General Advice for the College Community
The College strongly suggests that members of the College community rely upon information about the virus drawn from the following official sources :
Where advice from these sources changes, we will continue to send out information to you about this. The Senior Management Committee (SMC) are convening currently at least once every two days to discuss Coronavirus-related matters and their impact upon the College.
Overall the message is ‘business as usual’ whilst SMC actively monitors the situation and advises the College in making timely decisions as the situation changes.
Reducing the chance of infection at the College
The medical advice is unanimous that regular washing and disinfection of hands is a practical and effective measure to reduce risk. Posters are displayed around the College providing advice on the virus and how to stop it spreading. Hand sanitiser dispensers are distributed around the College.
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
If you feel unwell
In line with Government advice, if you feel even mildly unwell (e.g. with a cough, and cold-like symptoms), please do not come into College and self-isolate for seven days. In such circumstances, there will be no need to seek medical advice, such as through calling 111. During this period, if you are well enough and ordinarily would have been working on College-related activities, please continue to work from home as far as is possible. If your condition deteriorates, you are strongly advised to call 111.
Read the Governments Stay-at-home Guidance
Mitigation should Rose Bruford College students or staff be affected
Symptoms of coronavirus are a cough, high temperature and shortness of breath, although any or all of these does not necessarily mean that you have the illness. As indicated above, if you have of these symptoms you are required to self-isolate for seven days. If your condition deteriorates, dial 111 to use the NHS Coronavirus service.
Through the 111 Coronavirus Service, arrangements will be made for individuals to be tested at the most appropriate location. Until this and any other advice is given by the NHS the person affected should remain quarantined and may be further quarantined following testing until the result is known.
It is possible that the College may need to close for a period of time should the authorities advise us to do so. Please continue to check emails and this webpage for information as the situation develops.
Discrimination Zero Tolerance
There have been reports about an increase in discrimination, hate crimes and racist behaviour since the outbreak of the virus. The College wishes to remind everyone of its zero-tolerance approach to all forms of discrimination. If any member of the College community has any concerns about this you are encouraged to contact immediately Student Support (students), Human Resources (staff) or the Vice Principal.
If you encounter any incidents of discrimination within the wider community you are encouraged to report this to the police on the following phone number - 101.
Although the risk from coronavirus for most individuals in the UK is relatively low, the safety and wellbeing of the College’s students is of the utmost importance, and we are continuously monitoring the situation for further changes.
The College is following advice from Public Health England, the Government, the Office for Students and the World Health Organisation. Contingency plans are in place to support students.
We will continue to communicate any updates to our guidance with our community. For students and staff, please check College emails regularly with regard to developments.