Frequently Asked Questions regarding Covid-19

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

Latest updates: Sunday, November 1st, 2020.

Is College still open following the latest Government announcement of a planned lockdown from November 5th?

Yes. It is business as usual at the College. Government guidelines state that educational settings, including colleges, schools and universities, will remain open during the lockdown. Read the guidelines here

We ask all of our learners to follow their timetables as normal, and attend college when required to do so. We understand it is a difficult and unusual time, but we have been planning for this scenario for a while and are confident that the measures which we have introduced will ensure the safety of our learners and staff.


Do I have to wear a mask in college?

Yes. The wearing of face coverings in corridors, stairways and communal areas of all college buildings is mandatory. Normal exemptions apply to those who cannot wear them for medical or communication reasons.


I’m classed as being in the vulnerable category – what should I do?

More detailed guidance will be released by the Government on Monday, November 2nd. We will be reviewing individual circumstances during the course of this week, with risk assessments being carried out. If you have any concerns, please contact your progress and welfare coach in the first instance. More advice is available here


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.


Why is the college remaining open during the lockdown, which begins on Thursday, November 5th?

The Government has stressed that the wellbeing and long-term futures of young people is a priority, meaning schools, colleges and universities will remain open.


Will Work Placements still be going ahead?

If both the learner and employer are comfortable with these going ahead on Monday, November 2nd, these can continue. If you have any queries, please speak to your progress and welfare coach.


How will timetables look this academic year?

All 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.


Will the canteen be open?

Yes. An app is available to pre-order lunch, which will then be collected in a Grab and Go bag. Information about how to download and use the app is available here.


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.