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Update: COVID-19 

We are delighted to welcome our students and staff back to College sites. 

Bournemouth & Poole College's priority is to maintain a safe environment for our students, staff and wider community, whilst ensuring that everyone is getting the most out of their college experience. 

In light of the current situation, we have introduced additional measures to ensure the safety of our students and staff. These include an enhanced cleaning schedule, regular hand sanitsising stations and regular reminders to our students and staff about the importance of following social distancing guidelines. 

We recognise that this is an evolving situation and official advice changes regularly. As such, we are regularly reviewing our policies and closely monitoring the advice from the Department of Education and Public Health England.

Please continue checking this webpage to keep up-to-date with our latest developments.

Telling us about a positive test result

In the unfortunate event that you test positive for COVID-19, it is important that you let us know immediately. In the first instance you should contact our COVID-19 response line on 01202 205111. You can also use this form here (please note this will take you through to myBPC). 

Important:

The individual actions of our students and staff are extremely important in ensuring that the College remains a safe space. As such, we are continuing to remind our students and staff of the importance of maintaining social distancing outside of their bubbles, hand hygiene and wearing a face covering outside of the classroom.

General questions for students, parents and carers

Is the College currently open?

Yes. We're thrilled to have welcomed our students back on site and resumed full on-site delivery.

This dedicated page will continue to be updated regularly to keep you informed on our position.

Can I still apply for a course or Apprenticeship at the College?

You can still apply to all our courses and Apprenticeships. Applications can be made through our website. Search for the course you are interested in and hit the apply button.
 
What is the College doing about Coronavirus?

The College’s Critical Incident Team has been meeting on a regular basis since February to put a specific action plan in place relating to COVID-19. We are closely monitoring the advice from the Departments of Education and Public Health England to ensure we are as prepared as possible for different scenarios.
 
The College have introduced additional measures to ensure the safety of its students, staff and wider community. These include an enhanced cleaning schedule, regular hand sanitising stations, wearing a face covering outside of the classroom and a one-way system throughout the College.
 
Has the College had any COVID-19 cases?
 
Since the beginning of term, we have had a small number of confirmed cases of COVID-19. These have been isolated cases and the majority of our students have not been affected.
 
Our strict processes have meant that we have been able to identify affected student bubbles and trace students and staff who have been in close contact with the individuals, and they have been instructed to self-isolate as a precaution.  
 
I am a parent/carer, what information do I need to know?

We understand that this is a particularly worrying time. We want to reassure you that we are working hard behind the scenes to ensure that all our students continue to receive the best education and College experience.

We are regularly reviewing our policies and closely monitoring the advice from the Department of Education and Public Health England.

Public Health England have produced the following letter for schools and colleges to distribute to parents which explains when a person requires COVID-19 test and what the symptoms are: Public Health England letter to parents/ carers

We will continue to keep you updated on the latest developments moving forward.

How are students being taught?

In September we invited all of our students back into College to resume our full on-site delivery. In some areas, students will have part of their learning taught virtually but the majority of students will attend college as normal.

As far as possible, students are being taught in the same space and teaching staff are moving from room to room instead of students. We understand, however, that this will not always be possible, for example when workshops or salons need to be accessed. 
 

How will social distancing work?

When walking around College, students and staff must follow the one-way system that has been put in place. The only exception to this is if you need to access the bathroom during lesson times, when the corridors are quiet, in which case your lecturer may grant you permission to go there and back on the same corridor. 
 
Students and staff will be required to wear face coverings outside of the classroom. More information about face coverings can be found further down.
 
Students should ensure that they maintain social distancing with all staff and students who are not in their bubble. 

 
What does a 'bubble' mean?
 
Students on our full-time study programmes will be assigned a bubble by their Directors of Learning and Learning Manager. 
 
A bubble is a specified group of other students who you will stay with during your time at College. You will not be required to socially distance within your bubble, although you may wear a face covering if you prefer. It is important that you stay within your bubble at all times and do not mix with students from other bubbles. 
 
The definition of a bubble may vary in different areas of the College. This is because the group sizes and needs of students are different in each area. 
 
What about social distancing for adult learners and apprentices?

We have agreed that from Monday 21 September the following arrangements for teaching adults and apprentices should be put in place:

  • All adult students & all apprentices should wear a face covering and    maintain a distance of 1m+ in class
  • This applies to adults attending part-time classes (eg evening classes) but also to those attending full-time adult programmes eg Access to HE 
  • In addition, in practical areas, such as hairdressing, we expect sector rules to be followed at all times
  • The only exception is if there is an ‘adult’ ie 19+ student in a full-time class with 16-18 year olds, then they are treated as part of the ‘bubble’ and would not need to wear a face covering
     
Will students and staff have to wear a face covering?

When walking around College, students and staff will be expected to wear face coverings. You should bring your own face covering to College, however, an emergency supply will be available at College entrances. 
 
Students can also purchase reusable face coverings from reception. 
 
We understand that some people will not be able to/ are exempt from wearing face coverings and we have a discreet way of identifying these individuals to safeguard them from being challenged by the way of a lanyard. 
 
What other precautions do the College have in place?

The College has instated an enhanced cleaning schedule to help prevent the risk of COVID-19. In addition, hand sanitiser has been placed at all entrances and must be used by anyone entering the building. 
 
Hand sanitiser will also be available in all classrooms, which students will be asked to use at the start of each session. Furthermore, viricidal cleaning products will be placed in all classrooms so students can wipe down their workspace (computers, table, equipment etc.) at the start and end of each session. 
 
What happens if a student or member of staff develops COVID-19 symptoms?
 
Important: If any student or member of staff develops COVID-19 symptoms, they should remain at home and arrange for a COVID-19 test. 

If showing COVID-19 symptoms, students should call the absence line on 01202 205444 or inform their tutor and staff should inform their line manager.  

The College has procedures in place should any student or member of staff develop COVID-19 symptoms.

Student:
If a student develops symptoms of COVID-19 whilst at the College, they will be taken to the designated isolation room. The student’s next of kin will be contacted and an arrangement will be made for their collection and safe travel home. The student will be instructed to self-isolate at home and get tested for COVID-19.

If the test returns positive, the student is to isolate for at least 10 days and only return to college after the isolation period is finished and they’re feeling better. It is vital that students inform the College of a positive test result. Members of staff and any individuals who have been in close contact with the individual are to be sent home to self-isolate for 14 days from the onset of symptoms. 

Staff:
If a member of staff develops symptoms of COVID-19, they will be instructed to self-isolate at home and get tested for COVID-19. 

If the test returns positive, the staff member is to isolate for at least 10 days and only return to work after the isolation period is finished and they’re feeling better. It is vital that staff report a positive test result to their line manager as soon as possible. 

Any staff or students in close contact with the individual will have to self-isolate for 14 days.