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Coronavirus Info

Information for Students and Staff

(last updated October 2020)

Our priority is the health, safety and well-being of our staff, students and visitors.

Watch our short video to find out what measures have been put in place to keep everyone safe when on-campus.

Covid-19 Safety Video

Latest Restrictions

  • The Northern Ireland ‘Circuit Breaker’ Lockdown has been extended. Learning will continue via remote delivery where possible. Where this is not possible, face-to-face delivery will continue on campus. 
  • Timetables and teaching mode (online/on campus) used for the last two weeks will continue until 20 November.
  • If there are any changes to your timetable or teaching format your course coordinator will contact you.
  • Please regularly check your college e-mail for confirmation of arrangements.
  • If you need personal health advice specifically in relation to COVID-19 (coronavirus), you should call NHS 111 or download the COVIDcare app, this app is a coronavirus symptom checker and an information hub specific to N.Ireland. 
  • Continue to refer to our website and the latest official advice and guidance from the Public Health Agency and other statutory bodies. Further communication about returning to campus will be distributed in due course under the advice and guidance of the Northern Ireland Executive. 
  • Support is available to all students and staff via the ‘Inspire Students 24/7 Helpline’ on 0800 389 5362 and ‘Lifeline 24/7 Helpline’ on 0808 808 8000. 
  • For those students on campus, remember to practice social distancing, sanitise and wear a face covering at all times when on campus.  

Thank-you as always for your continued support during these very challenging times. .

Covid‑19 Guidance

The College has produced guidance for both staff and students outlining the actions to take to help prevent the spread of Covid‑19.

Reporting Forms

If you have any Covid‑19 symptoms do not come into College. Please use the absence form to notify the College.

If you have been absent from College due to Covid‑19 you must complete the Covid‑19 Return to Campus form before returning to College.

Student Support student.support@nrc.ac.uk
Admissions admissions@nrc.ac.uk
Canvas CILT@nrc.ac.uk
Careers careers@nrc.ac.uk
Counselling support@inspirewellbeing.org
Education Support educationsupport@nrc.ac.uk
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  Newtownabbey: na.exams@nrc.ac.uk
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HR hr@nrc.ac.uk
IT Support servicedesk@nrc.ac.uk
Library nrc.library@nrc.ac.uk
Safeguarding safe@nrc.ac.uk
Student Finance StudentFinance@nrc.ac.uk
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The Clinic 028 7034 6028 or https://sh24.org.uk/

Here is guidance for staff on the Covid-19 safety measures based on the Framework for Safe Resumption of On-site Educational Provision and Related Activity issued by the Department for the Economy.

Prior to returning on-campus all staff must:

  1. Complete the Covid-19 Practical Online Training Module and ResilienceTraining.
  2. Complete the Health Declaration Form.
  3. Read carefully and comply with the guidelines on Canvas.

We would also encourage you to download the contact-tracing smartphone app – Stop COVID NI mobile App.

All staff, students and visitors will be required to wear a face covering whilst in corridors and other communal spaces.

Below are some of the controls introduced by the College to help prevent the spread of Covid-19:

Campus

  • Social distancing markers – 2 metres.
  • Reduced interaction through zoning of buildings.
  • Screens and barriers.
  • Hand sanitising stations/sanitiser wipes provided to wipe down work area and equipment used before and after class.
  • Enhanced cleaning of touch points.
  • Queue control – limited access to areas.
  • Specific seat arrangements in offices to ensure safe working distances.
  • Meeting and shared spaces – large gatherings prohibited - reduce capacity of spaces.

Catering and Social Spaces

  • Staggered lunch-times.
  • Designated zone areas to allow catering and cleaning resources to manage peak times.
  • Staff and students encouraged to bring food and beverage items from home.

Learning

  • Numbers allowed in teaching areas restricted to allow social distancing.
  • Clean and wipe down workstations and equipment before starting and finishing classes.
  • PPE in teaching environments will be in line with guidance available at the time.
  • Online, blended and face-to-face learning.
  • Access to workstations and classrooms based on curriculum need.
  • Contact tracing – e-registers must be marked within the first 15 minutes of every class.

Safety Champions

  • Each campus will have a dedicated safety champion to help you stay safe and adhere to the guidelines.

Student Life

  • Online and on-campus services including student support, library, student finance, education support and careers.
  • Online induction.

