COVID-19 Concerns

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The First Minister has confirmed a return to alert level 0 with effect from 28 January. This is positive news for our organisation, enabling us to increase the amount of face to face delivery taking place along with the number of staff working from AOC | ALW offices.

The Coronavirus Control Plan for Wales indicates that education settings should operate as normally as possible at alert level zero. We will of course continue to take a cautious and planned approach and request that all staff and learners continue to adhere to the established safety and hygiene procedures.

COVID-19 symptoms and self-isolation

A reminder that under no circumstances should learners, members or staff attend classes or the workplace if you have tested positive for COVID-19, or if you have any of the identified COVID-19 symptoms but have not yet had the opportunity to take a test.

The Welsh Government’s self-isolation guidance sets out the actions to be followed and the periods of isolation required for those with possible or confirmed cases of COVID-19, and their household members. Please note that the required period of self-isolation has now reduced to a minimum of 5 full days. To end isolation, 2 negative tests will be required on day 5 and 6.

Face coverings

Welsh Government has issued specific guidance indicating that the use of face coverings in schools, colleges and adult learning providers should continue at this time. As such, face coverings should be worn indoors by learners, staff and visitors (with the exception of those who are exempt) in all situations where 2 metre physical distancing cannot be maintained. Face coverings should be worn in all indoor public areas to which the public have or are permitted access (e.g. reception areas, facilities open to the general public).

Social distancing

At alert level zero, regulations no longer require organisations to take all reasonable measures to maintain two metre distancing between individuals. However, physical distancing is still highly effective as a measure to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. As such, we encourage all learners, members and staff to maintain social distancing from each other where reasonably possible, as any steps taken to minimise contact will help to limit transmission. For AOC | ALW classes, where there is room to configure the teaching space to maintain distancing, this is encouraged wherever possible.

Ventilation

Welsh Government has also re-emphasised the importance of maintaining good levels of ventilation in offices and classrooms. Replacing internal air with fresh air from outside remains a key requirement in the control of covid-19, as well as other viruses such as colds and Flu. Our staff members, and learners have worked incredibly hard in maintaining good ventilation through the winter, and we know it has not been easy. With restrictions slowly being lifted, and as we move ever closer to spring, we ask that you continue the excellent work in maintaining good ventilation across our classrooms and offices.

Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing

We continue to encourage as many staff and learners as possible to participate in the Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing programme. A supply of LFD test kits is available at each of our office venues. Staff wishing to participate in the scheme should contact Mary Morris, HR Manager, in the first instance. Learners can collect LFD tests from classes, from our agreed office venues or by completing a request form on our website to receive LFD tests via the post.

 

Guidance for Staff

To find out more regarding your employment with us, please read our Coronavirus FAQ below.

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Government advice links

The best place to find the latest answers to Covid-19 questions is the Public Health Wales, NHS, and UK Government websites. So for your easy reference, please see these links below:

PHW

NHS

UK Gov

 

nhs covid-19

Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough

Check the NHS website if you have symptoms

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