Hi to all our parents, carers and students,

We are looking forward to welcoming back the rest of our students back onsite after the Easter break, however, we understand that returning to college can bring with it lots of feelings of worry and anxiety. We are keen to ensure that all our students and their parents/ carers have enough information about the further return to onsite delivery that will help alleviate some of these concerns.

Below you will find the pathway we are following which outlines the phased return.

Above all else our student and staffs’ health and safety is our priority which is why we have designed this phased return. We are not at a point were we are able to have all students back on a 100% onsite timetable so we will be following a blended model of delivery, with some sessions on site and some online at home. We are very keen to welcome as many students back to onsite delivery as possible, but due to the small size of our classrooms, we must act cautiously.

Alongside the information here we have also published our updated risk assessment, safety measures and an FAQ this week to provide further details about our extended reopening.

If you have any particular queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact:
 

FAQ

Please find below some frequently asked questions.

  • Why aren’t all sessions onsite?

We have risk assessed our buildings and found that in order to maintain a safe social distance between staff and students we must limit the number of people in each classroom, with some classes taking place across two rooms. Our preferred option would, of course, be to have all students back in the centres all the time, however the health and safety of our community is our top priority.

We will be continually reviewing all provision in the weeks up till the may half term, in line with Government updates, guidance and risk assessments.

  • What additional safety measures will be in place for staff and students when we return?

All of the safety measures we had in place prior to the lockdown will still be in practice when staff and students return. This includes;

  • Wearing masks in all areas of the buildings including classrooms. If you are exempt you must wear an exemption pass (available from the centre offices)
  • Maintaining a safe distance where possible
  • No congregating in communal areas
  • Remembering to regularly wash hands, particularly when entering or leaving a building or classroom
  • Following the one way system, where applicable
  • Following all guidance on what to do if you have symptoms and need to isolate

We are now also able to facilitate regular home testing for all staff and students with the lateral flow tests.

  • When will testing be available?

We have been able to now order home testing kits for staff and students. Further information and guidance is available on our Covid-19 guidance page. We will also hand out guidance when the kits are collected.

We will be asking all our staff and students to complete 2 tests a week and to communicate the results to us, as well as the NHS. 

Households and support bubbles of students and staff are also able to access rapid lateral flow tests from this site. Please ensure you follow all instructions and guidance on the provided on the site.

  • I’m currently shielding, do I still have a come into college?

Shielding statuses have now come to an end. All students are expected to attend all timetable sessions.

If you have received your vaccine please let the centre coordinators (Kerri and Shani) know as soon as possible.

  • What will my lessons look like?

Level 2 and 3 vocational sessions – As with prior to lockdown you will have a blended provision of onsite and online delivery (please see your timetable for more detail). Depending on the classroom and site your class may be spread over two classrooms to ensure social distancing.

Level 2 & 3 English and Maths – You will be onsite for all English and Maths sessions. Depending on the classroom and site your class may be spread over two classrooms to ensure social distancing.

Level 2 & 3 PSD and tutorials – Where possible these will be delivered online. Please see your timetable for further detail.

Timetable PDFs are available to download above. If you are still not sure please get in touch with your tutor.

  • I am anxious about returning to college what should I do?

We understand that this has been a very stressful and turbulent time for all of our community. We are fully committed to supporting you as much as possible, whether you are returning to onsite or remaining as remote. If you are experiencing anxiety or stress and would like further support or just someone to talk to please contact one of the student support coordinators on the details below.

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