NEW: Important update about return to College and Covid testing
The below guidance replaces all previous instructions regarding the return to the College in January 2021 – please read carefully.
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The Department for Education yesterday confirmed that the start of the new term will be staggered for students. The Spring term will still start from 4th January, with online remote learning for most students and a staggered re-entry to the College campus for others. This will be dependent on your type and level of study and residential status (home or halls). Details are outlined below.
The intention is to quickly set up on campus Lateral Flow Testing facilities that has the capacity to test all students and staff, as early as possible on their return to the College. With the new strain of virus that is currently spreading throughout the country, it is critical that all education providers are able to provide testing of Covid-19 in order to manage the spread. We strongly encourage everyone to take the test on campus as soon as it is possible.
College level / further education students
College level students (unless instructed otherwise, below) are to work from home for the first two weeks of the term from Monday 4th January – Friday 15th January. All classes will be delivered online, following each individual student’s timetable. Instructions about returning to campus from Monday 18th January will be shared soon.
Students who have exams during the first two weeks of term should come on to campus for their normal timetable to prepare for exams and to revise, following individual student timetables. Exams will still be taking place on campus as planned.
Students with an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan)
Students who have an EHCP are allowed to come on to campus during the first two weeks of term, following their individual timetable, if they wish. However, students with an EHCP can chose to study from home online, if they prefer.
If a student with an EHCP would like to attend the College campus during the first two weeks of term, please let your course manager and Anna Campion (email@example.com) know the days you will be attending the College.
Students who are considered vulnerable, studying a Foundation Level course or have parents / carers who are key workers
Students who are considered vulnerable, studying a Foundation Level* course or have parents / carers who are key workers, are allowed to come on to campus during the first two weeks of term, following their individual timetable, if they wish. However, these students can choose to study from home online, if they prefer.
If a student who is considered vulnerable, studying a Foundation Level course or has parents / carers who are key workers would like to attend the College campus during the first week of term, please let your course manager and Anna Campion (firstname.lastname@example.org) know the days you will be attending the College.
*Please note: Foundation Level students who are eligible to come on to campus are those who study at Level 1 and / or have an EHCP.
Where possible, students may return to their halls from Sunday 3rd January 2021. These students are eligible to book a College Covid test from 2:00pm on this day. Please refer to the last communication which was sent before the Christmas break which explains how to book a testing slot, ideally before they re-enter their halls.
Teaching will be delivered online during the first two weeks of term. All residential students will have full access to the LRC and IT equipment so that their on-line learning can still be accessed on campus. Normal catering facilities will also be open during this time.
University Centre / higher education students
University level study programmes will be delivered online until at least the 18th of January, so for the first two weeks of term – Monday 4th January – Friday 15th January initially, at which point the situation will be reviewed and new guidance issued. Students should follow their normal timetable, accessing classes online during this time.
Residential university level students can return to the campus from Sunday 3rd January, as previously communicated, although they should consider if this is necessary.
Where students do not have a quiet space to study at home or where they need to access college-based assistance, such as mental health or learning support, students should come back into halls. We will be open to all residential and non-residential students in these situations but there will be no face-to-face sessions. Anyone coming on to site as a residential student or to use the facilities will need to be tested. This is in keeping with the current government advice, although as anticipated this keeps changing. Access to the College’s LRC and IT facilities will be available so students can access classes online. Normal catering facilities will also be open during this time.
Further information can be found in a letter that was sent 30th December, from Michelle Donelan MP Minister of State for Universities – click here.
University level students are eligible to book a College Covid test from 2:00pm Sunday 3rd January – please refer to the direct communication that was sent before the Christmas break for details about how to book a testing slot, ideally before they re-enter join their first class.
Safety on campus: All College Covid-19 safety measures MUST be adhered to when you return to the College in January 2021.
Face coverings MUST be worn in all communal areas, unless you are eating or have a valid exemption. Wash your hands frequently and use the hand sanitisers which are located across the College. Keep your distance from one another and follow social distance principles.
