Coronavirus update for staff and students
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.
Update for all staff and students (Thursday 8th October)
We have had two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last 48 hours on the Queens Drive campus at New College Swindon; one amongst the adult evening student population and one a non-academic staff member. Any students or staff identified as close contacts have been sent communications advising them to self-isolate for 14 days from the last date of contact with the student or staff member.
The Swindon Borough Council Public Health Team is very satisfied with our responses to the COVID pandemic and we continue to work closely with them when a case is reported. We should stress that we are not considered to have an “outbreak”. In addition, the cases have been identified as having originated in the community rather than at College. We will be reinforcing public health guidance messages with our students and staff across all communication channels with them, including information on “When Should I Stay at Home?” (where family members may be displaying symptoms or awaiting test results).
Update for all staff and students (Friday 2nd October)
We were advised today that there has been a second confirmed case of COVID-19 amongst the student population on the Queens Drive campus at New College Swindon.
We have continued to work with Swindon Borough Council Public Health team and have identified a small group of students as close contacts of the affected student. They have all been sent communications advising them to self-isolate for 14 days from the last date of contact with the student. The small number of staff who were in lessons with the student have also been informed and two have been advised to self-isolate.
Staff, students and parents have all been informed by email. If you have not received an email specifically asking you to self-isolate, then you should attend College as normal following your Week A/B timetable. Emails to parents were sent to the first main parental contact that we have on our student records system - if you have not received an email, then this is because we do not have an email address for you or consent has not been provided for emails to be sent.
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.
Update for all staff and students (Tues 22 September)
We have been advised that there has been a single confirmed case of COVID-19 affecting a staff member on the Queens Drive campus at New College Swindon. We met with Swindon Borough Council’s Public Health team and colleagues from Public Health England yesterday for advice and guidance and continue to work with them. Staff, students and parents were informed by email yesterday.
No close contacts of the staff member have been identified so no-one at the College has been advised to stay at home or self-isolate. The College remains open and all students and staff can continue to attend College as normal. We will keep this under review and we would like to reassure you that the College has stringent procedures in place across its sites to minimise the risk of spread and safeguard students and staff. These include signage, one way systems, allocated entrances, additional hand sanitisers, the wearing of face coverings in corridors and communal areas and additional cleaning rotas throughout the day. “
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)