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COVID-19: Latest Update

The college is open, and we are still accepting full-time applications for 2020-2021. Hygiene measures are in place to make the college as safe as it can be for our learners, staff and guests.

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We've put together some FAQs that parents have had about the college and COVID-19.

If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch!

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What physical measures are in place at College?

We have an enhanced cleaning regime for all rooms and regular touch points. We also have hand sanitiser stations at all entrances and around the college.

What are the ‘Bubbles’ in College?

Each full time group (usually 10-25 students) will form a small bubble inside a larger department bubble. The bubble will have an identified zone within college in which they will spend most of their time, and each Bubble will have a lanyard of different colour. Lunchtime access to the café will be allocated to each bubble.

Does my daughter or son need to wear a mask?

In the public areas of the college, yes but not in the classrooms or workshops (unless they are needed for other reasons e.g. dust). There may be specific occasions where they are required where social distancing cannot reasonably be achieved, for example if they are in receiving close learning support, or working in the hairdressing salon).

Will you enforce COVID-safe behaviour of other students?

Yes. We will take any behaviour that endangers others very seriously. Any deliberately threatening behaviour (including coughing in other’s faces etc) will be dealt with as a serious disciplinary issue. We have a zero tolerance of bullying or aggression in any form.

What should I do if my son or daughter is sick?

You should keep them away from the college, particularly if they have symptoms of COVID-19.

What will the college offer if their group, department or the whole group is ‘locked-down’?

We will move the learning online. This will include online meetings at scheduled times closely replicating the original timetable via MS Teams. This will be supported by other online resources and e mail support from tutors. All students will be inducted into these resources as soon as we can to be ready for any lockdown. Cameras may be used in online meetings though acceptable use rules will apply for staff and students.

What happens if there is Covid-19 case in my son or daughters group, bubble or campus?

We will follow the Government health advice at the time, contact local health authorities and then follow their guidance. It is most likely that our first response where a case of COVID-19 is confirmed within a group, is that we will ask that group to switch to online learning until further notice (or 14 days is complete).

What happens if my daughter or son is asked by track and trace to self-isolate or needs to quarantine?

We will support the remote learning of individuals via online resources supplemented by meetings and e-mail support. Where whole groups are of students are required to self-isolate due to a positive case in college we will move learning online as described above.

Will the food and drink be available?

Yes, though students can bring packed lunch too. We have a café service that will offer hot and cold food and drink, though the menu will be reduced from that offered previously. Access to the café will be only at restricted times during the lunchtime period.

What can students do outside of lessons?

Students will have access to all the areas within their zone where it is safe for unsupervised access. They should go to these rooms when they arrive in College unless they are visiting the Cafes or toilets. At lunchtime each bubble will have an allocated time to buy food and drink. Students may walk off campus and use local facilities. They are expected to represent the College in an appropriate way when doing so.

Will you be doing trips and visits and other extra-curricula activities?

No. Unfortunately we need to focus on our main function and limit all other activity at present. As soon as we know we can safely offer other activities we will begin to do so.

Someone in our household is clinically vulnerable and I’m worried about infection coming into the household, what should I do?

Contact Matt Burke (Curriculum Director), so that we can undertake an individual risk assessment and discuss with you how to balance the risks and benefits involved.