this is extended.

If you are looking to re-start your apprentice in learning, please contact our Employer Engagement Team or your designated Training Officer who will be able to support your apprentice back into learning.

Levy Payments

If you fund the cost of your apprenticeships through the apprenticeship levy, then you do not need to make any changes to your Digital Account Service (DAS).

If your apprentice enters into a break in learning, then you will be required to pause the payments within the digital account. Please speak to our Employer Engagement Team who will advise you on how to do this.

Industry Placements

During these unprecedented times you may have concerns regarding taking on a student for an Industry Placement, however there are many potential benefits. Placement students can help support the recovery and regrowth of your business. An extra member of staff who is voluntarily giving you their time so that they can learn skills would be committed to helping your business get up and running again.

Industry Placement Officers are available to offer support with any queries you may have regarding Covid 19 safety.

For more information, please contact industryplacements@calderdale.ac.uk

Get In Touch

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Employer Engagement team, who are here to support you and offer advice and guidance during the pandemic and thereafter.

Apprentices should continue to attend work as normal. Any changes to working patterns will be under the direction of the individual employer. Apprentices will receive contact from their training officer for off-the-job training and reviews via remote learning methods. For detail on remote learning please click here for further information.

Apprentices will be contacted directly to discuss the specific arrangements for attending college in more detail. Discussions will focus on providing guidance as to the new ways of working, including public health protocols.

Learner Services staff teams will still be contactable if you need support, advice and guidance either via email or by calling 01422 399367.

During this period, the College Safeguarding Team will continue to provide support and care to apprentices. Please call the safeguarding number on 07776 252381 if you have concerns about the welfare of any College apprentice, including your own welfare.

Calderdale College has entered a period of remote learning until at least March 8th 2021.

Your learning will continue and therefore payments to the College will continue as per your agreement at the start of the academic year. However, if your personal circumstances change, please contact the Finance Team via SalesInvoices@calderdale.ac.uk

Please check the staff FAQs for information. If you have questions about HR policy, please contact the HR team.

Support from the Learning Centre team

The Learning Centre team will be available by contacting LearningCentre@Calderdale.ac.uk to support staff and students with:

  • Accessing e-resources advising on most relevant
  • Helping with database searching
  • Navigating e-books
  • Using Keyword searching
  • Accessing and using journals
  • Any queries, concerns regarding books borrowed or wishing to renew and cannot
  • Having trouble accessing Heritage

 

All commercial activities and bookings which currently take place in the Inspire Centre, including the Gym facility are currently suspended. Any fees that have been paid will be honoured once the facilities re-open. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, take care and regular updates will be circulated to all our customers in due course.

Payment of Suppliers. Calderdale College has put together contingency plans whereby they will continue to pay suppliers according to the Colleges normal terms in the event of a forced shut down. To ensure the College can fulfill its obligations all invoices MUST be sent to invoicespayable@calderdale.ac.uk always quoting a valid purchase order number.

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