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COVID19 Information

We are constantly updating this page with the latest updates, links and information rerlating to the Coronavirus outbreak.

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On this page you’ll find the latest updates and information regarding our response to the COVID19 pandemic.

If any of our learners have any queries, they should contact their Progress and Welfare Coach in the first instance.

Update, 14/5/21: From Monday, May 17th, there will be some easing of the national COVID19 restrictions.

For us, this means that face coverings will no longer be required in classrooms for our learners and staff.

They will, however, still be required while in communal areas of the college, which includes stairways and corridors. They will also be necessary while walking around the LRC and canteen areas, but may be removed once seated.

We have taken the decision to extend the requirement to wear face coverings in these communal areas in line with our risk assessment, and feel this is the safest option for both our students and staff at the current time. We will continue to monitor this and follow guidance.

Those who are exempt will not be required to wear face coverings, and if people do prefer to wear them at all times, including in classrooms, then we will support their decision.

All of our other safety measures, including the one way system, room capacity and social distancing, will remain in place. There may be a small number of specific cases and locations where 1.5m distance cannot be maintained, and face coverings are required – we will ensure such areas have separate arrangements to suit.


Thank you for agreeing to take part in home testing. You are required to test twice per week and details of how to self-administer the test are contained within your home test pack.

You must report report your Covid 19 result to the government using this link and also to the College, this is a Government requirement so that we are able to manage contact tracing, groups and bubbles.

The link for the home testing form has been shared via email but it is also available on MyDay

The form is very simple and takes around 1 minute to complete


You should do your test on the night before your first day each week in college and the next test 3-5  days after this, keeping a continuous loop of testing and reporting going until such time as the Government asks us to stop the programme.



When will the college reopen?
The college reopened for onsite learning on March 8th. The majority of students will continue to follow a mixture of blended and onsite learning. Please see your timetable on the student MyDay page to see when you are required to attend college.


How will I find out if I am required to be in college on any extra days

Your timetable will be updated on your student MyDay page – please check for any changes.


Will we need to have a Covid-19 test?

Learners who have consented to tests, are being provided with home testing kits which they are required to complete twice a week.


Will I be able to get food & drink from the college?

Yes, you will. We have launched a new catering menu which will be available Monday to Thursday between 8.30am and 4pm; and on a Friday 8.30am to 3.30pm.


Who do I contact with any questions?

In the first instance you should speak to either your Progress and Welfare Coach or Training Advisor.


Do I have to wear a mask in college?

The wearing of face coverings in corridors, stairways and communal areas of all college buildings is mandatory. You are no longer required to wear a face covering in classrooms.

(Normal exemptions apply to those who cannot wear them for medical or communication reasons.)


What health and safety precautions are in place around college?

There will be hand sanitising stations around the college to ensure all learners and staff follow Government advise on regular sanitising of hands. A keep-left system is in place, with corridors and stairways marked up around the college, along with a one-way system.

Regular cleaning is being carried out throughout the day, as well as reduced occupancy in toilets and classrooms.


How will timetables look this academic year?

The majority of learning programmes this year will consist of a mix of face-to-face and online learning via our Canvas Virtual Learning Programme.

This is one of our control measures to ensure the safety of all our learners and staff by limiting the number of people onsite at any time.

Online Canvas classes will be interactive with teachers and the class actively participating in activities. The classes will run to the usual college timetable and most will be accessible at other times for learners to revisit.


How will Lakes College keep learners, parents and guardians up to date? 

The best way to keep up to date is to check our website ( as it will be constantly updated with any changes. We are also using other channels (such as text messages and social media platforms) to communicate important messages. 


How do we protect ourselves from Coronavirus? 

  • Keep your immune system healthy by getting plenty of sleep, nutrition, stress-relief, and exercise.  
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitiser (contains at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available. Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds, and certainly after sneezing or before/after touching your face or a sick person. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Avoid contact with others who have any symptoms.


There are a number of online websites where learners can get support during these unusual times.

We have a dedicated page to support student wellbeing – click here

Click here to read an open letter to Young People of West Cumbria – from West Cumbria Youth Council

We’ve all had to make major changes to our daily routines due to the coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak. We understand that learning from home can be a challenge to many, as you face a lot of disruptions.

We’ve found that making a plan and organising your day and routine can help gain back some control and have put together a few tips to help you along the way.

Create a daily schedule
This can include things like getting out of bed and showering at the same time every morning. We know there’s nothing better than a pyjama day, but it is important to get yourself motivated for the day ahead – start the day as you mean to go on. You could even go for a daily walk before the college day kicks off – and don’t forget to have breakfast!

Make a to-do list
Plan out what you would like to do with your day, then cross items off the list as you complete them. Tackle the harder tasks at the start of the day so they’re out of the way quicker!

Create a space where you can work from
Try and set up an area in your house specifically for your work, so that you can keep your college life away from your home life.

Avoid distractions
Turn off your phone or your social media notifications if you are easily distracted and do not need them for home learning — whatever it takes to help you stay focused while working. Switch them back on the reconnect when taking breaks, lunch and after the college day has ended.

Make sure to take regular breaks
This can help you regain focus and stay motivated. Short, often breaks tend to work best for most people. It is recommended to get up and stretch your legs every 30 minutes.

Use this time wisely
If you have things to do like tidying, make sure to use your time efficiently and get those jobs done! You could also use your time to do something practical like learn a new instrument or a new language.

Talk to people
This can be via social media, a phone call, a conversation with your family or even a chat with your pets!

Ask for help
If you need any help or advice, there are plenty of ways to achieve this. If you’re struggling with your college work, speak to your tutor or fellow learners. We’ve also produced a list of to the online help which is available – click here.

Don’t be scared to speak out – this is an extremely challenging and unusual time for everyone.

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