Covid-19 Important Updates
Latest Update (14 May 2021 regarding face covering advice)
STUDENT RETURN TO COLLEGE FROM MONDAY 12TH APRIL:
For full details of returning to college, please make sure you have read and understood the full guidance booklet (CLICK HERE).
Our expectation is that students will now be undertaking home testing using Lateral Flow ‘Rapid Test’ kits as supplied by college. Your Course manager will be issuing test kit supplies to students.
We are all excited to be on the roadmap to the end of lockdown restrictions but appreciate that this recent period of lockdown has been tough for many individuals. If you want to talk to someone about your mental health, please contact Student Services in the first instance.
All our key safety measures are still in place to make our environment as Covid-safe as possible – social distancing, seating plans, classroom management, smoking restrictions etc. We expect students to work with us to uphold the safety measures we have in place for the sake of everyone on campus and at home.
Face coverings (updated 14 May 2021)
Following the latest government guidance issued on Monday 10th May
The College is committed to maintaining a covid secure environment for all staff and learners. The College’s approach to the use face coverings has been developed in accordance with the DFE guidance document Face coverings in education, published May 2021. The college has also taken into account that we are a national provider of education with students travelling into the college from across the country. The college also has a mixed economy of Higher Education, Further Education students and Apprentices.
From Monday 17th May 2021, the following will apply across the college:
When to Wear a Face Covering – students
We expect learners to continue to use a face covering when inside buildings where social and physical distancing cannot safely be maintained, such as but not limited to:
• all corridors and stairwells
• all canteen/refectory spaces, other than when seated and eating/drinking
• all College vehicles
• Whilst travelling into and from college on the bus
Face coverings do not need to be worn when outdoors.
Face coverings do not need to be worn in classrooms. However, some students may still wish to wear face-coverings.
When to Wear a Face Covering – Staff and other adult visitors visiting campus
The government guidance stipulates: All colleagues and other adults visiting campuses will still be required wear face coverings in communal areas and in situations where social distancing is not possible, e.g. some offices / staff only areas, although this is no longer required in classrooms.
For all colleagues involved in delivery of teaching, learning and assessment; face coverings are not required to be worn in classrooms, however, if you are working in close proximity with a student or are unable to effectively maintain social distancing in classrooms, then face coverings should still be worn.
We advise that seating plans and current in-class arrangements remain in-place until further notice and would encourage you to use tools such as Nearpod, MS Teams breakout rooms and OneNote to enable interactivity and peer collaboration in your lessons.
College transport is running as normal - remember you must wear a face-covering on the bus at all times.
Catering is available on site - more details of opening times will be available on campus.
Students must fill in the absence reporting form (online) if they are not coming into college on one of their timetabled days, regardless of the reason.
IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 OR HAVE BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS TESTED POSITIVE AND HAVE BEEN TOLD TO SELF-ISOALTE – PLEASE DO NOT COME INTO COLLEGE UNTIL YOU HAVE EITHER BEEN TESTED OR YOUR PERIOD OF SELF-ISOLATION IS OVER AND YOU HAVE NOT DEVELOPED SYMPTOMS
For other Covid-19 related information, please check our Covid-19 pages on the website.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment guidance (Click here to download)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) asymptomatic testing-schools and colleges (Click here to download)
Student Code of Conduct
We are very much looking forward to welcoming our students back onto our campuses. The college remains a Covid secure environment with a comprehensive range of measures in place to keep you safe. We are committed to following the guidance provided by Public Health England and the Department for Education. Please remind yourself of the expectations we have of our students when you return - we all must play our part in keeping each other safe. The student Code of Conduct can be found here.
On behalf of the College, we would like to take the opportunity to welcome you back to campuses. If you have any further queries, please contact your course managers in the first instance.
Covid Testing Privacy Statement click here.