Nottingham College welcomed its students back to college at the start of the new academic year having successfully held onsite and online enrolments for more than 6000 students throughout August and into September.
With a comprehensive understanding of the Government’s latest guidelines and a team of committed staff, we are ensuring all our campuses are safe, with robust protocols and procedures in place to protect students and staff.
It continues to be a stressful time as we navigate the changing restrictions and guidance issued following the government’s launch of its new three tier system.
Whilst Nottingham continues to see a rising number of Covid cases within its population, here at Nottingham College we are only seeing a relatively small number and where we do, we are successfully isolating these cases and managing things locally. That’s because we are operating at 50% capacity at any given time, with students forming small bubbles with roughly half their classmates. We’re also asking students to wear masks on campus when in communal areas and we have laid out our classrooms to keep desks apart. Hand sanitising stations are in place in corridors and receptions, our toilets are operating a one in one out system and our corridors are either one way only or laned to ensure social distancing guidelines can be followed.
Campus cafes and libraries also have protocols in place to keep students safe too.
Our students, when not in college, are learning remotely from home, either online or with pre-printed materials.
We are confident we can keep students safe whilst on campus but we need our students to take responsibility for their own safety and wellbeing when they are not with us.
Please help us to reiterate the following guidance:
- Wear a mask in shops, communal areas and on public transport
- Do not mix in groups of more than six and do not mix households. This means not gathering with groups of friends/family when not in college
- Keep you distance when out and about and wash your hands regularly.
- If you feel unwell, please do not attend college.
These measures will help to keep our infection rate low, enable us to manage and isolate cases when we do get them and ultimately keep our campuses open for learning.
What happens if there are cases involving my child?
The College is notified about cases affecting our staff or student population. If a staff member begins to feel unwell or receives a positive test, that staff member is immediately isolated at home. We review their movements and trace who, if anyone, has come into contact with the staff member. If there is any possibility that social distancing has been breached or that there is any risk of possible spread to your child, we notify you by email or letter and advise you on what to do. Your child will also be emailed.
If there has been a confirmed case connected to your child’s class or tutor, we will also notify you. If we believe the case has been isolated with no risk to your child we will advise your child to continue to come into college as per their timetable.
Both of these processes have been endorsed by Public Health England.
Nottingham College extends its gratitude to all parents who are dealing with difficult circumstances, particularly around balancing work, possible loss of work, childcare, caring for relatives and dealing with those who are potentially sick. We will do our best to keep our operations going and all our campuses open but will only do so if it is safe. Here you can find out more about what we’re doing to keep students safe on campus.
What to do if you or your child develops symptoms of COVID-19
If you or your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 (see below), they must not come to college.
Instead they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and should be arranged online or by calling 119.
All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’. Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. This advice should be followed if your child, or anyone in your household, develops Covid symptoms. Further information is available from the GOV.UK website.
The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
Further information is available at from the NHS website