Returning to college – Students – 22 May 2020

Dear Student,

The government has announced, as from 1st June 2020, it expects that colleges will be able to offer some face to face contact with Year 12 students before the end of term. This will not be a return to full timetables, or for you to be back in college full time, but rather an opportunity to offer you some support to supplement your current remote education.

We are now in the process of reviewing our arrangements. The information below states the allocated dates for opening. Online and remote learning will continue as a priority and students will be invited in to meet with their teachers.

Week 1           

W/b Monday 1st June Staggered teachers return

Week 2           

 W/b Monday 8th June – Choices

EHCP and Vulnerable students can come into college for half a day this week
and continue with online work in the LSA areas

Weeks  3 & 4  

W/b Monday 15th June and W/b Monday 22nd June

A Level students will come into college one day per
week on a shortened timetable to meet with each of their teachers (not for a
lesson). 

The classes will be split into 2 alphabetically and you will be informed which
day you are expected to come into college.  There will be no canteen
facilities so please bring with you your own food and drink (if required) and
own stationery as this cannot be supplied. 

The college has the appropriate PPE in place for return and we will be expecting
students to follow the 2-metre distancing rule and to use the hand sanitiser
available in toilets and on each floor at the start and end of each
session.  You must follow the 2-meter rule inside and outside of
lessons.  Anyone not adhering to the rules will be sent home with
immediate effect.
 Vocational level 1, 2 and 3 Year 12 students will be invited into college to complete
their progression to the next year and have 1-1’s.  Year 12 level 3
vocational students will be offered face to face tutorials on planning the
UCAS application process.

The College has put a plan in place to implement protective measures in line with
government guidance. This will ensure a phased/staggered safe return and
environment for all staff and students.

Weeks  5  

College will close to students for the summer on Friday 26th June

 

  • You, or a family member in the same household have contracted COVID-19. We would also need to know if this was confirmed through NHS 111
  • You, or a family member in the same household have been hospitalised since college closed, due to COVID-19
  • You have been hospitalised since college closed for another reason, e.g. due to an underlying medical condition
  • A family member has died after contracting COVID-19 
  • You have been tested for COVID-19 (we would need to know the results of the test)
  • You live in a household with someone who is extremely clinically vulnerable, as set out in the link below:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

 

All replies would be treated confidentially and would only be shared with those staff involved in your Health, Safety and Wellbeing.

The government is developing a new national test and trace programme. This will bring together an app, expanded web and phone-based contact tracing, and swab testing for those with potential coronavirus symptoms. This programme will play an important role in helping to minimise the spread of coronavirus in the future.

Most importantly – do not attempt to come into college if you, or a family member are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. You should contact the NHS 111 online Coronavirus service and follow their instructions. 

The main symptoms are

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
  • Further guidance can be found by using the link:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

We appreciate that this may be an unsettling time for students, but we want to assure you that the safety of all staff and students is central to these plans.

For those students who have said they will not be returning this term, we expect you to continue to engage with online and remote learning with subject lessons and preparing for UCAS applications ready for the Autumn term.

This has been a very difficult time for students, parents and staff and we are doing our best to follow the government guidance to ensure that face to face contact is available should you want this.  Progression is clearly important to yourself and the college, so please make sure this is completed with either your teacher, tutor or house monitor before we finish for the summer.

I would like to wish you a very pleasant summer and we will be in touch in August regarding your return.

Take care and be safe

Kind regards

Sharon Burton

Associate Principal