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Coronavirus Updates


As part of our response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, this page has been created to provide the College community with the most up-to-date information about our operating status and guidance on the illness. Please check back regularly for updates.
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Current Status: The College is open with a reduced provision across the summer, and our enterprises are closed to the public. (Updated 24.07.20)

A message from our Principal Tracey Forman:

"It has been a particularly unusual time for us all. Coronavirus guidance from the Government is being updated daily, meaning College plans are constantly being revised in the best interest of our students, residents and staff. I hope you are all coping during this challenging period and handling the new measures for social distancing well.

Whilst social distancing makes it difficult for some students to attend College, we are operating a 'Homefield from Home' provision making sure there are learning resources available and developing an online platform. We are working with families to provide the best possible learning in their homes and keeping in regular contact. We will be checking in with students on a regular basis to see if they need our support and access to on-site provision, dependent on transport, staffing levels and risk assessments.

Our residents are all keeping well, and we have plans in place if anyone is to become sick. We have adequate supplies of food and household essentials so are not struggling to provide. There have been some revised living arrangements and all residents are settling in to their new routines focused on keeping busy both indoors and in the garden during this nice weather.

Many of our staff are working remotely, the rest are designated key-workers who are still coming into College daily to support our residents and remaining students. I would personally like to thank each and every staff member for their contribution and support, to make plans, change plans and then pull together to enact them. Staff have gone above and beyond in this ever-changing situation, and Homefield is all the stronger for it.

I will do all that is possible to ensure that despite the uncertainty, we are working together to provide support for all students, residents and staff, and to keep the College running as smoothly as possible.

Stay safe."
(Statement 27.03.20) 

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How can I contact the College during this period?

You can email contactus@homefieldcollege.ac.uk and a member of our Admin team will respond to you as soon as possible. You can also call Reception on 01509 815696. 

Please get in touch with us if your care needs change unexpectedly or if guardians are called to duty as key workers in the future, so that we can offer assistance and emergency placements if appropriate.
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What is the College doing about coronavirus?

We are acting on advice from sources including Public Health England, the NHS, World Health Organisation and the local authority. We are taking proactive steps to contact our students and staff to ensure that everyone has access to the latest advice. We are monitoring the coronavirus situation closely and have made plans to act quickly as and when the situation changes. We will regularly update this page with any new developments.

How is the College protecting and safeguarding the students who are still attending in person? 

Students are individually risk-assessed to ensure we can provide for them safely at College during this time. Staff are adhering to the 2 metres distancing as much as possible, and using PPE as necessary when administering personal care and medication.

We are following the Government guidance for safeguarding. If you have a safeguarding concern, please contact Reception who will put you in touch with our Safeguarding Officers. The College's Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Principal Tracey Forman.


What will happen if there is a suspected case of coronavirus at College?

If a student or staff member becomes unwell at College and we expect they may have been exposed to the coronavirus, we will call NHS 111, alert senior management and contact the student or staff member's emergency contact. Once the virus has been confirmed, we will then work with Public Health England to assess the situation, deep clean the College and decide on next steps.
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About the virus

The respiratory illness COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. It has since spread to over 120 countries and territories, including the UK.

What we know so far is that the incubation period is between 2-14 days after coming into contact with someone who has the illness. Symptoms to look out for in those 14 days are a cough, difficulty breathing and a fever - if you are concerned you may have the virus with these symptoms, please call NHS 111 or your doctor's surgery for a telephone consult rather than visiting in person. The most likely way the virus is spread through droplets in coughs and sneezes, and can last on surfaces and objects.  


Preventing the Spread of Germs

Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly or at least 20 seconds, making sure you clean between your fingers and under your nails - always wash your hands after being to the toilet, before eating or preparing food, and after being on public transport.  

Use tissues when coughing or sneezing and then put them in the bin. If tissues are not at hand, cough or sneeze into the corner of your arm.  

Avoid shaking hands with people, especially those who appear to be ill.  

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible.  

Disinfect shared surfaces and touch areas such as door handles. 


Self-Isolation

If you have recently returned from a Category 1 area, please do not come to College until the incubation period has passed, and call NHS 111 to inform of your recent travels.

If you have recently returned from a Category 2 area, you do not need to undertake any specific measures but if you develop symptoms please self-isolate and call NHS 111.
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Helpful Resources

Guidance: What parents and carers need to know about schools and education during the coronavirus outbreak
Government response to coronavirus 
World Health Organisation updates
Advice on travelling
Video on hand-washing 
Advice on self-isolation
Support if worried about coronavirus

How to Support People with Learning Disabilities during COVID-19


Helpful Resources for People with Learning Disabilities

Easy-read Guides

Information about Coronavirus - Mencap
About Coronavirus – Down’s Syndrome Association
Washing your Hands
How to Wash your Hands – Inclusion Ireland

Social distancing 

Social Stories

Coronavirus
My Name is Coronavirus


Videos

The hand-washing rap

Posters

Coronavirus and Health Issues
How to Stay Safe
Coronavirus: Please don’t spread it
You Must Stay at Home 


Other Resources

Health Passport
How-to guide: Staying safe from germs
Wordless story: Beating the Virus
Wordless story: Good Days and Bad Days during Lockdown

Advice for staying at home - Public Health England


Risk Assessment

Staff Risk Assessment during COVID-19 pandemic.

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217 Loughborough Road
Mountsorrel
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LE12 7AR
Tel: 01509 814827 / 815696
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