Health & Safety
Keeping safe at Kirklees College
We are committed to high standards of health and safety throughout the Kirklees College campuses.
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:
- Choose to be kind and think of others
- Wash and sanitise hands regularly
- Give others space
- Have both doses of the vaccine
- 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
- There may be special requirements for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for some practical activities. The college will provide this when necessary
All Students should test at least twice weekly and send in results by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to this the college has:
- Access to both onsite and community testing
- Access to LFD Home Test Kits to allow all staff and students to test at home
- 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
- Adaptions to sites, including new access gates, Perspex screens, signage and sanitising stations
Covid Vaccinations for 16 and 17-Year-Olds
Following the recent recommendations from the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the local NHS has been working with partners to ensure all 16 and 17-year-olds can get vaccinated as quickly and as easily as possible.
Students can get their jab by visiting one of the walk-in services that are able to vaccinate 16 and 17-year-olds or wait to be contacted by their GP.
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 at all times within workshops and classrooms
- 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
- 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
- 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