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Update for 7th January 2022

Happy New Year and welcome to the start of the Spring term.

The safety of our learners and staff is our number one priority and therefore we continue to ensure our measures for controlling COVID-19 throughout our organisation are robust, allowing us to keep you safe and maintain face to face learning.

Below are our COVID-19 control measures that you will be required to follow:

  • All learners and staff are required to continue Lateral Flow Testing twice a week.
  • You will need to upload your Lateral Flow Test result onto the NHS website www.GOV.uk/report-covid19-result
  • This website will automatically send you a text/email with confirmation of your Lateral Flow Test result. It is this text/email that you need to provide to your tutor/assessor as evidence of your negative Lateral Flow Test.
  • Your tutor/assessor will be checking your Lateral Flow Test results.
  • The 10-day self-isolation period has been reduced to 7 days unless you cannot test for any reason. Further clarity on how this will work is included in the FAQ’s below.
  • Face coverings must be worn when moving around the premises, in corridors and communal areas and in classrooms or workshops. If you are exempt you may collect an exemption badge from student services.
  • Face coverings do not need to be worn when outdoors on the premises.

The government guidance on wearing of face coverings in classrooms and other teaching areas is under constant review. I understand these changes, which can happen quite rapidly, can be confusing, therefore we have put together some frequently asked questions. If you need any further guidance, please contact your tutor/assessor who will be happy to assist further.

LANYARDS

A further reminder that all students MUST wear their college lanyard at all times when on college campuses.

EXAMS

Exams scheduled throughout January will proceed as currently planned. Learners will receive notification of the exam arrangements and any health and safety protocols that need to be followed.

Thank you for helping us keep everyone as safe as possible during these challenging times.

Kind regards

Dr Paul Phillips CBE
Principal and Chief Executive

Need more information?

Check our COVID 19 Student FAQ's

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Covid-19 Guidance and support

 

How will I be protected?

Weston College opened its doors back up in June, so we have had the opportunity to effectively implement and trial a robust approach to campus health, safety, wellbeing plans to ensure you are safe when onsite.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Every teaching space and communal area is set-up to ensure you can learn, study and socialise safely
  • Additional cleaning, extra hand-washing and sanitising facilities have been added
  • More staff are on hand to make sure everyone understands and follows the rules
  • Access to the building is through each main reception of the campus only – we are tracking and tracing all staff and students through the scanning of ID badges at barriers
  • Clear signage for a new directional system is displayed to enable safe movement around campuses
  • We have curriculum pods and dedicated zones to limit contact with others onsite
  • Face masks are mandatory in communal spaces and corridors onsite
  • Teachers will wear PPE where there is a requirement for them to work in close proximity to learners to check their work
  • Timetables have been constructed to ensure that you are in for set blocks of time - free periods have been removed where possible to reduce unnecessary movement of students
  • Blended learning (face to face and online) form part of study programmes.
  • Online resources can be accessed through Microsoft Teams, which is the platform that the College uses as its virtual learning environment.
  • We request that staff and students to continue to engage with the Track and Trace App
  • Only necessary staff and students are permitted on campus at present. All other external visitors are unable to attend under the current restrictions, all external meetings will be held virtually.
  • Reporting a COVID absence in the first instance to your tutor and your employer if you are an apprentice or on work experience. All learners will need to keep the College updated on their situation, including new symptoms and most importantly learners cannot return to site until authorised to do so.
  • Students/staff who are clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to study/work from home and not come into College. Individuals in this group will have been identified through a letter from the NHS or from their GP
  • Students/staff who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, but who are not clinically extremely vulnerable themselves, should still attend College.

What we will encourage you to do when you are on campus:
 

  • If you need to cough or sneeze, remember - Catch it! Bin it! Kill it!
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly
  • Limit your movement around the campus and any unnecessary contact where possible
  • Stay in your assigned curriculum pod and learning zone
  • You will be expected to return home following any block of learning
  • Bring and use your own laptop and tablets at College (loan and bursary support is available)
  • Wear your ID badge at all times.

Need more information?

Check our COVID 19 Student FAQ's

Where should I wear a mask?
I am enrolled on a dance or sport course; do I have to wear a mask in these lessons?
What if I’m exempt from wearing a mask?
How often do I need to test?
When do I need to undertake twice weekly?
I have symptoms but tested negative, what should I do?
What if I test positive?
What information do I need to give when I report my positive result?
How long will I be required to isolate?
What if I’m a close contact of someone who has tested positive?

 

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