All of the above safety measures MUST also be followed when travelling to and from the College. Students MUST wear a face covering on College buses for the full journey to and from the College, unless you have valid exemption.
Covid-19 National Testing Programme – Campus Asymptomatic Test Site
The Government has now strengthened its intension to deliver a national Covid Testing Programme in all education settings. It was announced yesterday that colleges MUST offer on campus testing for ALL students and staff.
Before Christmas, the College worked quickly to establish a phased plan to deliver testing for students and staff. We are now looking to increase our capacity to make sure that ALL students and staff can access testing as early as possible.
For the first phase, residential and higher education students are entitled to a rapid Covid-19 Lateral Flow Test upon their return to College, free of charge. Testing will be available from Sunday 3rd January overflow dining room within the Wordsworth building at Riseholme Parks, which will be clearly signposted on arrival.
The tests will be administered on campus and are delivered by NHS Test and Trace.
They are for people who do not present any symptoms of Covid-19 – we strongly encourage all eligible students to take the test.
We will communicate how all other students can access testing as early as possible in January.
If you have symptoms of Covid-19 please do not return to the College and arrange for a test through your local test centre.
Tests take approximately 10 minutes for registration and testing. Results will be sent via text message approximately 30 minutes after the test has been completed.
I would like to thank you for your understanding and patience during this time and for your support to work with the College to help manage the spread of the virus.
Who should I contact if I have a question about the above information?
If you have a question that needs urgent attention, please contact either Kate Calvert, Deputy Principal (email@example.com) or Ann Paling, Assistant Principal (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also contact your course manager who will pick up emails from Monday 4th January 2021.
Do I have to be tested?
No, testing is not compulsory, although we strongly encourage everyone to take this opportunity to help reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus and keep our college community safe.
Who can be tested?
The first phase of on-campus testing is open to ALL residential and higher education students studying at Riseholme College, as long as you DO NOT have symptoms of Covid-19.
The second phase of testing will start mid-way through January 2021, where ALL students will be able to take the tests.
How do I book a test?
For the first phase of Covid testing, all tests must be booked via iLearn. You should book 1 time slot for your first test, which should ideally be arranged prior to entering your hall. Your second test will be booked for you when you arrive for your first test.
Please make sure that arrive on time for your test. Further information will be provided as soon as possible, regarding the roll out of the second phase of testing for ALL students.
Where will testing take place?
Tests will be taken at the Riseholme Parks campus in the overflow dining room within the Wordsworth Building, which will be clearly signposted on arrival.
Residential students who choose to take a test
Where possible, residential students who choose to take a test should go straight to the Wordsworth building BEFORE collecting their key or visiting other areas of the campus.
If you are being brought back to the College by a parent / carer, please be aware that only one other person will be able to help you move back into residence.
Face coverings MUST be worn at all times in communal areas on campus, unless you are exempt.
Where possible, if you travel by private car, we ask that you return to your car to wait for the results of your test and do not move around the campus. The test should take approximately half an hour to process. If your result is negative, collect your keys for your room from the warden’s office. If your result is positive, please return home and follow Government self-isolation guidance.
If you travel by public transport or taxi, you will be directed to a waiting area until your result is processed. If your result is negative, collect your keys for your room from the warden’s office. If the result is positive, you will be escorted to your room by a warden and will be expected to self-isolate in your room, following Government self-isolation guidance.
If you are a non-residential higher education student and choose to have a test, please book a slot, where possible, prior to your first class. You will be asked to wait in a designated area until you receive your results. After taking the test please observe social distancing and other measures prior to receiving your result.
What else do I need to know?
Please bring a CHARGED UK mobile phone with you to help with registering and receiving your test results.
By taking a test, you are helping your friends, family and student community to stay safe and reduce the spread of the virus. Once you have taken your test, you should continue to follow safety measures and limit your contact with others where possible.
The College is committed to delivering first-class, first-choice education to all and will do everything possible to keep you and our college community safe. Thank you for your time and for your commitment to keeping our college community working.