Update 26 February 2021 regarding Prime Minister’s Statement on the re-opening of schools and colleges
This update is for our Further Education (FE) students. Students studying Higher Education (HE) courses should read this
As you are aware the government announced earlier this week that colleges will open to all students from Monday 8 March. We have received updated guidance from the Department for Education and after a full review we are now able to provide the following information about our plans for students to return.
All students will return to their normal timetable from Monday 8 March 2021.
During your first two weeks back at College, you will be offered up to three Covid-19 lateral flow tests. Information about the lateral flow test can be found on here. You will be given a consent form to complete before each test and your tutors will assist you with completing the registration form. A guide to help you will also be uploaded to Moodle.
Testing is voluntary but strongly encouraged as it is an essential part of ensuring that we keep the College safe for all students and staff as well as protecting our friends and family at home.
After the two weeks we will supply you with home testing kits to enable you to carry out weekly testing at home.
If you do not consent to a Covid-19 lateral flow test, you are still expected to return to College week commencing Monday 8 March 2021. The only exception to attending in person is if you have received a shielding letter or have been provided with medical advice that prevents you from returning. If this is the case, please ensure you provide this information to your tutor as soon as possible.
Please remember you must not come into the College if:
- you have one or more coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.
- a member of your household (including someone in their support bubble or childcare bubble if they have one) has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.
- you are required to isolate because you have been told to do so by NHS Test and Trace or you have returned from overseas.
- you have had a positive Covid-19 test.
If you are unsure whether you should attend in person or not, please talk to your tutor before coming into college.
If you do have a positive Covid-19 lateral flow test result, you will need to self-isolate in line with the government's stay-at-home guidance. Those with a negative test result can continue to attend college unless they have individually been advised otherwise by NHS Test and Trace or Public Health professionals.
The Covid-19 protective measures in place during the autumn term remain in force. These include washing your hands regularly, using hand sanitiser when available and keeping your distance from other students and members of staff. Please wear your ID badge at all times as this identifies you as a student enrolled at the College.
In addition to our previous measures, you will be asked to wear a face-covering when indoors, including in all classes. The only exceptions to this are where a face-covering impacts your ability to take part in strenuous activities/exercise or if you are exempt from wearing a face-covering according to the government definitions.
This will restart on Monday 8 March with all routes operating as usual through until the end of the Spring Term. As before you must wear a face covering whilst boarding and travelling on the bus unless you are exempt. Social distancing whilst waiting for buses to arrive and subject seating areas on the buses will continue to be in place. Anyone who does not comply with these measures will be subject to disciplinary procedures.
Transport fees (updated 2 March 2021)
The fees payable for the three weeks between Monday 8 March 2021 and the end of the Spring Term have been set at £55 and we would ask that these now be paid. The fee for the Summer Term will be £200.
If you have already paid £200 for transport in the Spring Term the balance of £145 will be carried over into Summer term and you only need to pay an additional £55 for the Summer Term.
To make a payment for transport please click here. You will need your Student ID number and date of birth.
College accommodation will reopen to our residential students on Sunday 7 March 2021. Before travelling to College we ask that you undertake a Covid test using the testing kit that will be posted out to you. You must have received a negative test result before you are able to return to College.
Residential fees (updated 2 March 2021)
The residences will be open from Sunday 7 March and the revised fees for the Spring Term will be pro-rated based upon the 3 week period to the end of term. We are in the process of contacting all returning residential students to advise how much they will need to pay. Payments should be made before Sunday 7 March 2021.
To make a payment for residential fees please click here. You will need your Student ID number and date of birth.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back into College and we are certain that if we all work together and follow the guidance we can do our part in securing a route out of all lockdown measures in the near future.
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Kettering Mind have launched a new Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Service. The free service has been designed to help students whose mental health has been negatively affected during the pandemic. It aims to support individuals find the resilience to cope with issues such as loneliness, academic pressures, organisational skills, coping with anxiety, and managing mental health in general. To do this, the service can provide students with:
- Up to three one-to-one sessions with a mentor
- Online facilitated peer support sessions allowing students to socialise in a safe and confidential setting with others who may be experiencing similar difficulties.
- Mental health and wellbeing workshops to student groups over Zoom - we can deliver workshops to classes if required, please get in touch with me if you wish to arrange this.
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If you or anyone in your household has any of the symptoms of Covid-19 please follow the advice on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
Other useful links
You may find the following links to government advice useful