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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 on Monday, November 29th, 2021.

  • Following the latest Government advice, from Tuesday, November 30th, face coverings are required in all communal areas of the college. This includes corridors and stairways. When standing/walking in the LRC, you must wear a face covering, but can remove when seated.
  • Those who are exempt from wearing a face covering do not need to wear one.
  • Face coverings are not required in learning environments (classrooms, workshops etc) unless required as part of a risk assessment.
  • The Department for Education said: “Face coverings should be worn in communal areas in all settings by staff, visitors and pupils or students in year 7 and above, unless they are exempt. Pupils or students (in year 7 or above) should continue to wear face coverings on public and dedicated school transport, unless they are exempt.”
  • People who are displaying COVID symptoms, should not enter the college buildings.
  • There will be a one way system on stairways around the college campus to support safe movement (these will be clearly signed).
  • We urge all staff and learners to maintain social distancing where they can.
  • Maintain enhanced hand hygiene practice, as well as good respiratory hygiene ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it’.
  • Home testing – Lateral Flow Tests – will be available for all staff and students and we urge you to text twice a week.
  • For the latest guidance regarding isolation, visit the Government website

In order to ensure the safety of everyone who attends the college, occupied spaces will be well ventilated and there will be enhanced cleaning taking place.

In regards to close contacts the college is following the guidance laid out in The Further Education Covid-19 Operational Guidance (last updated 27th September 2021) which reads as follows:

You’re not required to self-isolate if you 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:

  • you’re fully vaccinated
  • you’re below the age of 18 years 6 months
  • you’ve taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you’re not able to get vaccinated for medical reasonss

The college is no longer required to advise students or staff who are close contacts who fall into one of the above categories to isolate, so if they are showing no symptoms they can continue to attend site.

If an individual is a close contact and does not fall into one of the above categories they must self-isolate in line with national guidance.

NHS Test and Trace will contact the individual who has tested positive to identify close contacts. NHS Test and Trace will contact close contacts and advise them to go for a PCR test. PCR tests can be booked at Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) or by calling 119. If a close contact falls into one of the above categories the student can continue in college whilst they get their results.

We continue to encourage twice weekly Lateral Flow testing for both staff and students.

Anybody displaying symptoms should not attend site and should get a PCR test.

If a staff member or student has symptoms when at college they should be asked to leave site and go for a PCR. They should not leave by public transport. If they have to wait for a lift they should remain in the classroom they are in and others leave.

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Thank you to those who have agreed to take part in home testing (emails are currently been sent to provide information).

The Government is advising people to test twice per week and details of how to self-administer the test are contained within your home test pack.

You must report your Covid 19 result to the government using this link https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result and also to the College, this is a Government requirement so that we are able to manage contact tracing, groups and bubbles.

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.

 

 

Do I have to wear a mask in college?

Yes, from November 30th, staff and students are required to wear a face covering in communal areas of the college. This includes the corridors and stairways. You are not required to wear a face covering in classrooms. Those who are exempt, are not required to wear a face covering.

 

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 one-way system is in place on stairways.

Regular cleaning is being carried out throughout the day.

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 (www.lcwc.ac.uk) 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. 

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

Yes, you will. There is a selection of hot and cold food and drinks in our recently renovated canteen.

Who do I contact with any questions?

In the first instance you should speak to either your Progress and Welfare Coach or Training Advisor 9these will be assigned to you on your first day).

 

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.


What is the college advice regarding close contacts?

In regards to close contacts the college is following the guidance laid out in The Further Education Covid-19 Operational Guidance (last updated 27th September 2021) which reads as follows:

You’re not required to self-isolate if you 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:

  • you’re fully vaccinated
  • you’re below the age of 18 years 6 months
  • you’ve taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you’re not able to get vaccinated for medical reasonss

The college is no longer required to advise students or staff who are close contacts who fall into one of the above categories to isolate, so if they are showing no symptoms they can continue to attend site.

If an individual is a close contact and does not fall into one of the above categories they must self-isolate in line with national guidance.

NHS Test and Trace will contact the individual who has tested positive to identify close contacts. NHS Test and Trace will contact close contacts and advise them to go for a PCR test. PCR tests can be booked at Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) or by calling 119. If a close contact falls into one of the above categories the student can continue in college whilst they get their results.

We continue to encourage twice weekly Lateral Flow testing for both staff and students.

Anybody displaying symptoms should not attend site and should get a PCR test.

If a staff member or student has symptoms when at college they should be asked to leave site and go for a PCR. They should not leave by public transport. If they have to wait for a lift they should remain in the classroom they are in and others leave.

 

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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