Coronavirus information for learners - Buckinghamshire Adult Learning

Coronavirus information for learners

All face-to-face and online courses in Term 3 are available to enrol via our website.

Following the latest government guidance, we’d like to inform you that we are able to start moving to face-to-face as well as online provision. All courses are now available to enrol via our website on the course page.

Please email adultlearningbucks@buckinghamshire.gov.uk with any queries.

From April, we will be following government guidelines to keep everyone safe:

  • Lateral Flow Testing will be available for all staff (office and tutors) and learners for term 3 to reduce transmission and increase safety for all. Tests are available for collection for you to do at home. This video explains how lateral flow tests work.
  • Safety measures in our Covid secure centres will be followed 100% of the time
  • Learners, tutors and staff will be required to wear face masks when in communal areas but not in classrooms.
  • Workbased Learning and Family Learning classes will be delivered 100% online
  • Initial assessments for Skills courses will continue online.

Classroom delivery and Covid-19 prevention

Watch our video to find out what we’ve done to make our classrooms safe for your learning:

Classroom Safety video

Wearing of Face Coverings

After reviewing the guidance given out for step 3 of the roadmap (17 May), we have decided to continue our current guidance for the use of facemasks. Learners, tutors and staff will be required to wear face masks when walking around our buildings in communal spaces. However when sat at desks or when a social distance can be maintained, masks can be removed. We will review again at stage 4 of the roadmap, which will be no earlier than Monday 21 June.

Although we are sure you are all well versed in mask wearing by now, here is a quick reminder from the World Health Organisation (WHO) who have produced a short, informative video demonstrating the safe wearing of a face-mask.   

How to wear a face mask

Exemptions to face coverings:

Some people will be exempt from wearing face coverings and we encourage you to be sympathetic of this.

Generally this applies to those who:

  • cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment or disability
  • speak to or provide assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate

Please do continue to be considerate to others and ensure that you do not attend classes if showing any symptoms of the virus or you have been knowingly in contact with anyone who has.

Socially distanced classes

All our classrooms have already been assessed to hold a maximum capacity of learners based on its size, and as we offer part-time learning provision and our learners are not together in social bubbles for majority of the week, we have maintained a two metre social distance for all staff and learners for maximum safety. As a result of this continual action all our class sizes are already small.

For more information about what you can and can’t do, visit this government FAQ page.

Please see below a few things to be aware of:

  • Sanitising stations – you will find stations in classrooms and in corridors of Adult Learning Centres with hand sanitiser dispensers and wipes to keep furniture regularly cleaned. Sanitisers will also be available in all of our community venues.
  • Class times have been staggered to manage footfall through the centres and doors will be closed. Tutors will open doors when the class is about to start so please arrive as close to the start time as possible, and sanitize your hands as you enter the building.
  • We have reduced some class sizes to ensure that there will be two metre social distancing in all classes. Reduced classroom capacities will be displayed on the doors of each classroom in our centres.
  • Furniture may look a little different, this is to help us keep space in classrooms.  As we are ensuring a two metre distance, you don’t need to wear a mask. (if you are accessing a community venue, please wear a mask just as you enter the premises, this can be taken off once you are in your classroom).
  • The drinks’ machines and coffee areas will be closed for the moment, please bring your own drink to have during your class. You may have a break during your session, however for the moment we ask that people remain in their classrooms.
  • Where possible we have reduced the number of handouts we distribute in class.
  • We are encouraging a “Catch-it, Bin-it, Kill-it” policy and tissues will be provided in all of our classrooms.

As this is a changing situation, there may be future amendments, please check our website for any updates. If you develop any signs or symptoms of CV-19 please keep yourself and others safe and stay at home.

Please see the information and Government advice below.

Information and advice – resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice 
Public Health Matters 
Public Health England 
NHS

Find out how to protect yourself or find out if you need medical help at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you are unsure you can seek further advice from the Department for Education’s dedicated helpline on 0800 046 8687 or Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk