Inclusive Learning COVID-19 ‘bubble’ update

September 17, 2020
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We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the Inclusive Learning School of Milton Keynes College.

The positive case is a member of our Inclusive Learning management team and whilst the risk of exposure to students is very minimal, in line with Public Health England guidance, and with our own safety-first approach to the pandemic, we are advising all members of our Inclusive Learning bubble to self-isolate until Thursday 24th September 2020 as this will represent 14 days from the point the member of our team was last in College.

All impacted staff and students have been notified this afternoon, however, if you have any specific concerns please email covid19.student@mkcollege.ac.uk 

Milton Keynes College has taken a safety-first approach to students returning to college, with additional cleaning, masks in communal areas, and social distancing promoted throughout our campuses. In addition, we are working hard to develop a mixture of on-campus and virtual learning, allowing us to keep students in bubbles to ensure that any positive coronavirus cases are limited to a particular subject school rather than the whole college.

We look forward to welcoming our inclusive learning students back to our campuses as soon as the period of self-isolation is complete.

Please note that for all other college students, not in the inclusive learning school, timetables will continue as normal.

A reminder of key government guidance is available below:

What to do if you develop symptoms of COVID-19
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when your symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via the NHS test booking website or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Please see the PHE ‘Stay at Home’ Guidance here

Symptoms of COVID-19
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are the recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at the NHS website or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19.

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information
Further information is available at NHS: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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