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Updated 27th August 2020 to include:

  • The College requiring students to use face coverings when not in lessons and moving between areas of the campus.

As the summer draws to an end, our thoughts are turning to the start of the new term. We wanted to set out what you can expect when we welcome you back and what arrangements we have made to ensure the safety of students and staff as we return to College in September 2020.

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Return to College

As the summer draws to an end, our thoughts are turning to the start of the new term. We wanted to set out what you can expect when we welcome you back and what arrangements we have made to ensure the safety of students and staff as we return to College in September 2020.

Term restarts on Monday 7th September and the current guidance is that all students will be expected to return to attending College physically.

College Timetable

The College will be operating a standard timetable for lessons and students will be expected to attend their lessons and practical demonstrations as instructed by their teachers.

We will be sending you a further email with a link to your timetable before term starts.

Transport to and from College

For those students travelling on public transport, you will be required to wear a face mask in line with current guidance on public transport.

Face masks will also be required for students to travel to and from campus on College organised coaches.

For all other methods of transport, please follow the current Government/Public Health England guidance.

On campus facilities

We are taking the following steps to keep you and our staff safe from the start of the September term.

Prior to the start of the term, a deep clean will have been completed of each campus.

  • This includes the application of a 30-day Microbe Shield Surface Sanitiser to all desks, worktops, workstations, keyboards, door handles, door plates, handrails etc.
      • This specialist product provides a long-lasting anti-viral barrier designed to kill bacteria and viruses
      • This shall be re-applied every 21-28 days
  • Spraying of all rooms, corridors, social spaces, toilets etc. using specialist fogging equipment.

During term time routine and enhanced cleansing of all major touchpoints will continue throughout the day during term time. Hand sanitiser will be widely available along with spray disinfectant and paper towels to complete spot cleaning as required.

When attending our campuses

When you are attending our campuses, you will see or need to do the following.

  • 70 wall mounted hand sanitiser stations have been installed in total across all campuses
  • Everyone will need to wash or sanitise their hands upon arrival
  • “One Way” or “Keep Left” systems and signage to aid the flow of traffic and reduce crowding
  • Each classroom has a 2m demarcated zone for teacher use only to help teachers and students maintain social distance, so students can learn safely
  • Student Card Register pads near to classroom entrances to enable students to register attendance without entering the 2m demarcation zone
  • Installation of fire door retainers, where permitted by fire regulations, allowing for the automatic holding open of fire doors to reduce the need for you to touch and open the door (but which will close automatically in the event of a fire)
  • Installation of transparent screens in specific locations to reduce the risk of infection where students routinely interact with College staff members or other students; e.g. at Receptions, Student Services desks etc. (and between IT equipment where it is not possible to avoid a seating arrangement where students would be facing each other)
  • Removal of as much soft furnishings as possible to create extra space and enable cleaning of remaining soft surfaces
  • Creation of COVID cleaning top-up stations across each campus, stocked with spray disinfectant and paper towels to be used on a self-service basis if or when needed
    Wipes and/or appropriate cleaning materials will be provided in rooms where sharing of equipment or normal curriculum-specific activities make this necessary – for example in IT suites and practical subject areas
  • To reduce congregation and the need for mixing between groups staff and students will be encouraged to bring a packed lunch
      • For those unable to do so additional pop up catering outlets have been provided to help with social distancing and to reduce the need for mixing between groups and congregation during breaks
  • College staff members will wear PPE in the form of face visors when they need to; they will wear these whenever they feel the need and where they need to close social distancing, for example, when undertaking duties around the College campus, checking lanyards, or during lesson-based activities.
  • Everyone will be expected to maintain as much social distance as possible when moving around campus.

Face Masks at College

The College requires students to use face coverings when not in lessons and moving between areas of the campus. You should not normally wear a face-covering in lesson unless the activity requires this additional protection. When sitting and studying in a Learning Resource Centre face coverings may be
removed (as in class), but must be replaced when leaving your desk.
Guidance on how to use a face-covering safely is available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-andhow-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own#how-to-wear-a-face-covering.

The key points to remember are:

  • Do not touch the front of the face-covering, or the part of the face-covering that has been in contact with your mouth and nose.
  • Once removed, store reusable face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them. If the face covering is single use, dispose of
    it in a general waste bin. Do not put them in a recycling bin.
  • Make sure you clean any surfaces the face-covering has touched using normal household cleaning products. If eating in a café, for example, it is
    important that you do not place the face-covering on the table.
  • Wash your face covering regularly and follow the washing instructions for the fabric. You can use your normal detergent. You can wash and dry it with
    other laundry. You must throw away your face covering if it is damaged.
  • If you need to dispose of a face covering please use general waste bins - do not place your unwanted face coverings / disposable masks in recycling bins. If you have used a face covering on your way to College or for any other reason you should also carry a small bag or container in which to store your used face-coverings. This will minimise the risk of any cross-contamination from the outside of your face covering within your bag/pocket and onwards elsewhere.

Going Cashless

Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, we would like to inform all of our students that we will be no longer accepting cash as a method of payment for refreshments and meals on any of the three campuses from September 2020.

Payment by card or token will be accepted. Cash will still be accepted in the vending machines.

Student Information Pack

A detailed Student information pack will be sent to all students prior to the start of term setting out what to expect when you attend College, and what the College expects you to do to keep yourself and others safe when you are in College. 

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