START OF TERM 2021
We are really looking forward to welcoming our students back next week. As we approach the start of term, below we have provided some information on how we will operate.
Covid vaccinations – The College will be hosting vaccination clinics throughout the year. The first sessions will run on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 September 2021; further information on how to book an appointment will be sent to students. A video from the NHS outlining what is in the vaccine and how it works can be found at the following link:
Lateral flow tests (LFTs) – In order to keep the College community as safe as possible and to contain any spread of Covid-19, students should test twice a week, as per Government guidance. During September, students can be tested at our onsite facility or can choose to do them from home. Tests are available to collect from Student Services. Results of those tests should be reported to https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result and https://forms.office.com/r/XYHRphsPdU. If a student tests positive, they should arrange to have a PCR test and telephone the College on 01482 711688 to let us know.
Self-isolation – Students should follow any public health advice on when to self isolate. They should not come into College if they have symptoms or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of passing on Covid-19 (e.g. they are required to quarantine or have a positive test). If a student develops Covid-19 symptoms while on site, they will be sent home and told to follow public health advice.
Face coverings – Face coverings are no longer compulsory; however, students can wear them if they prefer. We would encourage students to wear their face covering on public and College transport; some operators will enforce this rule.
Hand hygiene – We will continue to provide hand sanitising stations throughout the site and students should continue to maintain good hand hygiene.
Other control measures – We will continue to operate appropriate cleaning regimes and keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
Attendance – We expect students to attend all their lessons/activities to ensure they achieve the best possible results. Normal attendance recording and follow-up procedures will take place – this includes automated emails that will notify you of absences. We would appreciate parents’ support in stressing the importance of 100% attendance.
Student ID cards – Once issued, students must wear lanyards with ID cards attached at all times when in college (students may be refused entry without these).
Lunch/break – The College cafés will be open and available for students to purchase their lunch and snacks. Students should bring their own water bottles or purchase water from the cafés. We will continue to operate two lunch time slots in order to reduce queues. Where possible, we encourage students to make contactless payments.
Free periods – Students can either study in our refurbished Learning Resource Centre or make use of our new outdoor seating areas. The cafés are only available to eat purchased food and should not be used for other purposes.
Communication with the College – To ensure everyone receives information in a timely manner, we will communicate with students via Microsoft Teams and with parents via email. We ask that parents do not come to the College reception unless it is pre-arranged. Please make contact with the College through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (01482 711688).
Thank you for taking the time to read this important information; we will continue to provide updates as required. We are looking forward to seeing the return of all of our students and hope we get the chance to welcome parents on site at some point throughout the year.