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COVID-19 update

17/03/2020

Hopwood Hall College is open as usual.

However, the Sports Arena, Riverside Restaurant and Riverside Salon will be closed to members of the public.

The College has put measures into place to ensure the health and safety of all staff, students and visitors over the coming days and weeks. We will continue to respond to new developments by closely monitoring the advice and guidelines from the Department for Education and Public Health England.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic, please check the NHS, Government and Public Health websites.

Students

It is natural to feel concerned and anxious about the news surrounding coronavirus. The College is therefore encouraging students to take time to focus on their wellbeing.

The below is a handy guide featuring steps that you can take to reduce any feelings of stress or confusion that you might be dealing with.

Please familiarise yourself with the symptoms of coronavirus. These include a new and continuous cough, a high temperature and/or breathing problems.

If you begin to suffer from any of these symptoms while on campus you must report it immediately to the College. You must make every effort to keep away from others while you await further instruction.

In the event that you begin to suffer symptoms while at home – or any member of your family/household does – you must not attend College. In addition, you must not visit your local pharmacy or GP.

It is important that you follow NHS guidelines, in which case you may be required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days days. In the event of this happening, you will have to report your absence but your attendance record will not be negatively affected.

Please do not suffer alone if you are struggling or in crisis during this timeframe. The following helplines will be able to assist you should you require.

Samaritans (any age) 116123

Childline (up to age 19) 0800 1111

CAM crisis messenger text CAM to 85258

NHS Direct 111

Please contact 999 is there is an immediate risk to life.

You can visit Kooth if you need to speak to a counsellor. This is a messaging and online counselling service for 11-25 year olds.

Other helpful advice can be found at Mental Health Foundation.

Parents/Carers

There are currently no plans for the College to close. Instead, we are making continued efforts to uphold the health and wellbeing of all students as the pictures develops.

We understand that many people might be concerned, but please rest-assured that we will be following the advice of Public Health England and the Department for Education.

Please check the NHS, Government and Public Health websites for the most up to date information.

Staff

Staff must alert their manager if they begin to experience symptoms of coronavirus while in work. You must also report it if any member of your family/household is experiencing symptoms and you may be required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days.

Apprentices

The College is operating as normal. Any decisions or measures we take will be based on the advice from Public Health England and the Department for Education.

Please continue your apprenticeship with the College as usual.

Employers

Please be advised that the College is operating as normal and we continue to receive regular updates from the Department for Education and Public Health England around the COVID-19 outbreak. We will update our plans and responses when new information becomes available.

Students studying an apprenticeship with you should continue their studies as usual.

If your organisation updates visitor policies and/or working arrangements due to the coronavirus outbreak, please inform us at apprenticeships@hopwood.ac.uk.