Update: November 29, 2021
Following the most recent Covid-19 announcement, from Monday 29 November all learners, staff and visitors will be required to:
- wear a mask (unless medically exempt) in all communal areas including corridors.
Wearing a mask (unless medically exempt) is just one important way in which we can limit the spread of Covid-19. Other ways include:
- testing twice a week (additional information below)
- washing or sanitising your hands regularly, ideally when entering and exiting a classroom
- practicing social distancing where possible
- increasing ventilation by opening doors and windows (please wrap up warm)
New self-isolation advice
Those who have come into contact with a person suspected of suffering from the Omicron variant must self-isolate at home for ten days, regardless of their vaccination status.
We thank you for your ongoing cooperation and commitment to learning together at Hull Training and Adult Education.
These measures will stay in place until the end of term – Friday 17 December (unless we receive further guidance from the government or Department of Education).
Collecting your FREE test kits
Free testing kits are available at all our centres. Please ask at reception should you require one.
If you test positive, you should:
- immediately self-isolate
- report your results here: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result
- request a PCR test to confirm your result: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
- let us know you are self-isolating by calling 01482 615 349 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If your test result was unclear (void), you should do another test.
Positive, negative and void results should all be reported to NHS Test and Trace at https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.
Why take part?
These tests are to protect everyone, particularly those who may be vulnerable, from this virus. Taking part in testing is voluntary and you will still be able to attend Hull Training and Adult Education whether you take part in testing or not.
We would like you all to take part. Testing at home will allow everyone to attend learning in as safe a way as possible.
Your 10-days of isolation start from:
- the day of your positive lateral flow test result if you are not displaying any symptoms (asymptomatic)
- the day of your positive PCR test was undertaken, or
- your first day of symptoms (symptomatic).
If after 10-days you are still displaying symptoms of a high temperature, then you should continue to self-isolate.
Remember, if you’re showing symptoms of Covid-19 (even mildly), you should not come into any of our centres, self-isolate and get a free PCR test. Please remember to contact us and let us know you are self-isolating.
Covid-19 symptoms include:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed.
However, if someone you live with has symptoms, or has tested positive, you will not need to self-isolate if:
- you are fully vaccinated (2 vaccinations)
- you are below the age of 18 years 6 months
- you are taking part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.
If your close contact has contracted the Omicron variant, then self-isolation rules are slightly different. You will be contacted by Track and Trace and they will inform you about your self-isolation requirements.
Even if you don’t have symptoms, you should test daily and ensure you are wearing a mask when with others.
For full and up-to-date rules on self-isolating, please click here
The significant majority of staff and learners have already had their vaccines – thank you!. Getting your vaccine is easy.
https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site provides up-to-date- information on where you can get yours.
Where possible we encourage you to drive, walk or cycle to our centres. Where this is not possible and you are required to take public transport please ensure you follow the government’s guidance for travelling safety. Hull Training and Adult Education may be able to support you with our cycle to learn scheme, which provides cycles. If you would like to know more about this please speak to your tutor.
It is very important that you attend your classes to ensure you don’t miss any learning – this may be by either attending classes physically or virtually. If you are attending classes virtually and are experiencing any problems with technology please contact your tutor to discuss this. Attendance to online lessons will be logged and monitored in the same way as classroom attendance is. Learners who do not sign in for the online sessions will be marked as absent and this will be followed up in accordance with our Attendance Policy.
Support with Resources and Technology
If you require support with access to resources or technology please contact your tutor as soon as possible to ensure continuity of your learning. If you do not have access to a device at home please let us know so that we can support you. We are also able to provide paper-based resources to support you.
We are working very hard to ensure that all learners have every opportunity to successfully complete their qualifications. Following your new virtual timetable on the Google drive will provide a structure to your day and give you as much continuity as possible in these difficult times. Attendance to online lessons will be logged and monitored in the same way as classroom attendance is. Learners who do not sign in for the online sessions will be marked as absent and this will be followed up in accordance with our Attendance Policy.
Resources, handouts and/or presentations for the lessons will be uploaded onto the Google drive and, where pre-arranged, the tutor will also be online to teach the lesson.
Learners will be expected to submit work as normal, including assessment work, homework and mock exams in line with the course timetable.
Tutors will mark submitted work as usual and feedback to learners within an agreed timescale.
How to get the most out of remote learning
Create a space to work that is quiet and away from distractions.
Continue your usual routine as if you are were attending the centre ie getting showered and dressed and eating breakfast;
Make sure you understand the targets are you working towards and the deadlines to achieve them;
If you are sharing your workspace with others in the household talk about how you can all study effectively together;
Remember to take small breaks throughout the day and have a schedule lunch break. Ensure you get some fresh air during the day;
To avoid feeling isolating at home stay in regular contact with your tutor and other learners on your course.
Remaining safe in the centres
If you are required to attend one of our Covid-secure centres please ensure that you take responsibility for your safety and the safety of others. We continue to undertake a number of steps for your safety including:-
- Keeping 2m social distance while moving around the buildings
- One-way systems
- Hand Sanitiser stations
- Perspex screening
- Classrooms arranged in rows for side to side teaching to avoid face to face contact
- Staggered start and end times
- Centres ventilated
The Latest Government Guidance
The latest government advice and details on current restrictions can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus