As the whole country moves forward in the next few days and weeks and the media information ramps up about the effects of the worldwide pandemic, please rest assured that as before the safety of our learners and our staff is paramount.

At Oakley College we currently remain Covid free and are still in a low incidence area, but we are not at all complacent. We will be constantly scanning the mountain of information, advice, guidance and news that comes out from a vast range of sources and we will continue to follow Government, Public health England, the NHS and KCC advice.

We will keep handwashing, sanitising, extra cleaning of surfaces and hotspots and will keep our ventilation and social distancing as best as possible.

Please do the same at home and, crucially, if your young person displays any Covid-19 symptoms, do not send them into College. They need to stay at home until they have a negative Covid test result.

As you know, the key symptoms are:

  • a high temperature – this means the young person you feel hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure their temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means you or they have noticed they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms. If you or your young person has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.

Get a test to check if you have coronavirus on GOV.UK

The College remains fully open and we are committed to continuing to provide our invaluable education and service to all, but we also monitor the situation very closely in case we need to adapt in any way. We are already prepared for our students to continue their learning from home if necessary.

This is the most unsettling of times for everyone and I appreciate the stresses and possible anxiety that comes with the current situation. If you have any concerns please talk to us directly.

Thank you for your continued support.

Stay safe, stay well

Gordon Tillman