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COVID-19

Information for all College users

COVID-19 related absence from college: a guide for parents and carers

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with COVID-19 have at least 1 of these symptoms. If your child has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19

  • Keep your child at home.
  • Arrange a test online (search NHS COVID-19 testing) or by calling 119 as soon as possible.

Anyone your child lives with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home. When you get your test result you will be advised what to do next.

What to do if... Action needed Return to college when...
…my child has one or more of the main COVID-19 symptoms
  • Do not come to college
  • Contact college to inform us Self-isolate the whole household including siblings
  • Arrange a test for anyone in the household with symptoms
  • Inform college about test result

… the test comes back negative.

If you are unable to get a test for your child within 5 days of them developing symptoms, you must follow the advice below.

...my child has a runny nose, sore throat, headache, sickness or diarrhoea but doesn’t have any of the main COVID-19 symptoms
  • Contact college to inform us if your child won’t be attending
  • Ring on each day of illness 
... they feel well enough to do so, and after 48 hours following the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea
...my child tests positive for COVID-19
  • Do not come to college
  • Contact college to inform us
  • Self-isolate the whole household including siblings

For anyone with symptoms: this is for at least 10 days from when they started with symptoms.

For anyone who doesn’t develop symptoms: this is for at least 14 days from when the first person started with symptoms.

...10 days have passed since symptoms began, and the child feels well and does not have a temperature. The child can return even if they still have a cough or loss/change to their sense of taste or smell as these symptoms can last for several weeks

Remember, others in your household may still be self- isolating

... I am unable to get a test for my child within 5 days of them developing symptoms of COVID- 19
  • Do not come to college
  • Contact college to inform us
  • Self-isolate the whole household including siblings

For anyone with symptoms: this is for at least 10 days from when they started with symptoms

For anyone who doesn’t develop symptoms: this is for at least 14 days from when the first person started with symptoms

...10 days have passed since the symptoms began, and the child feels well and does not have a temperature. The child can return even if they still have a cough or loss/change to their sense of taste or smell as these symptoms can last for several weeks

Remember, others in your household may still be self- isolating

If the child is a contact of a confirmed case, develops symptoms, and cannot get a test, they must continue to self-isolate for the full 14 days

...my child tests negative for COVID-19
  • Contact college to inform us
  • Discuss with us when your child can come back 

...they feel well enough to do so, unless:

  • Anyone else in the household has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Anyone else in the household has symptoms and hasn’t received a negative test result
  • They are a contact of a confirmed case
  • They have returned from abroad and are required to quarantine (as per current Government advice) 
...someone in my household (other than my child) has COVID-19 symptoms
  • Do not come to college
  • Contact college to inform us
  • Self-isolate the whole household
  • Arrange a test for anyone in the household with symptoms
  • Inform college about test result
...the test comes back negative or 14 days have passed since the person started with symptoms
...someone in my household (other than my child) tests positive for COVID-19
  • Do not come to college
  • Contact college to inform us
  • Self-isolate the whole household

For anyone with symptoms: this is for at least 10 days from when they started with symptoms

For anyone who doesn’t develop symptoms: this is at least 14 days from when the first person started with symptoms

... 14 days have passed since the person developed symptoms (or since the date of their test if they did not have symptoms).

If your child develops symptoms during this time, you should arrange a test. If they test positive or are not tested, they must stay at home for 10 days from when they started with symptoms

... I am unable to get a test for someone in my household (other than my child) within 5 days of them developing symptoms COVID-19 symptoms
  • Do not come to college
  • Contact college to inform us
  • Self-isolate the whole household including siblings

For anyone with symptoms: this is for at least 10 days from when they started with symptoms

For anyone who doesn’t develop symptoms: this is at least 14 days from when the first person started with symptoms

... 14 days have passed since the person developed symptoms

If your child develops symptoms during this time, you should arrange a test. If they test positive or are not tested, they must stay at home for 10 days from when they started with symptoms

...Someone in my household had a test for COVID-19 but the result was inconclusive
  • Continue to self-isolate the whole household
  • Arrange a retest if possible, within 5 days from the person starting with symptoms.
  • If you are unable to arrange a retest, follow advise above for “I am unable to get a test” 

... 14 days have passed since the person developed symptoms, if unable to get a retest.