Working from Home

  • To help reduce the number of persons onsite, some staff who are not in student facing roles will still work from home. Advice on working from home is available and further resources on online learning are available on Canvas.
  • See guidance for maintaining data protection security whilst working from home.
  • It’s important to check in with your manager at least once a day; remain connected by keeping communication lines open.
  • If you encounter problems with your IT, you should email the Service Desk at servicedesk@nrc.ac.uk

Reporting Forms

Should you have any queries please email marketing@nrc.ac.uk.

Our priorities are to save lives, to protect student achievement, and to ensure that you can return to College as safely as possible.

Student Guidance

This Student Guide is designed to provide you with important information returning to college following the Covid-19 pandemic. This guide will be referred to along with the ‘Positive Behaviour Policy: Covid19 Addendum’ during your College induction.

In order to comply with the Public Health Authority, students are expected to act in a responsible manner at all times, which will include (but not limited to) the following instructions:

  • Do not attend college if you have any symptoms of Covid-19, or ill health no matter how mild,

Or/and if

  • You suspect that you may be contagious,

Or/and if

  • You have had recent contact with someone who has been confirmed as having contracted Covid-19

Who should be on site?

  • Only students that have been contacted by a member of college staff and are timetabled to be in a lesson or who are booked into an LRC for a study session, should attend college.
  • Designated Curriculum Area Managers on site will have a list of those courses where students are expected to attend.
  • Students who turn up to college and have not been asked to do so will be sent home.

How should I travel to college?

  • If possible, travel by foot, by bike or car.
  • If you have no alternative but to use public transport, please ensure you follow PHA and Translink guidance on the use of face coverings.

When on college premises

  • Please ensure that you are wearing your college ID badge when on site and that it is available for showing to a member of staff when asked.
  • Upon arrival on site, students are requested to follow the signage to car parking and park in allocated spaces only.
  • Comply with social distancing guidance in and around College.
  • Wear a face covering in corridors and other indoor public areas.
  • All students are required upon arrival on site to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Regular hand washing and use of hand sanitiser is promoted across College.
  • Use tissues if needed – Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.
  • Bring bottled water from home; canteen and vending facilities will be limited.
  • Students are required to adhere to all College signage.
  • Bring with you all the equipment you require for class i.e. pens, pencils, paper, rulers etc. You will not be permitted to share this equipment.
  • Wait outside class rooms until asked to enter by your lecturer. Ensure that you maintain social distancing while doing so.
  • Follow any designated one-way systems, e.g. on the stairs, and all floor markings around the college.
  • Follow all instructions given to you by any member of staff. Failure to do so may lead to disciplinary sanctions.
  • You are not permitted to smoke or use e-cigarettes on any part of the campus grounds.

What should I do if I have concerns?

  • If you feel worried or anxious at any time talk to your lecturer in the first instance, or any member of the Student Services or Estates Team
  • If you see someone not adhering to the social distancing rules, report this in confidence to your lecturer or any member of College staff

What about PPE

  • All staff, students and visitors will be required to wear a face covering whilst in corridors and other communal spaces.
  • The PHA advice on face coverings requires them to be worn if 2m social distancing cannot be maintained. If this is the case in College, you will be told of this and provided with an appropriate face covering as well as other required PPE. Any student is entitled to wear a face covering if they wish and all students will be supported in their personal circumstances.
  • Staff in the College may be wearing face coverings, PPE and/or visors, due to the social distancing with designated students and staff members.
  • The College will monitor all PHA advice and amend our procedures and advice accordingly.

End of timetabled classes

  • Once your timetabled classes have finished, the expectation is that you leave the college premises and return home.
  • Loitering in the corridor, canteen, or social areas is not permitted.
  • Personal study can be facilitated in the campus libraries by appointment only

Reporting Forms

  • If you have any Covid-19 symptoms do not come into College.  Please use the absence form to notify the College. 
  • If you have been absent from College due to Covid-19 you must complete the Covid Return form before returning to College. 

Below are some of the controls introduced by the College to help prevent the spread of Covid-19:

Campus

  • Social distancing markers – 2 metres.
  • Reduced interaction through zoning of buildings.
  • Screens and barriers.
  • Hand sanitising stations/sanitiser wipes provided to wipe down work area and equipment used before and after class.
  • Enhanced cleaning of touch points.
  • Queue control – limited access to areas.
  • Specific seat arrangements in offices to ensure safe working distances.
  • Meeting and shared spaces – large gatherings prohibited - reduce capacity of spaces.

