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02-03-2020 by 


COVID 19 - Update - 19 March 2020

Following the Government's announcement yesterday evening regarding the closure of schools and providers of further education in England, we will be moving the majority of our learners from face to face teaching to remote learning from Monday March 23. All our learners will be released from delivery at 3pm today to allow our tutors time to prepare for this.

However, all London Skills for Growth sites will remain open over the coming weeks for specific groups of students, including those with EHCPs, as requested by the Government.

There is much detail to be worked through and we will be contacting these specific groups of learners tomorrow with further information about the provision that will be in place for them.

Although this will be a different way of working, London Skills for Growth is certainly not closed and staff will be on hand to ensure that all learners' learning opportunities can continue. Please bear with us during this challenging time, we will provide further updates as soon as we are able to.

London Skills for Growth is closely monitoring the coronavirus and regards the health and safety of its staff and students as its number one priority. The College remains open and we are following guidelines issued by the Department of Education and Public Health England.

Updated government guidance (17 March 2020)

  • Anyone with a ‘new, continuous’ cough or a high temperature of 37.8C or above is now advised to self-isolate for 7 days. 
  • If you live with someone who has symptoms or if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. 

Public Health England has released new guidance for those staying at home https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection because they have symptoms of the virus - a cough or a temperature of 37,8C (100F) or more or live with someone with symptoms. 

If you have any concerns about your health in relation to suspected novel coronavirus, please go to NHS 111 online and follow PHE advice.   

The government is advising that those who are at risk of severe illness from coronavirus should reduce their social contact. These groups are:

  • Those aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
  • Those under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (i.e. anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds)
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, emphysema or bronchitis
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure 
    • chronic kidney
    • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, a learning disability, multiple sclerosis, a learning disability or cerebral palsy
    • diabetes
    • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
    • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
    • being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
    • those who are pregnant

If you are learner who is pregnant and you have any concerns, get in touch with you Tutor/Assessor or call into 0208 221 0500. 


What is the coronavirus (COVID-19) and what are the symptoms?

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world.

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long term health conditions. 

What is the risk?

Public Health England has increased the national risk from moderate to high, but the risk to individuals remains low.

There is a greater risk of complications in people who have pre-existing long-term health conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

How can I protect myself and others from getting sick?

Information from the Department of Health about the virus and how to prevent and contain its spread can be found on the London South East Colleges website here

Always follow the government's prevention advice for the public:

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and warm running water for 20 seconds. Alternatively, clean them with alcohol-based sanitiser
  • Always wash your hands:
  • After coughing and sneezing
  • After caring for the sick
  • Before, during and after you prepare food
  • Before eating
  • After using the toilet
  • After handling animals or animal waste
  • When coughing and sneezing cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue – throw away the tissue immediately into a closed bin
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early (by calling 111 in the UK) and share your previous travel history with the person you speak to on the 111 National Health Service
  • As per good food safety practices, avoid eating raw or undercooked animal products. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with other foods.

What do I do if I have concerns about myself or fellow student?

  • If a student has concerns about another student or has travelled to one of the affected areas listed on the Foreign & Commonwealth website, they should email the Student Hub team by emailing StudentHub@LSFG.ac.uk who will pass on the information to their line manager.

I’ve recently returned from overseas travel. What should I do?

The latest advice from the government is that if you've travelled to the UK from the areas listed https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus, you should stay indoors, avoid contact with other people immediately and use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

What should I do if I need to self-isolate?

Self-isolation is about protecting others and stopping the spread of the virus. It is very important that anyone who has or might have been exposed to the virus limits the number of people they meet.

If you are advised to self-isolate you should follow the guidance from Public Health England on how to manage self-quarantine/home isolation:

  • Stay at home
  • Separate yourself from other people in your home
  • Call NHS 111. Do not visit your doctor/hospital unless NHS 111 advise you to do so
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands
  • Avoid sharing household items
  • Monitor your symptoms (or the person you are caring for, as appropriate)
  • Do not have visitors in your home.
  • Contact the student hub team by emailing StudentHub@LSFG.ac.uk who will pass the information on to the relevant member of staff and/or your tutor

You can find further guidance regarding self-isolation here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-self-isolation-for-patients-undergoing-testing/advice-sheet-home-isolation



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