We wanted to give you an update as to how the latest government recommendations for COVID-19 will be implemented at the Academy.
First and foremost, our students and staff’s safety is our utmost priority. The Academy has been open and training students in the same hands on way for 10 out of the last 16 months. We have had no cases of covid-19 within the college throughout this time and we will continue to keep our learning environment a safe and fun place to study.
As a college, we have been following the guidance for education on use of face coverings since the 24th May, whereby students when walking around the building and social distancing are not required to wear a face covering. This will continue as the rest of the restrictions begin to ease.
Most of our other protocols will not change at all, and this includes:
- Temperature checks on entering the college
- COVID-19 declaration (no contact with infectious people or symptoms of covid-19)
- Face masks whilst working in close contact
- Regular hand washing & cleaning down of high touch areas
Following the latest government guidelines being released on the 19th July, students are no longer required to wear a visor when working in close contact. This is in recognition that PPE has an extremely limited role in providing extra protection. We are confident that this should not increase risk to our students as we are following the latest infection control protocols with an emphasis on ventilation and hand washing as well as continuing to wear a grade 2 surgical face mask when working in close contact.
Social distancing will also come to an end from the 19th July, however within the academy we will still be encouraging students to give each other space whilst we all get used to going back towards normality.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions about our protocols.
Below is a breakdown of our main infection prevention protocols.