Updated Thursday 25 February 2021
Following the latest UK government announcement, we are planning a phased return to campus, with some socially-distanced face-to-face teaching beginning w/c Monday 15 March. Students and staff have been notified directly and we will be updating these pages over the coming days with further information. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
We appreciate you may have some questions on the current situation and the impact this is having on our day-to-day activity. We hope the following FAQs can help provide answers.
For our latest public statement see: nscd.ac.uk/blog/coronavirus-covid-19-update/
Part of the government regulations for a safe return to campus is that we grant staff and students access to lateral flow testing. This will be coordinated with Leeds Beckett University, and students will be able to book tests through Moodle. Those wishing to opt-out will need to complete the ‘exemption’ form within Moodle, and under current regulations for creating a safe Covid environment, we may be required to ask those opting out to self-isolate for 10 days before entering the building.
The OfS has advised that travel for students returning to university is permitted. Once you arrive at your term-time address you should remain there until the end of term and not travel back and forth.
Students who are overseas should follow travel operator and UK border guidelines upon return to the UK, including isolation periods. In the meantime, all lessons will be made available online.
It is important that if you opt into the testing programme you should return to term-time accommodation by Sunday 7 March. If you have already communicated with staff about a later return to School than this, get in touch with us to manage your return and testing nearer the time.
If you believe you have any symptom of COVID-19 or have received a positive test result, do not come into school. Please report the incident using the form below:
You must self-isolate and book a test as soon as possible if you have any symptom of COVID-19 or have been asked to do so by NHS Track and Trace.
A local walk-in test centre is based in the Mandela Centre in Chapeltown.
Read further guidance and book a test here
You need to self-isolate in the following circumstances:
If someone shows coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms, that person and anyone living with the person should stay at home and not leave the house for at least 14 days.
It is really important that you don’t feel there is any stigma around getting the virus, nor does it help to dwell too much on how you may have got it. Let’s work together to be supportive of those who don’t feel well and help them to get better and recover in 14 days. For most students, symptoms will be mild and you will feel unwell and fatigued.
If you feel generally unwell you should not come into school.
Further guidance can be found on the NHS website
Staying at home as a means of stopping the virus from spreading is essential and that means that you should not go out for any reason. A few self-isolation tips:
If you have the NHS App and have put in the correct information, the follow up is pretty direct. If you have tested positive or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, there is a countdown on your phone which tells you how many days you must self-isolate.
Please communicate any information you receive on the app to the Covid team and they will update isolation records for you. The NHS Track and Trace team also contact you and talk you through what you should and shouldn’t do. They make it clear not to return to school until you have self-isolated for the number of days imposed official guidelines. The Covid team and student services will negotiate an agreed return date with you.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
In case you cannot use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service, call NHS 111.
For a medical emergency call 999.
If you need other help contact student services.
Taking care of your mental wellbeing is absolutely necessary during self-isolation. Apart from focusing on your physical health, make sure you take time to speak to friends or family online or through the phone, do things that make you happy such as watching movies, listening to music, online learning, or reading. If you have no symptoms or have symptoms but feel well enough and can join online learning, feel free to do so in isolation.
Have a plan for your 14-period – keep busy, rest too. Know that you are not alone and millions of others all over the world are doing this too.
There are a number of ways students can access mental health support at this present time:
Student Services remains fully staffed. Tutorial slots in the form of a phone call are offered each day and can be booked through Moodle. Students may also access support by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For learner support, students can contact Jane Perekrest via email or text to arrange a support session.
For injury support, students should contact Fabiano Culora, Bodywork Supervisor via Moodle.
We have set up the NSCD Coronavirus Hardship fund to support students who find themselves in financial difficulty during these unprecedented times. Whilst the fund is limited, you can continue to use the application form on Moodle to explain your circumstances if you feel you need additional support.
If you live in purpose-built student accommodation, contact the building manager, safety or security staff to let them know you are self-isolating and ask if they can provide any assistance.
If possible, use online delivery services but make sure delivery staff know you are self-isolating so they can leave provisions in a suitable place.
Leeds City Council has a new hotline for Leeds residents unable to leave their home for groceries and essentials, and who don’t have family or friends who can help. The number is 0113 378 1877.