Frequently Asked Questions regarding Covid-19

We are constantly updating this page with new information, so please check on a regular basis.

Latest updates: Tuesday, March 2nd 2021

When will the college reopen?
Learning – for both students and apprentices – will take place online during the week commencing February 22nd – there will be no onsite teaching.

On February 22nd, the Prime Minister announced that schools and colleges could reopen for face-to-face learning from March 8th.

The majority of our learners will continue to attend lessons online until the week commencing March 8th.

A specific, small group of learners will be onsite from March 1st – you will be contacted if you fall into this group of learners – please do NOT attend college unless you are contacted.


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

Some of our learners will be invited back into college for extra lessons, if you fall into this category, your Progress and Welfare Coach, Training Advisor or Training Officer will be in direct contact with you. Please do not attend college for any extra lessons than before Christmas, unless you are spoken to directly.

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


Will we need to have a Covid-19 test when we return to college?

The college will offer all learners an opportunity to undertake 3 lateral flow tests when they return to college. All learners and apprentices are required to complete an online consent form to say whether they wish to be tested or not. To find more about our plans, click here 

From the week commencing March 8th, if you have consented to having an onsite Covid test on your first day back at college, please head to the reception desk on arrival where you will be taken to the test centre.

If you have stated that you do not want a test, please head to your class.

It is important that you check your timetable on MyDay and only attend college on the day it states you need to be onsite.


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

We will be operating a limited catering service from Monday 1 March 2021.

This will include hot drinks, sandwiches, soup, cakes etc and will be available 8:30am-1:30pm, Monday-Friday.


How can I keep up to date with developments?

We have a dedicated page on our website where we will post all of our latest correspondence regarding the COVID19 situation. It can be found here


Who do I contact with any questions?

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


Do I have to wear a mask when I return to  in college?

Yes. The wearing of face coverings in corridors, stairways and communal areas of all college buildings is mandatory.

You will also have to wear a mask / face covering in class if 2m social distancing controls cannot be maintained.

(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?

Following the lockdown, 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.


What wellbeing support is available?

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


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.