Why it’s important that Keighley College stays open during the lockdown
During this second lockdown, it’s important that college remains open and continues to operate safely and effectively, as we have been since reopening in September.
One of the reasons for introducing the four-week lockdown is to protect education. Many sectors have been shut down to allow education to continue safely, so we must keep attending college as we have done over recent months.
We appreciate many will have concerns about coming to college during lockdown, but we’ve put many safety measures in place so our students can keep progressing and learning. College also promotes a welcoming and inclusive environment which is positive for students’ wellbeing and mental health.
The number of students testing positive for the virus at Keighley College has always been a small proportion and the amount of cases are slowly declining.
We have an efficient system for reporting Covid-19 tests; there is a dedicated team managing this process who are always on hand to inform potentially impacted students and staff. If required, we collapse student groups for the time recommended by the government and make sure everyone who has been affected is self-isolating. When this occurs, we’re also supporting students with their wellbeing, making sure that they are in a good position upon returning to college.
We acknowledge that students might feel nervous to attend college during lockdown, however our health and safety measures have been working well to protect our students and staff. These measures include:
- All students have staggered start and finish times.
- Student group systems are in place at college. Each section of the college is divided into zones, with groups of students allocated to a zone of the college.
- Regular temperature checks on student arrival and departure.
- There is a one-way system in operation in order to maintain social distancing.
- Face coverings worn throughout the college.
- All college staff maintain 2 metre distance from all, and where this is not possible, PPE is worn.
- Any personal protective equipment that is risk assessed as being required is provided.
- Zones are cleaned before different student groups can use them.
- Hand sanitiser stations in place across the college.
If you have any concerns or questions about attending college during the lockdown, please get in touch by calling 01535 685000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.