Coronavirus update for staff and students
Monday 23 November: We have been informed of a confirmed COVID case amongst the staff population at our Queens Drive campus.
Last week (week commencing Monday 16 November) saw a very small number of confirmed cases across both of our campuses. We continue to work closely with the Swindon Borough Council Public Health team; they are very happy with the robust processes we have in place. Following their guidance, we have emailed any identified contacts who need to self-isolate for the recommended period of time and parents (if aged 18 and under). If you (or your young person) have not received this specific email, then you are not affected.
It continues to be the case that we have had no outbreaks in College; the source of infections to date has been family/household members or outside contacts. We will, of course, continue to keep all of our processes and risk assessments under review and follow government guidance.
College remains physically open during national lockdown period
The Government announced on Saturday October 31st that the country will go into lockdown for a period of four weeks from November 5th to December 2nd. Schools, colleges and universities will remain open, however.
"The Government will continue to prioritise the wellbeing and long-term futures of our young people and will not be closing schools, colleges or universities. It remains very important for children and young people to attend, to support their wellbeing and education and help working parents and guardians. Senior clinicians still advise that school is the best place for children to be, and so they should continue to go to school. Schools have implemented a range of protective measures to make them safe."
Taken from the Government's New National restrictions from 5 November.
New College therefore remains physically open across all of its campuses and you should attend lessons as normal. All exams will also be continuing as normal with appropriate safety measures in place.
Hands. Face. Space
The government message has now changed as we must continue to protect each other and remember to wash your hands, cover your face and make space to control the virus.
Information letter for parents from Public Health England (PHE)
Public Health England have produced a letter for schools/colleges PHE - Letter to parents and guardians (PDF, 111KB) to distribute to parents which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are. The intention of the letter is to help prevent children being taken out of school/college unnecessarily and answer some of the questions parents may have around testing.
Information for all daytime students (excluding Access/HE)
Term started for all daytime students on Monday 7th September.
Information for students and parents (PDF, 154KB). An email with this information was also sent to all daytime students on Friday 4th September.
There are also useful instructions on how to use Microsoft Teams for online lessons on the College Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) in the section on IT and VLE Induction.
Sodexo - Our catering supplier has produced information about their health and safety procedures:
- Preparing for a safe return to school in September (PDF, 121KB)
- Safe return to school (Infographic) (PDF, 455KB)