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Guidance for Parents & Carers

If anyone at College becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. This sets out that they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). Individuals will be formally advised by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact should also self-isolate.
 
If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10-day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms. Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

Risk Asessment
The College has a detailed risk assessment in place detailing the actions to be taken given a range of Covid-specific scenarios. To view the College's latest risk assessment, please click here.


Timetables & Remote Learning
As advised by the Department for Education, all students will be attending their academic lessons on site.  In order to accommodate this safely, we have created an interim timetable, which will reduce the number of students on site in a day and minimise movement around the College. Each day will commence with a tutorial session followed by two 2 hour lessons; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The majority of students, will have either a lesson in the morning or afternoon. Where students are required to attend both lessons they will form a lunch “bubble” in either the canteen or learning Resource Centre. In addition, some elements of a student’s programme, such as Religion and Philosophy, will be delivered remotely. 

If students are not in a timetabled lesson, they will be encouraged and supported to work from home.  The Learning Resource Centre will continue to offer a remote service for students.   
 
College Site
All areas of the College have signage which indicates the precautions you should take and how you should navigate the building.  Where possible, we have implemented one way systems so please try and stick to these. Hand sanitiser stations are located at the entrance to the building and in each classroom. Additionally, all students will have their temperature recorded by a thermo-camera as they enter the building.

Classrooms
Each classroom has a protocol displayed on the wall which details everything students are required to consider when in the classroom. We ask that students adhere to the advice given. There is hand sanitiser in each classroom, as well as tissues and disinfectant wipes.

Classrooms have been furnished with individual desks to allow a degree of social distancing to occur within classrooms. Teachers may create a seating plan for their class, in which case students must stay in their assigned seat. 
Classrooms will be thoroughly cleaned in between teaching sessions.

Face Coverings
All students are required to bring their own face coverings with them to college.  Students are strongly advised to wear a face covering whilst moving around the site and in communal indoor areas, such as corridors.
Government advice is that face coverings do not need to be worn in lessons.  However, if a student feels more comfortable in the lesson wearing a face mask they will be allowed to do so.

NHS COVID-19 App
The free NHS COVID-19 app is a vital part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England & Wales. We advise our staff, students & visitors to download the app. Get help downloading the app.

The app is free to download and is the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus. It uses proven technology from Apple and Google, designed to protect every user’s privacy. The app is available to download for anyone aged 16 and over if they choose to do so. For some young people, particularly those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), parents will need to decide whether or not their use of the app is appropriate. Staff members will also be able to use the app.

The app has 6 key features that will help to reduce personal and public risk:
  • Trace – alerts the individual if they were in close contact with a confirmed case
  • Alert – provides the individual with the risk level associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) in their local area, based on the postcode district they enter
  • Check in – allows the individual to check in to locations via the app and official NHS QR codes
  • Symptoms – allows the individual to check symptoms against government guidance and to get advice
  • Test – allows the individual to order a free test and to receive results and advice via the app
  • Isolate – provides an isolation ‘companion’, which counts down how many days they have left to isolate and provides links to useful advice
How it Works
Bluetooth needs to be enabled on the phone as the app uses Bluetooth low energy to anonymously assess the distance, over time, between people who have downloaded it.
If an individual with the app tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), the app will ask them to allow those that they have been in contact with to be alerted. If so, the app will then alert relevant individuals if they have been in close contact with a positive case. ‘Close contact’ is based on an algorithm, but generally means you’ve been within 2 metres of someone for 15 minutes or more. Individuals are not informed who the positive case is.

Further information about how the app works is available on the NHS COVID-19 app support page, alongside frequently asked questions for younger users.

Mental health and wellbeing
We understand that some young people may be experiencing feelings such as anxiety, stress or low mood as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
There are online resources available to help you with mental health, including:
  • MindEd, a free educational resource from Health Education England on children and young people’s mental health
  • Rise Above, which aims to build resilience and support good mental health in young people aged 10 to 16
  • Every Mind Matters, which includes an online tool and email journey to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing
  • Bereavement UK and the Childhood Bereavement Network, provide information and resources to support bereaved pupils, schools and staff
Catering
We are currently unable to offer the usual catering options, so there will be no catering on site for the first few weeks of term as we assess the situation.  We encourage students to bring in their own lunch if they are timetabled to be in lessons all day. Students should also ensure that they bring in plenty of water.

Gym
Please be aware that the College’s gym will be closed to students until further notice.
 
NB: If the College’s plan has to change based on the situation in the local area, we will update students and their parents/guardians.