...if able to get a retest, see advise boxes on what to do it someone tests positive or negative for COVID-19.

... my child has been identified as a contact of a confirmed COVID- 19 case
  • Do not come to college
  • Contact college to inform us
  • If the contact was within college, you will receive a notification from us
  • Do not arrange a test unless your child develops symptoms
  • Siblings can continue to attend 

... 14 days have passed since the person developed symptoms (or since the date of their test if they did not have symptoms).

If your child develops symptoms during this time, you should arrange a test. If they test positive or are not tested they must stay at home for 10 days from when they started with symptoms

... someone else in my household has been identified as a contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • The household member must self-isolate for 14 days
  • The person should not arrange a test unless they develop symptoms
  • Child can continue to attend college 
... child can continue to attend
... I’ve heard that someone at college has tested positive for COVID-19
If your child is identified as a contact, you will be notified and advised what happens next
... child can continue to attend
... My child has travelled abroad
  • If your child is required to quarantine (as per current Government advice), contact college to inform us
  • If your child is not required to quarantine, they can return to college
  • You should not arrange a test for COVID- 19 unless your child develops symptoms 

... your child has completed quarantine, if required

... I have received medical advice that my child must resume shielding
  • Do not come to college
  • Contact college to inform us
...you are informed that restrictions are lifted, and shielding is paused again

How to report a Coronavirus case:

STUDENTS – Daytime reporting COVID positive / symptomatic / self-isolating (daytime) 

Mon to Thurs – 8.30am to 4.30pm
Friday – 8.30am to 4pm

covidreporting@calderdale.ac.uk
Or
Curriculum Support office – ext 9330 / 01422 357357 option 3
Or
Learner Services – ext 9367

 Reporting COVID positive / symptomatic STAFF (daytime) 

Mon to Fri – 8am to 5pm

covidreporting@calderdale.ac.uk
Or
HR – 01422 399393 / ext 9311

OUT OF HOURS reporting – COVID positive / symptomatic STAFF and STUDENTS

Mon to Fri – 6am to 8:30am
Mon to Fri – 5pm to 9pm
Sat & Sun – 8am to 9pm

Out of hours COVID Response – 01422 399334

We’re really looking forward to welcoming our students in September!

All students will receive a full programme of learning from w/c 7th September (start dates will differ according to the course you are enrolled on). Study Programmes will consist of face to face delivery at College, with some virtual learning where students will access their class via a digital platform and an expectation that some work will be completed independently either at home or on College premises.

The exact mix of these different types of learning will depend on the course you are studying and will be explained fully to you when you start your course in September during your induction. This new approach to the timetable is planned for a short period initially to allow a safe return to college and it will be reviewed in line with changes to national guidance, with the aim of returning to a more normal timetable as soon as it is safe to do so.

Your safety on the College campus is of paramount importance to us and we have been working very hard to put things into place to ensure this. This means that College life may not be the same as it was last year or compared to your experience at school. We have created a video which will help you become familiar with the changes before coming in to the College in September.

For more information about starting with us in September and how to keep safe click here.

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

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.

We can now confirm that before the end of the summer term, the College will move to limited face to face delivery for some apprentices. This will commence from the 15th June and will be for a small number of apprentices where delivery/assessment cannot be replicated online, and will include training and/or assessment which is necessary for the completion of their qualifications. 

We will contact the apprentices in scope 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 of remote working, 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.

You are still entitled to learning and training throughout this period. You will be provided with remote learning materials by your tutor so that you can continue to develop your knowledge and skills. Where there is a practical element to your programme, you will receive all of the training that you are entitled to when the College reopens to students.

