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Covid-19 Safety

In line with the Government's latest guidance regarding coronavirus, Selby College is working online and all learning will be carried out remotely. Please visit our coronavirus page for more information.

Top Ten Safety Tips

The College has put together a video explaining its Top Ten Safety Actions to ensure a safe return of all staff and students, which can be found below.

Top Ten Safety Tips

Principal and CEO of Selby College Phil Sayles, provides the College's Top Ten Safety Actions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in this video:

Regularly asked questions regarding Covid-19 and when to self-isolate:

Q: If I have symptoms or have tested positive for Covid-19 who do I report it to at College?

A: Call the College on (01757) 211000 between the hours of 8.15am and 5.00pm. Alternatively email on or notify the College via the enotify app.

Q: I have had a test but not got the results back yet, do I need to stay away from College?

A: Yes, if you have had symptoms and had a test you should not come back to College until you have had your results back. If the results are negative you can come back straight away. If the results are positive you should self-isolate for 10 days from when you received your results.

Q: I've got asthma and struggle when I have to wear a face mask – am I ok not to wear one when I am at College?

A: For anyone who has a medical reason for not being able to wear a mask, you should collect an exemption form from reception, complete it and return. Reception will send it to the relevant support team and then inform the student of the outcome. If the reason is acceptable the student will be issued with a pin badge to identify them as someone who does not need to wear a face covering. You should attach this to your lanyard.

Q: I am anxious about coming in to College as I don’t want to be around so many people, am I able to study from home?

A: We encourage all students to attend College when they are scheduled to do so, as we are not able to conduct individual online lessons. However, going forward it is likely that some lessons will be online for some classes. If you need to speak to someone about your anxieties please contact your Guidance Support Tutor (GST) in the first instance.

Q: If you have confirmed covid cases at the College, will the College close?

A: We are continually monitoring the situation and are regularly in touch with Public Health England. It is highly unlikely that the whole College will close if we get a few cases as we will just isolate those particular classes. We will keep everyone informed of any changes and will take any precautions necessary.

Q: If the College closes how will you let me know?

A: For any major announcements we use a variety of methods – the website, our social media channels (Twitter and Facebook) and we usually either email or text students too.

Q: How will I find out if there is a positive covid case in my class?

A: We have a response team within the College so that when we are notified of a suspected case we notify all of the relevant people who have been in close contact. Please be assured that if we are made aware of anyone in your class being suspected of having coronavirus, we will notify you as soon as possible with an official letter that also signposts you to areas of support and advice.

Q: Do we have to bring in our own food and drinks?

A: You can bring in your own food and drinks but we do have a new catering supplier in our refectory, who is offering some great food from 8.30am to 1.30pm. There are designated areas in the College for eating and drinking.

Q: What do I need to do if I start feeling unwell whilst I am at College?

A: If you have one or more of the 3 main symptoms of Covid 19 (high temperature, new continuous cough or loss of taste or smell) then you should advise your tutor or a member of staff who will escort you to our Isolation room. Following this, you should make arrangements to go home as soon as possible (not by public transport).

Q: If there is a local lockdown will the College close?

A: It is unlikely that the College will close in the event of a local lockdown but we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the latest government guidance.

Q: If I have to self-isolate how will I keep up with my course?

A: When the College is made aware of you having to self-isolate, your course tutor or GST will be in touch to ensure you are able to keep up with your studies. We use Google classroom for our remote and digital learning to ensure you can keep up with your class.

Q: If I have to self-isolate how will I do my practical lessons?

A: Once you have finished your self-isolation and are back at College, your course tutor will ensure you catch up on any practical work missed.

Q: Do I need to social distance and wear a mask on the bus to College?

A: You have to wear a mask on the College mini-bus and on the Arriva buses (unless you have a declared medical reason for not doing so). On the College mini-bus and on dedicated College bus services you do not need to socially distance, but on public transport you do. We expect our students to act in a sensible manner on all transport showing courtesy to others.

Q: I don’t feel comfortable getting on a crowded bus so can I study from home?

A: We encourage all students to attend College when they are scheduled to do so, as we are not able to conduct individual online lessons. However, going forward it is likely that some lessons will be online for some classes. If you need to speak to someone about your anxieties please contact your GST in the first instance.


1. RECOGNISE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 – do not come to College if you or any members of your household start to feel ill with COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone over five can get tested. You may need to self-isolate.

2. WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN – use soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitiser is a good substitute. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth and phone with unwashed hands.

3. WIPE DOWN SURFACES BEFORE USE / DON’T SHARE EQUIPMENT – computers, tools, pens and other equipment kept solely for your use are best. Avoid hot-desking and remain at the same workstation all day. Carry your own wipes. If shared usage can’t be avoided then chairs, desks and equipment must be disinfected before the next usage!

4. VENTILATE YOUR OFFICE / CLASSROOM – open windows and doors. The last person to leave must ensure fire doors are closed!

5. CATCH YOUR COUGHS AND SNEEZES – carry tissues to cover your nose and mouth and bin used tissues. No tissue: cough or sneeze into your elbow – not your hands. Wash hands immediately!

6. LIMIT YOUR MOVEMENT AROUND COLLEGE – try not to visit other offices and buildings unless absolutely necessary. Use telephones, radios and Microsoft Teams if possible to contact colleagues.

7. MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING - DON’T BE A SPACE INVADER! Keep at least 2 metres away from others. Be cautious at corners. And please don’t be offended if someone asks you to back off!

8. ISOLATION ROOMS – know where the nearest one is and understand the procedure for getting staff/students safely off site. Anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms in College must then leave safely and as quickly as possible!

9. KEEP LEFT WHEN MOVING AROUND COLLEGE - one-way systems have been introduced to control movement and maintain social distancing. Familiarise yourself with access routes around buildings. Consider all available emergency exits and plan you escape route in the event of an evacuation!

10. GO OUTDOORS – if the weather is fine enjoy the sunshine. The spread of COVID-19 is significantly reduced in open spaces. Think about taking breaks and holding meetings or classes outside if possible but socially-distance!

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