Guidance on Coronavirus
Our response to the demands of the Covid 19 outbreak.
Government guidance states residential students should keep movement between college and home to an absolute minimum.
As BTEC exams have been cancelled, residential students must consider whether they wish to remain in halls or return home.
Riseholme College is running scheduled BTEC exams today, in line with guidance from the Department for Education, rather than cancel at very short notice.
Full safety measures have been put in place to enable students to take exams in a secure environment and attendance has very much been down to individual choice.
However, in light of the fact that many people do not feel comfortable about coming into the College for their exams, we have taken the decision to cancel all BTEC and City & Guilds Functional Skills exams and assessments from tomorrow, Thursday 7th January.
The Government announced last night that a third national lockdown is essential to help to protect the NHS.
This communication is intended to outline the college’s position and operating measures up to Friday 12th February, when the situation will be reviewed.
The Government made new announcements yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 30th December) regarding the return to college in January 2021.
The guidance replaces all previous instructions regarding the return to the College in January 2021 – please CLICK HERE to view.
The safety and welfare of our students, staff and wider community is our number one priority. We are thrilled to have staff and students back on campus - a wide range of new safety measures have been implements to make sure we maintain a Covid Safe environment where ever it is possible.
Here you find information about the measures we have put in place. Please be aware that these are our initial arrangements and we will be constantly reviewing and adapting to maintain the safest campus possible.
As always, our priority is to make sure our campus is as safe as possible, minimise the risk to everyone onsite, and follow official guidance. The UK Government has announced new national restrictions from Thursday 5 November. In line with the Government’s announcement, the College will remain open for both residential and non-residential students, continuing to operate in a COVID-secure way.
If you currently travel from home to the College on a daily basis you should continue to do so, but please keep to our rules on safe travel, so that you and your fellow passengers stay as safe as possible (e.g. ensure that you are wearing a face mask at all times*).
*Unless you have a medical exemption
Please read our Covid Safe Induction Brief so you are aware of the measures we have put in place that everyone should follow on campus and when travelling to the college. Measures include:
- One way system around the buildings to support social distancing. Clear way finding and advice signage is displayed around the campus.
- Blended teaching models to deliver hands on practical experience and theory based learning. A blend of face-to-face contact and digital delivery will ensure consistent, quality teaching and learning
- Cashless campus
- Track and trace
- Covid safe accommodation provision
How will my lessons and lectures be delivered?
The College continuing to maintain a balance of online and face-to-face teaching in a COVID-secure way, based on the overall assessment of current public health risks.
We are well known for providing high level practical vocational skills in a realistic work environment. Consequently, we have chosen to continue to do this as normally as possible. To allow this to happen and to comply with government guidance, some theory sessions will initially be delivered online. Online learning will still be supported by academic staff and teaching, support and guidance for all students will continue to be at the heart of all we do. Employing a mix of face-to-face teaching and remote delivery allows us to keep social distancing in place and ensure a consistent and adaptable delivery.
We would like to give our assurance that digital learning will be supervised and interactive. Students can access digital delivery on-site in designated spaces or from home to fulfil this work. Clear communication channels are in place so that students can get the support they need whether on site or working from home. have and will have the advantage of staff support and supervision in a purpose-built learning environment.
The College has extensive IT facilities across our sites, so no student will be disadvantaged in any way. All students will be assessed at the start of the term to see if they require additional support - this will also be provided at College.
We know employers increasingly value digital skills and clearly, they are the future. The College has therefore taken the decision to view the recent changes that the Covid outbreak have demanded, as an opportunity for our students to accelerate digital skill development.
It is our intention to review how we continue to deliver theory sessions after the Autumn half term and, of course, the College will communicate plans as they develop.
Teaching for college level students from September:
Teaching will take place on campus 2 days per week, with 1 day per week being remote/online. The remote learning day, which will still be supported our staff may include online lectures, group work or 1:1 tutorials. For this, students will need access to a mobile phone/laptop/tablet/computer with internet access. If you have any concerns about, please talk to your course tutor during induction week so that support can be made available.
Teaching for university level students from September:
Please download our Blended Learning Model to read full details about our teaching delivery plans from September 2020 for university level programmes.
Will I be able to use the catering outlets?
Yes, our catering services will continue to be provided on site for residential students and non-residential students during the day.
Please ensure you continue to follow the COVID-safe measures in place in our outlets: wear a face mask unless you are eating or drinking, use the hand sanitisers provided, follow the one-way systems in place and maintain social distancing.
Will I be able to use College transport?
Yes, all students will be able to access the College bus routes free of charge with their bus pass.
Bus routes for buses currently remain the same, but may be subject to some minor changes dependant on numbers using the buses and social distancing guidelines. The buses will operate at normal capacity, but we will review this and put any relevant measures in place.
Bus times are provided by the respective bus companies and are subject to change. Bus times are approximate so please be at the bus stop early. We accept no responsibility for any change to the service or reliability of the service.
If you can get to College by another means for example by cycling or a lift from parents, these options should be considered.
If you use the College buses, or any public transport, you must follow current government guidance. We request that face coverings (no scarves) are worn on transport at all times, unless you are medically exempt. If you are medically exempt, we ask that you please wear a badge or lanyard showing this. You will be required to provide this.
College buses will be steam cleaned every night, with handles and key areas wiped down by the driver after use.
Students should not sit immediately behind the driver. Where possible, please sit at least one seat apart from any other passengers.
We ask that, as a minimum, hands are sanitised upon arrival at the college. Hand sanitiser and spare face masks will be available at the bus terminal, along with bins for any face coverings that cannot be re-used.
Please note that some of our routes are operated by external companies, who may enforce additional requirements.
What measures are in place for students living in residential accommodation?
In addition to our high-quality student care, we will be introducing new measures in our halls of residence from September. These include:
- An in-depth student residential induction which also includes directions to students on the prevention of Covid-19. All residential students will be expected to maintain a clean and tidy bedroom and for those who are in standard accommodation, specific guidance on using these facilities.
- The provision of additional cleaning regimes in halls of residence, particularly in communal areas.
- All students will have easy access to hand sanitisers and cleaning products and guidance on how to use these.
- Students will be instructed to not enter any other hall other than the one they live in.
- All the above aspects are under constant review in line with government guidance and may alter as the academic year progresses.
- Students will be expected to report to staff immediately, any changes to their health or any concerns relating to their welfare.
Under the new national restrictions from 5 November, the government will be requiring everyone to stay at their current home, except for specific purposes. This means residential students should not leave the College to return home between 5 November and 2 December unless one of the following reasons apply:
- For education
- For work
- For exercise and recreation outdoors
- For medical reasons or appointments
- To escape injury or harm (including mental health crises)
- To provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer
Can I socialise with other students?
Everyone must follow the national guidance. To keep yourself, and those around you safe, it is vital that you limit your physical contact as much as possible.
As of 5 November, this means that you must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household - meaning the people you live with, or in your support bubble.
What do I do if I need support?
The Student Services team are on hand to help if you’re having any difficulties related to your mental health and wellbeing or a disability.
Students who are clinically extremely vulnerable should follow the individual advice provided to them by their doctor. Please contact your Course Manager if this applies to you.