An update from our Principal, Corrie Harris
7 October 2020
We are already five weeks into our new academic year at Moulton College and it has been great to see how positively our students have responded to the COVID security measures that we have put in place to keep everyone safe and the college open.
We have had 4 confirmed cases of Covid infection within our 2000 strong student community. Other colleges and educational institutions are seeing similar, if not higher levels so this unfortunately is to be expected. I do however want to reassure you that we dealt with this swiftly following our robust processes and procedures in order to contain this. To limit the potential spread of Covid-19, the small number of students who had been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed case, and their parents, were all notified within hours of us being informed of a positive test result and will be staying at home for 14 days.
We are continuing to monitor the situation and we are working closely with the Department for Education and Public Health England as the safety and welfare of our students continues to be our top priority.
These cases do serve as a reminder that we must continue to remain vigilant at all times and I would therefore like to remind you of the following:
- Please do not send your son or daughter to College if they are unwell or exhibiting any symptoms attributed to COVID (persistent cough, high temperature or sudden loss of taste or smell)
- If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to College and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
- Face coverings must be worn at all times when travelling on College transport. Failure to do so without good reason will result in your child being forbidden from using the College transport service and they will have to make their own way into College.
- Face coverings must also be worn when students are in communal areas indoors such as corridors, canteens, etc.
As you would expect we are continuing to make preparations in case there are further national lockdown measures in the future. We are fully prepared to teach students via our online delivery methods and our tutors are conducting trials of remote teaching which have gone very well.
We are therefore confident that we can maintain a good level of teaching in case of either a partial or full lockdown.
Thank you for your ongoing support and please keep safe.
Principal and CEO
If a student has any of the symptoms of Covid-19 they should not attend College and self isolate along with members of their household. They should also contact the NHS Helpline to arrange for a test.
More information on what to do if you or a member of your family have symptoms of Covid can be found here.
If a student is self-isolating due to either themselves or a family member having symptoms you must let the College know by calling our absence line (01604 491131 Option 2) and clearly stating the reason for the absence.
If someone begins to self-isolate because they have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19) and they get a test which delivers a negative result, 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.
More information about who should get tested is contained in this letter from Public Health Northamptonshire.
Students who were in proximity (e.g. within the course bubble) with the student exhibiting symptoms can continue to attend College as normal unless:
- they develop symptoms themselves (in which case, they should arrange a test etc.)
- the symptomatic person subsequently tests positive or
- they have been requested to do so by NHS Test and Trace
If the test is positive, then the College will contact the Department for Education and follow their advice as to which students may need to also self-isolate.
According to the latest government guidance an outbreak is classified as two or more positive cases of Covid-19.
In this instance the College will contact the Department for Education to check what needs to happen next. If the advice is that students within the same study bubble need to self-isolate, students and their parents will be notified as soon as is practical.
If students on a course are required to self-isolate, the College will switch to online learning. All students will have already been trained in how to access online learning resources in case the College must switch to an online delivery method.
Depending on the severity of the local lock down we may need to move to a rota delivery where only some students are in at a time. We will notify students, parents and staff as quickly as possible.
Whether it is a partial or full lock down we are prepared to start delivering our courses online. All students will have already been trained in how to access online learning resources in case the College must switch to an online delivery method and we are able to draw on the experience gained during the lock down last academic year to ensure that this works as efficiently as possible.
Wherever possible we will try to cover your child’s lessons with another member of staff. If this is not possible, we will switch some learning to online until the tutor is able to return to College either having received a negative test result or at the end of the ten day isolation period.
If a tutor tests positive for Covid we will consult with the Department for Education immediately, but we do not anticipate that it will be necessary for students to self-isolate, unless they themselves exhibit symptoms. Tutors will have been maintaining a social distance during lessons to limit close contact with students as they move between classes. We have asked students and staff to stay 2m apart at all times to maintain bubbles.
Other useful links
You may find the following links to government advice useful