We recognise that the current health situation regarding COVID-19 is a main cause of worry. We would like to assure you that the health and wellbeing of our students, colleagues and visitors is the top priority for DAL. Therefore, we are monitoring the situation closely and following guidance provided by the following Authorities:
- World Health Organisation
- UK Government Guidance for Educational Settings
- Public Health England
- NHS guidance
Key points on our plans and actions will be updated and communicated on our webpage, following guidance from above authorities. More information about the Government’s overall action plan to manage COVID-19 in the UK can be found in this link.
Key Points and Health Actions for All Students, Colleagues and Visitors of DAL:
- Our building and facilities:There will be some changes in our operating arrangements such as increased remote working for members of staff, however, our building will be open at certain intervals for the time being which we will communicate the details with you.
- If you have any concerns or queries, please contact us immediately on [email protected]
- If you have travelled from an affected area in the past 14 days, please ensure that you follow the step by step guidance provided by the NHS.
- If you are feeling unwell with flu like symptoms, contact 111 immediately.
- Students: If you have been given guidance to self-isolate please inform us immediately on [email protected] and provide as much detail as possible so that we can monitor your condition and provide academic support and advice. You should also contact your lecturer/s to discuss the impact of any absence as a result of COVID-19 on your studies. We will put arrangements in place to continue your studies remotely during the period you are required to self-isolate or stay at home to care for others. Students are required to attend or submit for assessment in the usual way, unless they are unwell or isolating on medical advice – in which case, mitigating circumstances policy would apply. You will not be penalised for non-attendance.
Our Academy is moving to online teaching and assessment from Monday 23 March 2020. This decision has been taken to allow students to continue their studies remotely. Please click Online Learning Arrangements to find out more.
- Staff: If you have been given guidance to self-isolate please email [email protected] immediately and provide as much detail as possible so that we can monitor your condition and provide HR support and advise handling the information as confidential sensitive personal data. We will put arrangements in place so that you can continue with your work as appropriately during the period you are required to self-isolate or stay at home to care for others.
- If you have been advised to self-isolate, you should not travel in the public or come to the Academy. Please follow the Advice for home isolation guidance on GOV.UK.
- If you are planning to travel abroad, please follow Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) guidance
- We continue to monitor the situation carefully for planned trips in our social calendar. They are currently on hold.
- If you need advice on how my visa or immigration status might be affected by these issues, you may find it helpful to refer to the immigration guidance on GOV.UK
- Our Academy does not have any activities scheduled that require travel outside of the UK. Therefore, none of the Academy colleagues or students should feel obliged to travel internationally for Academy-related reasons.
You can reduce the risk of passing and receiving infections by practising good personal hygiene to protect against infection:
- Wash your hands regularly: The NHS advice remains for everyone to wash their hands thoroughly and often, to always carry tissues and to discard these immediately after use. Please wash your hands as soon as you enter the Academy building.
- Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the most effective means of keeping hands clean. As long as hands are washed correctly, then either paper towels or hand driers can be used to dry hands. Avoid touching your face.
- Hand sanitiser has been provided at points of entry to our buildings.
- You might also find it helpful to watch this BBC video on how to wash your hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and dispose of any used tissues in the bin and wash your hands afterwards.
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- All students, colleagues and visitors are advised to follow official guidance from Public Health England.
If a member of Docklands Academy London community tests positive for COVID-19
- DAL will be contacted by Public Health England (PHE) if a student or colleague has a confirmed diagnosis of Coronavirus. In conjunction with DAL, PHE would identify people who have been in contact with the person and advise on any actions or precautions that should be taken.
- A risk assessment of each setting will be undertaken in conjunction with PHE, who would lead on any advice to be provided to DAL community and public.
- PHE would also be in contact with the person directly to advise on isolation and identifying other contacts and will be in touch with any contacts of the person to provide them with appropriate advice.
- We will issue a statement on our webpage to colleagues, students and other members of DAL community. The identity of the person affected will not be released.
If you have a question about actions required for specific situations, please direct these as follows:
Student Related Issues: [email protected]
All other issues: [email protected]
Many thanks for your help, support and co-operation at this difficult period for DAL community.
Canan E. Celik
Principal / CEO
Docklands Academy London