Updated 2 March 2021
Given the current climate, we understand our colleagues will have questions about when college will re-open, and how, after this latest lockdown. We are preparing plans to respond to the recent announcement of the Government to reopen schools and colleges to all students on 8 March 2021.
Consistent with the College Risk Assessment we are aiming to keep on-site presence limited and comply with social distancing in work areas. Please find key information in relation to this below.
The College will reopen to students from 8 March 2021 with priority being given to 16-18-year olds, Apprentices approaching End Point Assessments and outstanding practical assessments, and Higher Education Students, again with practical elements to their course. There will be a blended teaching approach leading to reduced student physical presence on-site.
Similar to previous reopening plans, we will increase the numbers of students/staff on-site to support their learning and allow for engagement in key practical assessments. Managers will notify you if your presence is required on-site and where no such notification is received you should continue to work remotely.
Corporate and support staff will be contacted by their Head of Department/Manager regarding any attendance on-site and continued remote working. We aim to ensure that all staff have some on-site attendance.
In light of key changes to Government guidance/expectations the college has amended a number of its key documents which respond to Covid-19:
Prior to returning in September 2020 all staff completed a pre-return questionnaire, if anything has changed in terms of your response to this questionnaire you should advise the HR Department as soon as possible.
Key Changes for 8 March
The recent Government guidance details a key change for face coverings. Face Coverings in classrooms/workshops will be mandatory for staff and students and will stay in place until at least Easter. In offices/staff workrooms where it is not possible to maintain 2m social distancing, staff will also be required to wear face coverings.
The most recent guidance indicates that visors on their own have been deemed as not suitable in controlling the spread of virus aerosols. Where staff and students wish to retain the visor, they can do so as long as they also wear a face covering. The wearing of a face visor cannot replace the need to wear a face mask, unless you are exempt from wearing a face covering.
Asymptomatic testing is available twice weekly to all staff. You can find out more information in our coronavirus testing section
Information for students, apprentices, parents, staff, stakeholders and employers, and understanding the Coronavirus.