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

Our current arrangement for students to continue their learning is to provide support via a remote learning approach as previously announced. This will continue, allowing for the usual holiday periods and weekends, until we know when the College is able to reopen safely for face to face teaching.

 

If you are a parent/carer who is a key worker, or a student whose parents/carers are key workers, we hope that these arrangements to support your study at home are suitable. We are trying to ensure that everyone who can study or work at home is able to.  If however, you require alternative arrangements to allow your parents/carers to go to work, then please contact juliag@calderdale.ac.uk as soon as possible, so that we can establish the demand for an alternative service.

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

If required, Skype sessions will be available. Please keep a lookout for Learning Centre tweets over the coming weeks on handy tips and e-resource suggestions.

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.

As per government guidance, Calderdale College made the decision to cease all face-to-face learning. Our teams are continuing to work remotely ensuring business continuity for core and key business functions, including apprenticeships.

Skills and Workforce Development

All face to face training courses and assessment are currently suspended however, we are working hard to develop our courses so that they can be offered remotely or on line for the latest information on this please contact employers@calderdale.ac.uk

We are pleased to be able to support employers and their staff who are working remotely including those that are furloughed with our new fully funded ‘Working Remotely’ short course for further information or to book a place please go to www.calderdale.ac.uk/reboot/

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, then we will continue to support you with our remote recruitment and digital enrolment process. For more information, please contact apprenticeships@calderdale.ac.uk

Whilst face-to-face learning is paused, our Training Officers and Tutors are delivering sessions through remote learning activity. 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, all employer visits have ceased with learning and reviews taking place 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

Further information is also available on the government website.

Furloughing Employees – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Apprentices are classed as employees of your business and as a result you will need follow UK employment law and guidelines.

If you have chosen to furlough your apprentice(s), they should not undertake any work for your business. Apprentices should however continue with their training with the College and you should ensure you are following the latest guidelines issued by the government.

Click here to find out more about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. All furloughing of employees must be completed through HMRC.

If you are looking to bring back a furloughed apprentice, then please contact a member of the Employer Engagement Team or your designated Training Officer who will talk you through the process.

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.

Returning to Work

Following the announcement of the steps being introduced to restart the economy, some apprentices may be returning to work and are able to continue or restart their learning in the workplace.

To ensure that we are supporting as many apprentices to continue their apprenticeship as possible, we will continue to provide remote learning as the predominant mode of delivery.

However, where we feel it is safe to do so, we are now putting steps in place to provide apprenticeship training in the workplace where it meets the new ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidelines. We will work with all employers and apprentices to mutually agree where and how this training takes place.

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

Although our students are currently in a period of remote learning and placements have been temporarily ceased, we are still looking ahead to the future and planning for student placements in 2020/2021.

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.

We are currently working on a range of training and development to support our young people in the workplace that adheres to COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of our students and local businesses too. This will include, how to stay safe in the workplace, what to do if they require support, how to spot the signs of Covid-19 and how to report this.

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

Government COVID-19 Support for Businesses

The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have shared important information for business owners in the region. Information can be found here.

The Government have also introduced legislation and funding packages to support business organisations across Leeds City Region throughout Covid-19.

 If you would like to find out more information about what is available please contact:

If your business is based in Calderdale, please visit the Calderdale Council website here.

If your business is based in Kirklees, please visit the Kirklees Council website here.

If your business is based in Bradford, please visit the Bradford Council website here.

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.

Following official Government guidance given on Monday 16th March, stipulating people should now avoid public buildings. The College has taken the decision to suspend all commercial activities and bookings which currently take place in the Inspire Centre, including the Gym facility until further notice. Any fees that have been paid up to the end of the month, will be honoured once the facilities re-open. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, this decision has not been taken lightly, however people’s health and well-being must be considered at this testing time. Please 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.