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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 – SEPTEMBER 2021

Students returning to college following the summer break will access a full onsite timetable. Appropriate safety measures will remain in place. Access to hand sanisters will be provided and social distancing will be enforced.

Sixth form students will be offered a Lateral Flow Test prior to their return to the classroom. This is a simple process and a video produced by our Student Voice group demonstrating this can be found here. If you have any queries regarding the return of students please email info@stvincent.ac.uk

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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 not required however, we encourage the use of these in communal areas. We believe that wearing face coverings will further enhance the preventative measures we have already put in place to mitigate as far as possible the transmission of COVID-19 which is why we strongly encourage this but in accordance with government guidance we are not requiring these in classroom settings.

Our top priority is to ensure that the College is a safe environment for all students, staff and visitors.

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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