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Covid-19 – Information for students and parents

Starting College in September

Your health, safety and wellbeing are our number one priority and we have been working hard to get our campuses ready for you to safely come to College. We have put a number of safety and social distancing measures in place to provide a safe and compliant environment and minimise the risk to you and your teachers.

The following links provide information on the measures we have introduced that you need to be aware of.

Ready to come to college – A guide for students 

Letter to students and parents – 10 November 2020

Other documents and useful links

  • Government information for the public
  • Statement from the Chief Medical Officers and Deputy Chief Medical Officers of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales on the evidence of risks and benefits to health from schools and childcare settings reopening – Published 23rd August 2020. Read more
  • What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?

    Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that are common across the world. The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan, China


  • What are the symptoms of Covid-19?

    Typical symptoms of COVID-19 include fever and a cough that may progress to severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Generally, COVID-19 can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people and those with long-term conditions such as diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

  • How does Covid-19 spread?

    As this is a new illness, we do not know exactly how it spreads from person to person, however, similar viruses are spread in cough droplets. It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

    Official advice emphasises the importance of hand hygiene to protect yourself from infection and important hygiene practices to follow include: carry tissues and use them to catch coughs and sneezes, then bin the tissue and wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser if this is not available.

    Current advice is to stay at home to reduce the spread of COVID-19. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have any symptoms. You should only go outside for food, health reasons or work (if you are a key worker and cannot work from home). If you go out, you should stay 2 metres away from other people. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before you leave home, and when you get back. Do not meet other people, even friends or family.


  • Should I really be worried about Covid-19?

    We would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that we recognise the seriousness of this situation. Though we would urge staff, students and parents/carers not to panic, we do encourage everyone to continue to follow government advice such as maintaining good hand hygiene.

  • Is there a vaccine or cure for Covid-19?

    At the moment there is no vaccine or cure for COVID-19, though a vaccine is being researched and developed. Antibiotics will not help as they do not work against viruses. Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness and you will need to self-isolate until you have recovered.

  • What does self-isolate mean?

    If you are asked to self-isolate, you should avoid contact with other people. Ask another person to pick up any essentials or medication you need. Ask them to leave it on the door step so you can collect it when they’ve left the area. If you live with others you should do your best to avoid being around them. Isolate to your bedroom. Other members of your household can leave you food at the door. Pick this up once they’ve left the area. You should use your own bathroom if possible. If you only have 1 bathroom in the house, you should be the last to use it. You should clean it thoroughly once you’re done. You must double bag your own waste. If you are showing symptoms and you’re unsure what you should do, please call NHS 111, or access the online 111 coronavirus service.

  • What is Peterborough College doing about Covid-19

    We are following official advice from the UK government and Public Health England. Additionally, we have taken precautionary measures such as cancelling our upcoming events and face to face teaching, as well as providing regular updates to all staff, students and parents. We are monitoring the situation and putting in place contingency plans, all necessary information will be communicated to staff and students as required.

Please find below communications issued to all students and parents:

Letters to parents/students
Letter to students and parents - 10th November
Letter to students and parents - 23rd October
Letter to students and parents - 2nd October
Letter to students and parents - 24th September
Letter to students and parents - 14th September
Letter to students - 1st September
Letter to parents - 1st September
Letter - 12th June
Letter - 22nd May
5th May - Communication for families of children and young people with an EHCP - Update
Letter - 30th April
28th April - Communication for families of children and young people with an EHCP
Letter - 30th April
Letter - 3rd April
Letter - 24th March
Letter - 20th March
Letter - 19th March
Letter - 18th March
Letter - 17th March
Letter - 16th March
Letter - 2nd March