Blackburn College News

Latest Covid-19 Guidelines – an update for all Blackburn College students

by Irfan Patel -

Dear students,

Covid-19 continues to be with us. However, we are pleased to announce that the latest Government guidance around masks and face coverings in classrooms has changed.

Masks and Face Coverings

From today, face-coverings and masks will NOT need to be worn in classrooms. You should, however, continue to wear face masks/face-coverings in communal areas (eg. Corridors and canteens).

From Thursday 27th January 2022, face-coverings will no longer be needed in communal areas.

We do have spare masks and face coverings available for you when you attend College but you should try and bring your own with you and ensure you wear your mask/face covering if you are travelling to College using public transport.

Take a Lateral Flow Test

A Lateral Flow Test should be performed before you attend your classes. You should continue to test twice weekly.

If you do not have a test kit they are available to collect from College reception and entrance areas.

You should record your results in two places. Register your result at www.gov.uk and the Blackburn College website.

Register your results here:

Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Home Test Results | Blackburn College

Hand-sanitiser and Hand Washing

Washing your hands and using hand-sanitiser helps control the virus spread. Please ensure you use hand-sanitiser regularly and when you enter our buildings and practise regular and thorough hand-washing.

Exams and assessments in January 2022

All examinations in January 2022 will take place and students are required to attend. If you have any questions or concerns please liaise directly with your Personal Tutor.

Kind regards

Ben Taylor

Head of Marketing

Blackburn College Ofsted Inspection

by Irfan Patel -

Dear student,

We have received notification that Ofsted will be coming to carry out a full inspection of Blackburn College from Monday 10 January 2022.

We expect there to be 8 inspectors on site from this day and they will be on site for 4 days.

This means that during next week it’s highly likely that an Ofsted Inspector may visit your class or talk to you whilst you are in College, or you may see an inspector on campus.

They will want to know how you’re doing, may want to see some of your work and will want to hear directly from you what studying at Blackburn College is like.

As ever, next week it’s especially important you attend your classes and attend your classes on time.

Remember to bring your lanyards to College with you, along with your masks/face coverings and come prepared for your lessons.

Above all, remember that, apart from the inspectors being on site, it’s just a normal week at Blackburn College.

Thank you for your hard work. Enjoy next week!

Regards

Fazal

Dr Fazal Dad

Principal and Chief Executive

Returning to College in January 2022 – latest Covid-19 guidance to follow

by Irfan Patel -

Happy New Year!

We’re looking forward to welcoming you back to Blackburn College in January 2022.

Covid-19 continues to be with us and therefore we ask you to take the following precautions before you return to College.

Take a Lateral Flow Test

A Lateral Flow Test should be performed before you attend College and before your classes re-start from Wednesday 5th January 2022.

If you do not have a test kit they are available to collect from College reception and entrance areas from Tuesday 4th January 2022.

You should record your results in two places. Register your result at www.gov.uk and the Blackburn College website.

Register your results here:

Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Home Test Results | Blackburn College

You should then continue testing twice weekly at home and to report all results using the links above.

Masks and Face Coverings

When you return to College, face-coverings and masks will need to be worn in classrooms as well as in communal areas. The advice is short term only, to support students and teachers as they return to College this term and affects all Schools and Colleges in England. The advice on face coverings in classrooms will be in place until Wednesday 26 January 2022.

We will have spare masks and face coverings available for you when you attend College from Wednesday 5th January 2022 but you should try and bring your own with you and ensure you wear your mask/face covering if you are travelling to College using public transport.

Hand-sanitiser and Hand Washing

Washing your hands and using hand-sanitiser helps control the virus spread. Please ensure you use hand-sanitiser regularly and when you enter our buildings and practise regular and thorough hand-washing.

Exams and assessments in January 2022

All examinations in January 2022 will take place and students are required to attend. If you have any questions or concerns please liaise directly with your Personal Tutor.

The main symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19) are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, 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

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of Covid-19, even if they're mild:

  • Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if you have Covid-19 as soon as possible.
  • Stay at home, do not come into College and do not have visitors (self-isolate) until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
  • Let your Personal Tutor know that you will not be attending College until you get your results.

Information on the changes to the self-isolation period for individuals who test positive for Covid-19

Since the end of December, the 10 day-self-isolation period for people who record a positive test result for Covid-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.

If you test positive you should take Lateral Flow Tests on day 6 and day 7 of your self-isolation period.

If you receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart.

If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education setting from day 8.

If these tests remain positive you should continue your self-isolation until day 10.

Vaccinations

As part of national guidance, 16 and 17 year olds are now being encouraged to come forward and have their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The young adults of Blackburn with Darwen are now able to play their part in helping us return to normal life by getting their Covid-19 vaccination.


Covid-19 Testing whilst you are not in College

by Irfan Patel -

Dear students

We hope you are looking forward to the upcoming Christmas break.

Covid-19 Testing whilst you are not in College

During the Christmas holidays – you should continue to take regular Lateral Flow tests in-line with national Government guidance: twice-weekly and before visiting vulnerable people, or if going to high-risk places that day eg. hairdressers/barbers, restaurant, cinema, shopping etc.

Before returning to College – you should take a Lateral Flow test at home the day before you return to Blackburn College in January 2022.

We will be sending you a reminder to do this on Tuesday 4th January 2022.

Please do remember to collect a test kit and take it home with you before you leave this week, should you need spare kits during the Christmas period.

Lateral Flow test kits can be collected from:

  • Beacon Centre Reception
  • Construction Centre Lobby
  • Futures Centre Lobby
  • University Centre Entrance
  • Sixth Form Reception
  • Food4Thought Café
  • Regional Automotive Technology Hub (RATH) Lobby

Kind regards,

Ben Taylor

Head of Marketing

Art & Design Pop-Up Shop

by Irfan Patel -

Please visit the Level 3 Art & Design Pop-Up shop this week in the Beacon Centre, all profits will go to Night Safe. There is a wide range of artwork for sale that has been created by our very own Level 3 Art Students.

Open 12.00-13.00 - Wednesday 15th – Thursday 16th – Friday 17th



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