Catering and Social Spaces

  • Staggered lunch-times.
  • Designated zone areas to allow catering and cleaning resources to manage peak times.
  • Staff and students encouraged to bring food and beverage items from home.

Learning

  • Numbers allowed in teaching areas restricted to allow social distancing.
  • Clean and wipe down workstations and equipment before starting and finishing classes.
  • PPE in teaching environments will be in line with guidance available at the time.
  • Online, blended and face-to-face learning.
  • Access to workstations and classrooms based on curriculum need.
  • Contact tracing – e-registers must be marked within the first 15 minutes of every class.

Safety Champions

  • Each campus will have a dedicated safety champion to help you stay safe and adhere to the guidelines.

Student Life

  • Online and on-campus services including student support, library, student finance, education support and careers.
  • Online induction.

1. Do I have to wear a face covering?

You will be required to wear a face covering in communal and corridor areas or in a space where you cannot maintain a 2 metre social distance.

2. I’ve been in contact with someone who has Covid-19 symptoms.

If you have been in contact with someone who was unwell with symptoms you can still attend College if you have NOT developed symptoms.

3. I have been in contact with someone who hasn't quarantined after returning from one of the countries on the quarantine list - do I need to self-isolate?

No, if you develop symptoms then advice given in question 5 must be followed.

4. I live with someone who has symptoms.

You will need to stay at home and self-isolate. If the person with symptoms tests positive for Covid-19, everyone in the household without symptons will need to self-isolate. See Public Health Agency guidance - What should I do if I think I have COVID-19? for further details.

5. I am displaying Covid-19 symptoms.

If you are displaying Covid-19 symptoms do not come into College. You must inform the College by contacting your course co-ordinator/line manager and stay at home. Please follow the Public Health Agency guidance. If you test positive please refer to question 9 for details.

6. I’m in College and have Covid-19 symptoms.

If you become unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature/fever or loss or change in normal sense of smell/taste in College you must inform your lecturer/line manager immediately. For students, your lecturer should then make arrangements to have you sent home immediately by contacting your parent/guardian. An isolation room is also available for the student to wait until they are collected.

7. I’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

If you have been in close contact with, but do not live with, you must follow the government guidance. You must continue to come to College unless you are displaying the symptoms or advised otherwise by the PHA.

8. I live with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Please inform the College by contacting your course co-ordinator/line manager.  You must stay at home and isolate.  See Public Health Agency guidance for further details on how long household members will be required to isolate.

9. I have tested positive for Covid-19, what do I do?

Please notify the College by contacting your course co-ordinator/line manager. Follow advice given to you by the Contact and Trace team.

10. I have been tested for Covid-19 but the result has come back unclear. Can I return to College?

No, you must have a re-test. You should continue to self-isolate until you receive a negative test result.

11. A student/lecturer in my class has gone home with Covid-19 symptoms.

Unless you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms or advised otherwise by the Public Health Agency you should continue to come to College. If the individual tests positive for Covid-19 please refer to question 12 for details.

12. A student/lecturer in my class has tested positive for Covid-19.

If the individual subsequently tests positive for COVID-19, the PHA will identify the individual’s ‘high risk’ contacts, including those from the provider’s premises and contact them directly.

The PHA has advised that there is no need to undertake any specific cleaning of any other areas of the provider premises, or to send the rest of the class or other individuals home, as providers’ normal cleaning measures and hand hygiene protocols should protect the other staff and learners.

The PHA will rely primarily on the individual who has tested positive to provide relevant information about their high risk contacts both within and outside the provider setting. Therefore providers should not have a big role to play in the contact tracing process. However, it would be helpful for providers to maintain accurate attendance records, rotas, visitors and delivery logs in case that information is required by the PHA, or by the individual who has tested positive so that they can provide it to the PHA.

The PHA will be responsible for contacting the high risk contacts of the person who has tested positive. The PHA may, in certain circumstances, ask the providers to assist by providing contact details and/or by informing the relevant high risk contact to expect a call from the PHA.

Should you have any queries please email marketing@nrc.ac.uk.