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Covid-19

Our first priority is keeping our students and staff safe. We continue to follow the relevant guidance from the Department for Education and will continue to have a range of safety measures in place for the coming academic year.

Safety measures will include:

  • Students travelling in to College on our dedicated transport service will still need to wear a face covering whilst on the bus.
  • Hand sanitiser stations are located throughout the campus for student and staff use.
  • Students are encouraged to keep their distance from each other wherever possible.
  • Students who are unwell should not travel in to College. All student absences must be reported to the absence hotline, 01604 491131 Option 2

Student Testing

We encourage all of our students to take a Lateral Flow Test before they start College in September. You can do this either through a local community testing programme or by ordering a test online.

During your first few weeks at College you will be offered two Lateral Flow Tests at our on-site testing facility.

Remember that many people with Covid-19 do not display symptoms. Please take advantage of this on-site testng service as it is an important part of keeping everyone safe.

Vaccinations

Over two thirds of 18-30 year old's have already had their first Covid jab, It's the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from serious infection.

Many of the Covid-19 patients now in hospital are young and unvaccinated. It is important that you get your first and second dose for maximum protection.

Vaccinated people are far less likely to get Covid with symptoms. Vaccinated people are even more unlikely to get serious Covid-19, be admitted to hospital, or to die from it. Vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus to others.

Getting a vaccine

If you haven't had your first dose yet, you can book now at a centre or find your nearest walk in clinic at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine

If you are required to have a second dose you can arrange this through the booking service at www.nhs.uk/vaccine, or by going to a local walk in clinic 8 weeks after your first dose.

Contingency planning

Although we are doing everything possible to keep the College operating normally, we do have contingency plans in place should we need to take steps to respond to either a local outbreak or national lockdown. These steps are summarised in the scenarios described below.

Scenario 1 - Full Closure of the College

ALL teaching, learning and assessment would move to remote teaching, learning and assessment. This will predominantly be delivered through Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom and Moodle and will be monitored in the same way as occurred during the first and second lockdown periods during 2020 and 2021. Our teaching team are well trained from previous lockdowns on the variety of platforms and their relative advantages and all our new staff have also received training on these platforms.

During induction students will have been shown how to access remote learning, not only for their access to learning but for skills they will require in the workplace.. Where students do not have the capacity to access online materials, resources will be provided by IT. Where online resources are not appropriate for the student’s other means of work will be provided which could include hard copies of work being sent home and regular communication through phone calls with the tutors.

Pastoral tutors and learning support assistants will contact the most vulnerable students regularly to ensure they are well. Course managers will communicate regularly with students to ensure that they maintain the high standards of work and are engaged in learning.

Scenario 2 - Whole groups have to self-isolate

Should groups of students need to self-isolate the relevant Head of School for that subject area will implement a planned timetable for the students to access lessons utilising the two rooms in each school that have been equipped with screens, microphones and cameras. Ordinarily the staff member will be in the classroom ‘delivering’ the live lesson through Microsoft Teams and students access from home.

Scenario 3 - Staff member has to self- isolate

Should a member of staff have to self-isolate, students will still attend the lesson and the relevant Head of School will re-timetable the group to rooms to enable the group to access the lesson in the equipped room with the staff member delivering from home.

Scenario 4 - Individuals have to self-isolate

Staff use a variety of methods to enable the students to ‘access’ the lessons through simultaneous teaching, whereby the students(s) access the lesson from home through Microsoft Teams and attend remotely. This is ordinarily done through a laptop in the classroom or in one of the equipped rooms or set work.

Scenario 5 - Individuals have to self-isolate due to a positive test result

Staff members cover the lesson as they would a normal absence.

If you have any concerns in relation to the above scenarios please contact your course manager in the first instance.

Sources of useful information

National guidance on Self-isolation

Guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infection

Student guide to Coronavirus

Covid-19 Vaccination guide for young people
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