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from Dudley College of Technology

Coronavirus Update - 15 September 2020

Current situation

We currently have a small number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reported at Dudley College. All staff and students affected by these cases have been informed and the necessary action taken.

If you have not been contacted by Public Health England or the College then you are not determined to be at risk and should attend college as normal.

Key information

Dudley College is working hard to make our campuses as safe as possible for staff, students and visitors. Any one exhibiting symptoms as of COVID-19 (see the NHS website) will have been sent home immediately and advised to have a test. We are following all necessary actions in line with government guidelines for schools and colleges that means that where we have confirmed cases of  COVID-19, the College will immediately inform the local Health Protection Team and Public Health England. We will work with the team to carry out a rapid risk assessment and identify appropriate next steps.

Information for Students and Parents

  • No student should attend college if they have COVID-19 symptoms or their household has been asked to self-isolate. Students should report their absence to the personal tutor.

  • Any student who displays symptoms whilst at college will be immediately isolated until they can be taken home

  • If we become aware of any positive cases of COVID-19 in staff or students we will immediately inform Public Health England. They then work with the college to determine any associated individuals at risk and what action we need to take to inform those individuals.

  • Key to minimising the risk for our students is that they follow our safety procedures. As a reminder the campus safety video can be found here. Students should ensure they avoid as much contact as possible outside of their class ‘bubble, maintain good hygiene, and adhere to the use of face coverings and social distancing as instructed around campus.

  • We will update our website daily so that everyone understands the current situation.

  • If any students are asked to self-isolate or work from home as precautionary measure due to advice from Public Health England, they will be able to access online lessons and activities. The course tutor will provide details within 24 hours if this is the case. 

What are COVID-19 symptoms

Following the return of schools colleges after a prolonged break, it is common for colds and similar viral infections to circulate. Below is some important information on how COVID-19 symptoms differ from those of other infections that we normally see circulating at this time of year. However, we advise that in all matters it is best to err on the side of caution and if you believe you have a heavy cold you  may need to take a day or two off to recover and to prevent  spreading it  to your peers.

If you are unsure of your condition check your symptoms against this easy comparison:

COVID-19 symptoms. The main symptoms to be aware of are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back

  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour at a time, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

If you should develop any of the above symptoms, you should self-isolate and you should book them a test as soon as possible at www.nhs.uk or via 119. Please let your tutor know you are off sick and also please let us know as soon as you have the results of your test. Upper respiratory symptoms, like stuffed up/runny nose and sinus congestion, are very uncommon in COVID-19.

Cold-like symptoms. Cold symptoms come on gradually and can include:

  • a blocked or runny nose usually with a sore throat

  • headaches and muscle aches

  • spasmodic coughs and sneezing

  • a raised temperature

  • pressure in the ears and face

  • loss of taste and smell (generally as a result of a blocked up nose)

We thank you for your co-operation at this time.  We can assure you the College is taking all measures to provide a safe Covid secure environment and responding to all matters in line with national guidelines.

Essential enrolment information

16-18 year old learners

All enrolment this year is online as part of our measures to ensure we comply with social distancing requirements.  For all new students joining the college you will receive an email on Monday 31st August that tells you your first day information. If you have enrolled after this date your tutor will contact you directly.

Travelling to College

We all know that travelling to college will be a little different this year; so that you can plan your journey better visit the Travel West Midlands Network site to get the latest transport advice. Please remember that you must wear a face covering on all public transport, at stations and at interchanges.

WM Travel : www.networkwestmidlands.com/plan-your-journey/back-to-school and college

All enrolled learners

Before you attend your first day you will need to do a couple of things. Follow these instructions carefully and you’ll be ready to go: The first task is to activate your college account by following these instructions www.dudleycol.ac.uk/Support/Accessing-Your-Account You will need a username in order to use college computers and systems.

Your username is your student ID on your learning agreement e.g. 00461826 Your initial password is your date of birth in the format ddmmyyyy. For example, if your date of birth was 29/12/1978, you would enter 29121978. The college provides you an email account via Microsoft Office 365.

Your email address is studentid@dudleylearners.ac.uk for example 00461826@dudleylearners.ac.uk

Once you have activated your college account you will be able to access all college systems through our student dashboard; MyDay. From here you will see all the links to your Microsoft Office Account, college email account, attendance records, course material within Blackboard and library links to name just a few. The username for MyDay is your student email address from above and the password is the new password you set when activating your account. Please note: when activating your account please ensure you type Students\ before your college computer username.

Student finance support

All information for student regarding financial support can be found at www.dudleycol.ac.uk/support/student-finance We look forward to seeing you in September

 

Neil Thomas
Chief Executive and Principal, Dudley College of Technology

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