Covid – 19 Information Page
Update 27th August 2021
Harrison College System of Controls: Protective Measures
- DfE no longer recommend that it is necessary to keep children and young people in consistent groups (‘bubbles’). This means that bubbles will not need to be used for any summer provision (for example, summer schools or FE settings that remain open during this period), or in settings from the autumn term.
- Close contacts will be identified via NHS Test and Trace and education settings will no longer be expected to undertake contact tracing.
- Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:
- they are fully vaccinated
they are below the age of 18 years 6 months
they have taken part in, or are currently part of, an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
- Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so. Adults who do not need to isolate, and children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school, and have been identified as a close contact, should continue to attend school as normal. They do not need to wear a face covering within the school, but it is expected and recommended that these are worn when travelling on public or dedicated transport.
- Covid Safe Procedures (daily routine):
- Sanitise on arrival
- Temperature check and write your temperature on the signing in sheet
- If you have done an LFD test at home, then inform College by putting a green dot, next to your signature on the signing in sheet
- Sanitise hands again
- Face coverings can be worn if a student or staff members wishes to.
- Frequent increased hand washing routines to sanitise hands at the beginning of the day, when changing areas, before and after lunch and at the end of the day,
- Cleaning of workstations, tables, equipment including laptops and workstations etc. in-between and before/after each session
- Maintain social distancing where possible from students and other adults – also during breakfast club and lunch
- If a student develops any of the 3 highlighted COVID-19 symptoms; high temperature, new continuous cough and loss of taste/sense of smell, they will immediately be sent home and will need to isolate for 10 days and follow all Public Health England guidance. Students will then need to request a PCR test and await a negative result before returning to College.
Should a student have to self isolate or feel that they cannot attend College they should contact College and also continue to use all the virtual learning platforms that are used in College which can be found here: Students
Harrison College System of Controls: Protective Measures
Harrison College has been de-contaminated and sanitised by Harrison Facilities Management. This was carried out and a certificate of completion can be viewed on request.
Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms do not attend College
- All staff and students will continue to take LFD tests twice weekly
- All staff, students and visitors (if essential) will have a compulsory temperature check when entering the building.
Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual
Ensure that all adults and young people:
- frequently wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and dry thoroughly. Review the guidance on hand cleaning
- Clean their hands on arrival at the setting, before and after eating, and after sneezing or coughing
- Are encouraged not to touch their mouth, eyes and nose
- Use a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze and use bins for tissue waste (‘catch it, bin it, kill it’)
- Ensure that bins for tissues are emptied throughout the day
- Where possible, all spaces should be well ventilated using natural ventilation (opening windows) or ventilation units
- Prop doors open, where safe to do so (bearing in mind fire safety and safeguarding), to limit use of door handles and aid ventilation
- All students will be issued with their own bottle of hand sanitiser
Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
Introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often using standard products, such as detergents and bleach
- Toilets will be allocated to students and staff to minimise cross contamination. Signage is posted around the college and also disinfectant wipes and provided in each toilet and instructions are available to explain how to clean the taps, sink, toilet handle and seat and dispose in the bin
- All teacher workstations and reception are provided with spray on and leave disinfectant which will be done 3 times per day, on top of the usual cleaning routine, targeting heavy use areas such as door handles, desks and chairs
- The learning environment will be sanitised weekly using an aerosol; Sanigone. Sanigone is a highly effective sanitiser and disinfectant product which kills 99.99% of ALL enveloped coronaviruses in an enclosed space and can last for up to 7 days. SANIGONE is certified with three British Standards of testing and authentication: BS EN 14476, BS EN 1276 and BS EN 1650.
Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible
Reduce the use of shared resources:
- By limiting the amount of shared resources that are taken home and limit exchange of take-home resources between young people and staff. Students will use their allocated laptops and this will be labelled with their name along with the battery charger. Laptops will be cleaned at the start of each day in College.
- By seeking to prevent the sharing of stationery and other equipment where possible. Shared materials and surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected more frequently
- Students will sit at an allocated desk, keeping groups to a maximum of 12. Folders and stationery will be allocated to each student and cleaned at the end of each day and will only be used by the same student each day.
Response to Infection
Engage with the NHS Test and Trace process
Staff members and parents/carers understand that they will need to be ready and willing to:
- book a test if they are displaying symptoms. Staff and students must not come into the college if they have symptoms, and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in college.
- provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test & Trace
- self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) if they have not been fully vaccinated and are over the age of 18 years and 6 months.
Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. Essential workers, which includes anyone involved in education or childcare, have priority access to testing.
We will ask parents/ carers and staff to inform us immediately of the results of a test:
- if someone tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of their household can stop self-isolating.
- if someone tests positive, they should follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’ and must continue to self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to college only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste
Harrison College Ltd Continuity Plan Covid 19 Risk Assessment – September 2021 update
COVID-19 Flowchart August 2020
We are following the guidance from Pubic Health England and the Department for Education and further advice and guidance can be found on their website by clicking the link below:
Special schools and other specialist settings: coronavirus (COVID-19) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Cases | Coronavirus in the UK (data.gov.uk)
Education Secretary sets out school contingency plans for England – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) Uploaded 31st December 2020
Local Assistance Scheme – Doncaster Council
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools Uploaded 27th August 2020
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19 Uploaded 21st May 2020
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools Uploaded 2nd July 2020