Covid-19 – Student Guidance on attending Aspire Classes

Update April 2022:

Following the relaxation of Covid restrictions in the UK, it is no longer recommended that students wear Face Coverings in classrooms or communal areas. However Aspire Sussex respects students individual choice should they choose to continue to wear a face mask/covering.

1. Introduction

This guidance has been prepared to support students continuing, or returning to classroom based learning at Aspire main Centres or external venues. It outlines the steps that Aspire has taken, and will continue to take, in order to keep students safe whilst learning at Aspire.

It also outlines the precautions Aspire expects you to take when you are visiting one of our Centres or an external venue in order to keep you, your fellow students and Aspire staff safe.

Aspire will continue to base its Student Guidance on up-to-date government and public health guidance in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19), and all guidance is therefore subject to change.

2. Risk assessment

Steps Aspire Sussex has taken

Aspire has conducted a COVID-19 risk assessment, including individual risk assessments for each of its Centres. Through this assessment, we have identified measures that we believe it is essential for Aspire to take until further notice.

Steps expected of you
To read and follow this guidance document and to follow any guidance specific to the Centre or external venue in which your course is held.

3. Cleaning our Centres

Steps Aspire Sussex has taken
Aspire Sussex has taken steps to ensure that its Main Centres (Marle Place- Burgess Hill, Bognor Regis and Basepoint- Crawley) and external venues are cleaned appropriately. In addition, Aspire Sussex has provided sanitiser and wipes at each Centre listed above for students and staff to use.

4. Hygiene

Steps Aspire Sussex has taken
Aspire has purchased sanitiser and wipes for use by students, visitors and staff.

Steps expected of you

We ask all students to maintain high levels of hygiene whilst in Centres and external venues.

On arrival at a Centre, please apply hand-sanitising gel.

Regular hand washing, for at least 20 seconds each time, with warm soapy water is strongly encouraged as this is still considered the best method of preventing the spread of Covid-19. This is especially important before eating and after using the toilet.

Avoid touching your face and avoid sharing objects such as pens, calculators, staplers etc. as much as possible.

5. Social/Physical distancing

Steps Aspire Sussex has taken

In line with government guidance, social distancing is no longer required in a learning environment.

Aspire has arranged for informative guidance to be prominently displayed in the Centres.

Steps expected of you

Please arrive for your class no more than 10 minutes before the class start time.

Inside the Centre/external venue, please adhere to the mitigations that Aspire has put in place. It is important that you do this, for your own safety and the safety of others.

Please read the posters and other information displayed in Centres and ask staff at the Centres for clarification is you are unsure about anything.

Avoid unnecessary physical contact, for example hand shaking, with other students or staff.

6. Kitchens and Refreshments

The drinks preparation and vending machine areas are now available for use at our centres.

7. Continue to be mindful of the spread of Covid-19

Steps Aspire Sussex has taken
In addition to the steps outlined above, Aspire has taken the following steps to minimise the spread of Covid-19:

  • Offering on-line student assessments wherever possible
  • Offering a mix of on line and face to face courses.
  • Ensuring processes are in place to register the details of every person entering Aspire’s Centres.
  • Encouraging the opening of classroom windows to increase ventilation

Steps expected of you
The government have expanded the list of symptoms for COVID-19, flu and common respiratory infections to now include:

  • continuous cough
  • high temperature, fever or chills
  • loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
  • shortness of breath
  • unexplained tiredness, lack of energy
  • muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise
  • not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry
  • headache that is unusual or lasting longer than usual
  • sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
  • diarrhoea, feeling sick or being sick

If you have symptom of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19, and/or a high temperature or you feel unwell, please stay at home and avoid contact with other people, until you feel well enough to resume normal activities and you no longer have a high temperature.

Anyone who tests positive is advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for five days, which is when they are most infectious.

Online classes will not be affected