Coronavirus, latest advice from Department of Education
START OF TERM – SEPTEMBER 2021
Updated 26/08/21 @ 15:00
We hope all our new and returning students had an enjoyable summer break and we can’t wait to welcome you to our campus! The UK Government has now entered a new phase in its response to the pandemic, moving away from stringent restrictions on everyone’s day to day lives, towards advising people on how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk. As Covid-19 becomes a virus that we learn to live with, the Department for Education (working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England) have informed all education leaders that the imperative now is to reduce further disruption to young people’s education and for our priority to be the delivery of face to face high quality education. Therefore we would like to update you on the safety measures that will be in place when you arrive to campus in September.
Asymptomatic testing of learners
Students should continue to test twice weekly at home until the end of September. An update on the future of testing will be shared with students in the next couple of weeks.
Wearing of face coverings and one-way systems
When you arrive on campus you will find that we continue to have numerous safety measures in place to keep our college community safe, such as one-way systems, extra cleaning, hand sanitising. If you’re using College-arranged transport, we ask you to wear a mask/face covering to be able to travel. We are asking students to continue to wear masks on campus in indoor communal spaces such as corridors and in catering outlets prior to taking a seat. You may also be asked to wear face coverings in some classroom environments at the discretion of our lecturing staff. We will review our safety measures again prior to Half Term in October.
We are starting the year in changed times and part of that change is the opportunity to be vaccinated against COVID-19. We recognise that having a COVID vaccination is a personal choice but we would encourage all students aged 16 and over to consider the vaccination option.