Health & Safety

Keeping safe at Kirklees College

Although this academic year will be different, Kirklees College’s commitment to helping its students to succeed in their studies remains the same.

Kirklees College recognises its duty of care to the KC Community during these unprecedented times and responsibility for providing a safe environment for its staff and students.

The college has put in place new rules in line with the latest Government guidelines to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone attending college sites.

All the important updates about the latest coronavirus developments at Kirklees College can also be found on the dedicated COVID-19 Updates page here: https://www.kirkleescollege.ac.uk/covid19/

Guidelines students must follow when attending college:

  • Maintain one metre + distance in classrooms and two metres in social spaces
  • Keep to designated traffic routes – keep left and use UP or DOWN staircases
  • Wash and sanitise hands regularly
  • Only attend college when you have a class timetabled on college premises
  • Inform staff if you are feeling unwell with COVID-19 symptoms whilst attending college
  • Do not attend college if you or your family member(s) are displaying COVID-19 symptoms. Inform your tutors straight away and self-isolate following Government guidelines
  • Wear a face covering whilst moving around college and when using public transport
  • There may be special requirements for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for some practical activities. The college will provide this when necessary

In addition to this the college has:

  • Completed COVID-Secure risk assessments for all sites, as well as risk assessments for specific practical activities
  • Increased cleaning across all sites, with new daily routines and additional sanitising supplies available
  • Reorganised classrooms to ensure social distancing is maintained
  • Adaptions to sites, including new access gates, Perspex screens, signage and sanitising stations

Classroom rules

New classroom rules have been introduced to ensure the teaching environment is safe for students and staff.

The below guidelines must be followed when in class:

  • Always keep a two-metre distance from your tutor
  • Wear a face covering when directed to do so by your tutor/other staff
  • Avoid face to face contact with other students by sitting back to back or facing forwards towards the front of the classroom
  • Observe the seating plan and sit in your allocated seat every lesson
  • Face coverings can be worn by students in classroom where two-metre distancing is not possible
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
  • Use hand sanitiser regularly
  • Wipe your desk and any equipment before and after use
  • Ensure you are wearing a face covering when entering or leaving your classroom, moving round college and entering communal areas
  • Follow one-way systems around college and adhere to all advisory signage and instructions at all times

Arrangements for breaks and lunchtimes:

  • Staggered start, finish and break times to avoid congestion
  • Timetables planned to minimise the amount of time students need to be on-site
  • Amended opening hours and reduced food and drinks offer to ensure a fast, efficient service and reduce large queues. Students will be offered a cold packed lunch with a choice of sandwich, drink, crisps and fruit for the initial reopening of the service
  • Card payments only. Students on a bursary will have their money transferred into their bank account. For students who have not got a bursary, the college will work with them to find a solution

Travelling to college:

  • It is mandatory to wear face coverings on public transport. If students are using public transport, it is recommended they check train and bus timetables as these are subject to change and operating with reduced capacity
  • Cycle or walk into college where possible
  • Students travelling by car should not share lifts with others from outside their family group

Study programmes:

  • All courses will be a combination of online (at home) and on-site (in college) teaching
  • All practical sessions and other course elements (English and Maths, work experience, tutorials, etc.) will be able to be completed
  • Support services will continue to be available on-site, online and over the phone
Our Keeping Safe at Kirklees video will walk you through the new processes in place at our Huddersfield Centre.