Coronavirus Guidance for Students – Updated 16 March 2020

Posted: 16 March 2020 at 4:29 pm | Author: samicooper

Updated on: Monday 16 March 2020

The College will seek to provide as much support and guidance as we can, however I am sure you will appreciate that it is changing all the time and therefore it is wise to keep abreast of the advice and guidance that is being published by Public Health England and the NHS. 

College updates will be provided as the situation evolves.

The College has two main objectives:

  1. Protect the wellbeing of our students, apprentices, staff, visitors and the animals entrusted into our care
  2. Continue to deliver our programmes

At present and based on current government advice the college continues to operate from its centres whilst retaining elements of social distancing in order to reduce risk.

If it becomes necessary to close our centres or make changes to our programmes then lessons and support will be delivered online.

Coronavirus – Covid -19 Placements

If you are on placement then please continue attending your placement until informed not to or your scheduled placement period has been completed. 

Some placements have instructed their students not to come in if they are travelling using public transport.  If you find yourself in this position and cannot attend then please respect the employers decision and inform us that you have suspended your placement.  Please note that all placement assessments etc will have to successfully achieved and minimum hours requirements complied with which may delay the completion of your programme.

Coronavirus – Covid -19 Advice

Please visit the NHS website for full information about Coronavirus, including answers to common questions.  The Government website also has useful up to date material. and the Public Health England

If you have symptoms of Coronavirus infection (Covid-19) however mild do not leave your home for 7 days from when your symptoms start.  Symptoms include a high temperature and/or a new, continuous cough.  It is really important that you do not come into the College if you have any of these symptoms.  The advice now given is not to call the NHS 111 but to go into self-isolation.  If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days then the guidance is to contact NHS 111 online rather than call. The latest guidance is that you should not go to the GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you have symptoms.  

Stopping the spread of germs


  • Wash your hands with soap and water often, do this for at least 20 seconds (WHO Guidelines)
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve  (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

People in the High Risk Group

Our first priority is to consider those who are at higher risk.  If you are one of those in a higher risk group then it is strongly recommended that you do not come into College and continue your programme by using the online materials to learn.

Barbara Cooper
The College of Animal Welfare

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