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.
A further reminder that all students MUST wear their college lanyard at all times when on college campuses.
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.
Dr Paul Phillips CBE
Principal and Chief Executive
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?
Masks are required throughout the college including classrooms areas.
I am enrolled on a dance or sport course; do I have to wear a mask in these lessons?
You will not be required to wear a mask in these lessons.
Please note, tutors/assessors do not need to wear a mask where they need project their voice for your safety.
What if I’m exempt from wearing a mask?
You won’t be required to wear a mask if you are exempt, please collect an exemption card from student welfare and present this where required.
How often do I need to test?
As a minimum, you should continue to undertake a Lateral Flow Test twice weekly before coming to college. Please always report your results through the NHS www.GOV.uk/report-covid19-result.
When do I need to undertake twice weekly?
Tests should be taken Sunday’s and Wednesday’s or more regularly.
I have symptoms but tested negative, what should I do?
If you are experiencing COVID symptoms you should arrange a PCR test. Lateral Flow Test are to be used when you are not experiencing symptoms. If your PCR is negative, you can return to learning as long as you are feeling well.
What if I test positive?
In addition to reporting to the NHS, you should report all positive results to your tutor/assessor, and they will advise you on next steps.
What information do I need to give when I report my positive result?
• The date you tested positive
• What testing method was used LFT/PCR
• What date your symptoms started (if at all)
• What date you were last in the college
How long will I be required to isolate?
Your isolation period will be between 5-10 days. You may now take Lateral Flow Tests to end your isolation period from day 6. Two consecutive negative Lateral Flow Test taken 24 hours apart from day 5 onwards, means you will be able to end your isolation from the second negative result. If your isolation period ends on day 6, we recommend you are vigilant and take sensible precautions.
NB: your isolation period starts on ‘day 0’, this is the day you first test positive (via Lateral Flow Test or PCR) or when you first developed symptoms.
What if I’m a close contact of someone who has tested positive?
The action required will depend on your age and your vaccination status. If you are under the age of 18 or you have received full vaccination or are medically exempt from vaccination (with evidence from a medical authority) you will not be required to isolate, but you will be required to take daily Lateral Flow Tests for a period of 7 days.
If you are above the age of 18 and have not received full vaccination, you will be required to isolate for 10 full days from your last point of contact with the positive case.
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