COVID-19

Latest Advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Latest information regarding Covid-19 and Blackburn College

Welcome to Blackburn College

We're looking forward to welcoming students back to site from Monday 4th September 2021. You may be concerned or have questions about Covid-19 at this time. This page aims to provide a helpful summary.

Covid-19 Symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they're mild:

  • Do not attend Blackburn College
  • Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if you have COVID-19 as soon as possible.
  • Stay at home and do not have visitors (self-isolate) until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Hand-sanitiser and Hand Washing

Washing your hands and using hand-sanitiser helps control the virus spread. Please ensure you use hand-sanitiser regularly and when you enter our buildings and practise regular and thorough hand-washing.

Masks

When you start or return to your studies at Blackburn College you will not need to wear a mask during your lessons or when you move about our campus. Wearing a mask or a face covering is however, a personal preference and there may be circumstances when you feel more comfortable wearing a mask. If this applies to you, please feel free to continue to wear a mask. Replacement masks are available from the Beacon Centre reception.

Please respect others who wish to wear a mask in certain situations or whilst in College.

Home Testing Kits

You should ensure you perform two Lateral Flow tests before starting at College. Testing is available on site in the week commencing Monday 6th September from 9-1.30pm if you wish to have support with your test simply visit Food4Thought café in the Elizabeth Building.

We also have testing kits available for you to use at home. You should ensure you follow the instruction booklet and should ensure you log your results here.

From Monday 13th September 2021, home testing kits are available from the Beacon Centre reception and from the University Centre Students' Union.

Vaccinations

As part of national guidance, 16 and 17 year olds are now being encouraged to come forward and have their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The young adults of Blackburn with Darwen are now able to play their part in helping us return to normal life by getting their Covid vaccination.

Vaccination Bus

On Friday 10th September 2021 a Covid-19 vaccination bus will be visiting Blackburn College between 10-4pm. A further visit is planned on Thursday 16th September 2021.

No appointment is necessary. The bus will be based outside the Beacon Centre. Students can simply attend and get their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination.

You do not need to be registered with a GP or bring any ID other than your Blackburn College ID card. It might help to bring your NHS number, if you know it.

If you've already had your 1st dose, you need to wait 8 weeks before having your 2nd dose.

Did you know?

All bus operators in Blackburn with Darwen are offering free transport to anyone going to get their Covid vaccination. Just let the bus driver know where you’re going when you get on!

Walk-in vaccinations are available for 16 and 17 year olds getting their first dose at the following sites.

No appointment or booking is required:

  • Blackburn Cathedral, Blackburn – Monday to Sunday, 8:30am to 7:30pm
  • The Mall, Ainsworth Street, Blackburn – Monday and Tuesday, 8:30am to 7:30pm
  • Everest Pharmacy, Darwen – Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am to 2:00pm (subject to change –  call 01254 777230 for current times).
  • Ivy Street Community Centre, Blackburn – Friday to Sunday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Site opening times and locations are constantly being reviewed and updated subject to demand. Please visit the Healthier Lancs website for the most up-to-date information.

Currently, only first dose vaccines are available to 16 and 17 year olds as we await further guidance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get Lateral Flow Home Test kits from?

You can get a Home Testing Kit from the Beacon Centre reception or the Students' Union area in the University Centre. 

I’m worried about travelling to College, what do you suggest?

When you’re attending College you may be worried about public transport. We recommend you read the following guidance from the Government. This document is entitled ‘Safer Travel Guidance for Passengers’. Should you still have concerns, we recommend you speak to your Personal Tutor in the first instance. Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

I've lost my lanyard/ID card. What do I do?

You will be able to access a new lanyard and ID card from the Beacon Centre Reception. These will be issued for FREE during the first weeks of term. After these dates new lanyards and ID cards become chargeable.

Will a register for face-to-face sessions be taken?

Yes. We will take a register for all the sessions that take place. This is so we can see that you are engaging with your studies and know that you have returned to College.

I’m eligible for Free College Meals, how will I get this payment?

If you are eligible for Free College Meals we will re-start making the associated payment to your College account so that you continue to be able to purchase food from our onsite restaurants.

You can contact the Student Finance team using StudentFinance@blackburn.ac.uk if you have any queries about this.

I’m an adult student and am in receipt of support for childcare, what will happen?

If this applies to you, your payment will still be made to your registered childcare provider.