Coronavirus information for learners - Buckinghamshire Adult Learning

Coronavirus information for learners

Covid-19 Safety Measures

Following the changing Government guidance and to ensure we keep everyone safe, we are continuing with the following safety measures for all when in our centres.

Face coverings:

  • Encouraged to be worn by everyone (unless exempt) when entering buildings, walking around, in communal areas and in classrooms and workshops.
  • This guidance does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise, so for fitness classes masks can be optionally removed.
  • Teachers are not ordinarily expected to wear a face covering whilst teaching learners if they are at the front of the class, to support education delivery. Although this remains a decision of individual teachers, with masks or clear visors available to be worn if preferred. We do encourage all teaching, where possible, to be from the front of class, with masks worn by all when in close contact with others or facilitating group work.


  • If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, please do not come into our centres but follow NHS guidance. Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate and the law states that you must self-isolate for 10 days. However as from Monday 17 January, the Government’s self-isolation rules for people has changed, to reduce the isolation period enabling staff/ learners who are not infectious to return to work/ class.
    • Staff/ learners now have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they do not have a temperature, but only if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6. They must test negative on the morning of day 5 (after positive LFT) and the morning of day 6 with test results reported to NHS Test and Trace. If this process is followed they can return to work or classes immediately on day 6.
    • Staff and learners who still test positive on day 5 or 6 can continue doing daily LFDs and may stop isolating after Day 10 or after getting two consecutive daily tests, whichever happens sooner.
    • Anyone who still has a temperature at the end of 10 days should seek medical advice before coming out of isolation. Some residual post-viral symptoms after 10 days, such as a continuing cough or alterations to the sense of taste/smell, are relatively common and do not indicate that someone is still infectious.

Close contacts
(Those identified as being in contact with anyone within 48 hours prior of a positive test result: i.e. within 1 metre for 1 minutes/ 2 metres for 15 minutes)

• Fully vaccinated individuals who are identified as contacts of someone with COVID-19 should take daily rapid lateral flow tests for 7 days but are not legally required to self-isolate.

• Unvaccinated contacts are legally required to self-isolate for the full 10-day period.

Continual use of current Covid-19 measures


  • Good hygiene – covering your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze, more regular washing of hands/ use of hand sanitiser, use of anti-bacterial wipes to wipe down work areas between use and increased centre cleaning.
  • Ventilation – windows need to be slightly opened to allow air to circulate at all times when classrooms/offices are in use, with a regular refresh to purge areas of stale air. We appreciate it is currently cold, but it is vital to continue doing this. We strongly advise the wearing of additional layers to compensate for the colder environment.
  • Social distancing – although restrictions are not in place, we encourage you where possible, to use as much space as you can and try to spread out and maintain a distance from everyone when sitting; this applies in all spaces (offices/centres/ classrooms).
  • Vaccination – follow NHS guidance to engage where possible in the national vaccination programme, including boosters.
  • Lateral flow testing/rapid testing – kits are available for all BAL staff and learners to pick up from any of our centres. Testing does remain optional, but it is such an important tool to keep everyone safe, even when you have been vaccinated, so we urge all staff, tutors, learners and their families to test themselves twice weekly to identify asymptomatic infection and reduce the risk of transmission. It is very important to continue this when not in class or working too.

Please email with any queries.

Please see the information and Government advice below.

Information and advice – resources

New temporary COVID-19 measures (inc post 16) – The Education Hub (
Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice 
Public Health Matters 
Public Health England 

Find out how to protect yourself or find out if you need medical help at

If you are unsure you can seek further advice from the Department for Education’s dedicated helpline on 0800 046 8687 or Email:

Covid prevention