COVID-19:
KEEPING YOU SAFE

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

KEEPING YOU SAFE

With COVID-19 infection rates across the Hampshire region recording a sharp increase in recent weeks we continue to monitor our safety measures and adjust these in line with government guidance and best practice to ensure we provide the safest possible environment for students and staff. We are conscious that many parents/carers and students may have concerns about a return to college, and our current teaching plans may change in line with the latest government guidance and our satisfaction that we can safely educate students whilst minimising potential risks associated with the spread of COVID-19. Our staff continue to rigorously risk assess our site and the full provision map and our risk assessment for this can be found here for your reference.

RETURN TO COLLEGE INFORMATION – JANUARY 2022

Students returning to college following the winter break will continue to access a full onsite timetable. Appropriate safety measures will remain in place, including the wearing of face coverings in classes and communal areas. Access to hand sanisters will be provided and social distancing will be enforced.

All students will be provided with Lateral Flow Tests to that can completed at home. If you have any queries regarding the return of students please email info@stvincent.ac.uk

COVID LATERAL TESTING

Please click here for Privacy Notice and further information
 
SOCIAL DISTANCING AT COLLEGE
 
The Deputy Chief Medical Officer has noted that cases are rising in the age group 17-21 where they do not practice social distancing. As such we actively encourage all students to maintain social distancing where possible and in our classrooms we are configuring spaces to maximise the physical distance between students whilst enabling them to have a full education experience. All students must follow instructions from staff, signs and posters, including floor markings for guidance. This includes breaks, lunchtimes and whilst travelling to and from college.
 
SOCIAL DISTANCING OUTSIDE OF COLLEGE
 
Students should avoid forms of physical contact when socialising outside of College with friends. During periods where students are socialising with friends, they should keep a safe distance, meet in small numbers (no more than six if meeting socially outside of the College), choose less crowded places and outside areas where possible.
 
FACE COVERINGS
 
Face coverings are now required in classrooms, workshops, corridors and communal areas to help reduce the potential risk of Covid transmission unless students / staff are exempt. We believe that wearing face coverings further enhance the preventative measures we have already put in place to mitigate risk as much as possible. Face coverings will also need to be worn during exams and formal assessments.
 
WASH HANDS REGULARLY
 
Washing hands with soap and water remains one of the most effective preventative measures and we expect all students, staff and visitors to continue to wash their hands regularly. We have made sure that all bathrooms in the College have robust soap products and we have installed hand sanitiser dispensers across the three college campuses, as well as distributing small bottles of hand sanitiser (which can be refilled and reused) to staff and students to wear on their lanyards.
 
GUIDANCE REGARDING COLLEGE ATTENDANCE
 
Students need to attend all classes where they are able to do so.

Do not come to College if you have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms:

  • A raised temperature and/or,
  • A new and continuous cough and/or,
  • loss of smell or taste.

SHOULD I SELF-ISOLATE?

If you are unsure whether or not you should self-isolate please find a link to the latest government guidance here:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/

Within the guidance the following would be deemed reasons for a student to self-isolate:

  • they have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • they have tested positive for coronavirus – this means they have coronavirus
  • they live with someone who has symptoms or tested positive
  • someone in their support bubble has symptoms or tested positive
  • they are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
  • they arrive in the UK from a country with a high coronavirus risk

If you have any queries regarding these safety measures please email info@stvincent.ac.uk

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