Coronavirus Update

Reporting symptoms and a positive covid-19 test

If you are a student and you have received a positive result for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19, you must not come into college. You should notify us using the online notification form. If you haven’t already, please arrange a test and follow the guidance from the NHS. You must isolate until you have the test result.

Please inform us of the outcome of the test as soon as possible.

If you are self-isolating because you have been contacted by Test & Trace, another member of the household or direct contact has symptoms, or you have returned from an area requiring quarantine, please notify us and follow the latest advice at

Alternatively, you can notify us by emailing

Thank you for your cooperation and support.

COVID-19 Current Positive Cases

The table below shows the number of current cases at each campus. In each of these cases, we have followed our established procedures for contacting everyone directly affected.

23 October 2020

Alton Havant South Downs
1 0 2


Please be sure to check the Government website for the most up to date guidance on what to do if you have symptoms and what to do if you have received COVID-19 test results.

If you are a student and you have received a positive result for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19, you must not come into college. You should notify us using the online notification form. If you haven’t already, please arrange a test and follow the guidance from the NHS. You must isolate until you have the test result. Please inform us of the outcome of the test as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can notify us by emailing

There have been a number of changes around College recently as a result of COVID-19, to ensure the safety of students, staff and visitors when on campus. Please see below for a summary of the new procedures and features around campus, so you know what to expect when visiting us.

Arriving & Departing Campus

  • All students and staff are required to wear a face covering when walking around the internal areas of the College, excluding classrooms. This includes corridors, social spaces, libraries, refectories. Please remember to bring a clean mask with you each day.
  • All students and staff are required to wear their College lanyard and ID at all times when on College premises.
  • One-way system – you’ll see lots of yellow stickers pointing out the one-way system in place. Please adhere to this and give yourself time to move around the directed routes.
  • Sanitiser stations – these are located at the entrance to every building and throughout campus. We do recommend that you also have your own sanitiser with you when on campus.

Teaching sessions
All teaching rooms have been set out with distancing measures and with defined teacher areas. Desks and tables should not be moved without the agreement of the teacher.


  • No food containing nuts should be brought onto campus.
  • We encourage you to bring your own lunch but there will be a ‘Grab & Go’ limited offer available.
  • You may find that the eating areas are zoned out for Year 1 and Year 2 students and it is important to stick to these zones.
  • There will be reduced seating in social areas and we would encourage you to eat in the classroom you have your afternoon lesson in where possible.

Non-timetabled sessions
Normally we would want you to stay on campus and use the facilities, but at present, if you do not have a lesson we ask that you leave campus and work from home to reduce the number of students on campus at any one time unless otherwise requested by staff.


You are encouraged to:

  • wash your hands regularly
  • avoid touching your face
  • sneeze/cough into a tissue or the crook of your elbow
  • try to avoid touching surfaces, such as staircase railings
  • use sanitiser provided

If you have any questions at all about being on campus and the new guidelines, please don’t hesitate to speak to our reception team when you visit, or you can call the team before your visit.

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a new helpline dedicated to answering questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people are welcome to contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

From 1 June 2020, Alton College Nursery (Alton Campus) and Little Faces Nursery (South Downs Campus) will be reopening for an increased number of children. Unfortunately, at this stage, it will not be open for all children due to current Health & Safety requirements, as well as limitations to staffing. We are working closely with all parents to be guided on possible return dates for their children. We will be operating under strict guidelines obtained from the Department of Health, PHE and current Government advice, to ensure we are doing our very best to ensure the safety of the children, their parents and our Nursery staff attending at this time. Any requests for places, email (for Little Faces at HSDC South Downs) or (for Alton College Nursery) to arrange a future viewing for when it will be safe to do so.

In response to the current COVID-19 crisis and the Government’s wish for nurseries to be opened to more children, from 1 June until 31 August, Little Faces Nursery’s (South Downs) operating hours will be 8-5pm Mon-Fri.  This will enable more robust risk assessments to be completed at the start of the day, and time at the end of the day will be allocated for enhanced cleaning to take place.  This will be reviewed in August regarding current advice at that time.

We understand that this is a difficult and worrying time for our HE applicants, but please be assured that we are working on understanding the situation.

Our advice, for now, is to confirm your offer as normal and as the situation becomes clearer, we will provide further information on how we are managing our admissions process.

You can also visit the UCAS website for further information.

HE Teaching at HSDC this September

We look forward to welcoming you to Higher Education at HSDC in September and would like to reassure you that we have everything ready and in place.

HSDC is expecting to teach its Higher Education students face to face in September in line with the Government’s social distancing guidance. With our smaller class sizes and flexible spaces, this will allow, where possible, classes to be held in person at the College.

In the event that the Government guidance changes or class sizes require further social distancing, HSDC has the ability to adjust the timetables and teach fully online or through a blended model. This would involve implementing a mixture of in-person and online teaching and learning using a variety of flipped learning methods, making use of effective learning technologies. If necessary, lectures will be online and seminars conducted in smaller groups. If a further lockdown is necessary, lectures will be pre-recorded using Screencastify and seminars delivered live online using Google Meet. Tutorial and 1:1 support would also be offered using video conferencing software.

Consideration will be given to subjects that need access to specialist facilities or hardware/software as part of the course. Courses will therefore be designed so that students can complete units remotely online and in college. When on campus, all health and safety guidelines will be followed regarding the use of equipment and spaces.

Due to COVID-19, we have implemented a number of procedures to ensure the safety of everyone in The Restaurant. These include:

  • We will be working on a bookings only policy with walk-ins only for Café Lounge/takeaway service.
  • As per the government guidelines, only two households are permitted per table.
  • Maximum of six guests per table.
  • Please do not visit if you or your household are showing symptoms of COVID-19 such as dry cough, high temperature and loss of taste or smell.
  • Please enter the College via the main reception wearing a face mask. This can be removed when entering The Restaurant.
  • Please use the hand sanitiser on arrival.
  • Bookings limited to allow for social distancing.
  • Lead guest to complete track and trace details. This will be stored for 21 days and then safely disposed of.
  • Staff and waiters will wear visors.
  • Please keep hold of your coats.
  • Entrance doors will remain open during service to ventilate the room.
  • The same two waiters will be serving your table to minimise contact (these two waiters will be serving a maximum of three tables).
  • Service will be reduced to limit contact with your waiters.
  • Menus to be sanitised after every use.
  • One guest permitted in the restroom at a time.
  • Where possible, please pay by card. If contactless is not possible, then hands should be sanitised prior to use of the card machine.
  • All seating areas and tables will be sanitised after use.

Students will be adhering to our strict hygiene policies. Face masks/visors will be worn and all uniform will be washed and renewed for each session.

Please note there will be a limited number of students in both restaurant and kitchen to aid social distancing.

Our Synergy Salon at South Downs Campus has implemented a COVID-safe environment and they are making sure the following is being adhered to:

  • It is a requirement for clients to wear a face covering, sanitise hands on arrival and scan into the NHS Test & Trace, which is located on the reception desk.
  • The students are required to wear a mask and visor when working on a client.
  • All workstations and equipment are sanitised before and after use.
  • All workstations are positioned so that they are socially distanced.
  • We have hand cleaning stations both on reception and around the salons.

If you have any questions at all, please email Synergy.

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