Advice is available from the Foreign and Commonweath Office for returning travellers.
What you should do if you think you have COVID-19
Public Health England and the Government has released detail on advice related to social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
This advice is to stay at home and self-isolate :
- If you have a high temperature, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
- If you have a new, continuous cough, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
- If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
- If you are confirmed to have coronavirus.
- If you have been close contact with someone with coronavirus .
- If you have been to a high risk-risk area or country in the past 14 days.
You can read further information and advice here.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Use the NHS 111 service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days.
Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help and advice online.
If you are a member of staff you should call your line manager; line managers should report any suspected cases to the Health and Safety team.
If you are a student you should call the college main number 0116 224 2240 and report that you think you may have the coronavirus. You may be asked some questions about the last time you were in college, what areas of the college you were in and who you were with.
Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults
Public Health England has released advice on social distancing for everyone in the UK. It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
It is important to make yourself familiar with this advice please click here.
Key points to note are:
- Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;
- Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible; Work from home, where possible.
- Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
- Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
- Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.
Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.
A summary of the advice
* if one member of your family or household has a new continuous cough or high temperature
** if you live alone and you have a new continuous cough or high temperature
*** if you live alone and you have a new continuous cough or high temperature
**** for example via telephone or internet
1 ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year
Unsure whether you should be self-isolating? This is the latest advice from the government. If you’re not able to come into college please let us know by calling 0116 224 2240.
Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline
Advice is also available from the Department for Education.
The DfE has launched a helpline for COVID-19 for questions related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm as follows:
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Email: email@example.com
Coronavirus action plan
The government has issued an action plan in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, outlining what the health and social care system has done to tackle it.
Information what to do if you are asked to self-isolate
Advice is available from Public Health England if you are asked to self-isolate.
Common questions about the virus
The NHS has published commonly asked questions and answers about COVID-19.
The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.
Latest advice from Ofqual about exams
Ofqual recognises that students, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the 2020 summer exam series. Ofqual’s advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal.
Ofqual continues to work closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education to plan for a range of scenarios, as the public would expect. Our overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum.
It is still many weeks until exams start and they will issue updated advice if necessary, giving schools and colleges as much notice as possible.
Latest updates from Ofqual.
Advice for students
The college will be sending out important information to you via Moodle and your college email account. Please ensure that you are checking your email regularly as well as your Moodle account to keep up to date. Click here for student portal.
Commercial Services at Leicester College
Sue Townsend Theatre
Due to the latest government advice the College has taken the difficult decision to cancel all events at the Sue Townsend Theatre until further notice. Please contact individual event organisers if you require further information. We apologise for any inconvenience. You can see which events are cancelled here.
We have taken the difficult decision to close our taste Restaurant at the College from Monday 16 March 2020 until further notice. The safety of our staff, students and visitors is our highest priority and minimising visitors to the College is one way we can do this.
Serenity Hair and Beauty Salons
We have taken the difficult decision to close our Serenity Hair and Beauty salons at Leicester College until further notice. The safety of our staff, students and visitors is our highest priority and minimising visitors to the College is one way we can do this.