A COVID-Secure College: March 2021 Reopening

How Grantham College will reopen safely from 8 March 2021.

A COVID-Secure College: March 2021 Reopening


How Grantham College will reopen safely in the Spring/Summer terms

The below guidance applies from the 08 March 2021. It is subject to changes in Governmental and local directives.


From 08 March 2021, teaching at Grantham College will resume on our COVID- secure campus.  Some elements of our curriculum will continue to be delivered remotely to enable us to limit the number of students on our sites at any one time. Student timetables will clarify which lessons are on campus and which are remote.



 If you have not yet applied for a course please do so via the College website. If you need assistance with the application process please ring 01476 400200 where our Advice and Guidance Team will be available to assist.



 Following Government guidelines, it is a national priority for all students to return to educationinschoolsandcolleges08 March 2021.Thisistominimiseasfaraspossible the longer-term impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on young people’s education, wellbeing and widerdevelopment.


College attendance will therefore be mandatory again from the 08 March 2021, and our usualpracticesofweeklyrecording,monitoring,andfollowingupnon-attendancewith Student Mentors and the normal sanctions willrecommence.


Self-Isolating and Shielding

Asmallnumberofstudentswillstillbeunabletoattendinlinewithpublichealthadvice because they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves, or because they are a close contact of someone who has Coronavirus. They should let their Student Mentor know that they are self-isolating, provide the relevant dates, and plan to recommence attending College following the designated period of self-isolation if and when clear of symptoms.


The Government’s shielding policy is in place until 31st March 2021, subject to a continued decline in the rates of community transmission of Coronavirus. This means that the small number of students who remain on the shielded patient list can also return to College, as can those who have family members who are shielding.


Prevention on Campus

Lateral Flow Testing – ‘Asymptomatic Testing’

All students are encouraged to take part in Lateral Flow Testing to identify those who are infectious but do not have COVID-19 symptoms.


Information is in place across our buildings reminding students and staff of the following keymessages:


  • Wear a face covering whilst on the College site and in the classroom
  • Maintain socialdistance of 2 metres
  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water, orsanitize
  • Avoid touching yourface
  • For coughs and sneezes: Catch It, Bin It, KillIt


If you develop these symptoms – new persistent cough, temperature, loss of taste or smell: Inform staff, who will arrange for you to leave campus and self-isolate following the latest Government guidelines.


Itisvitallyimportantthatstudents,staffandotheradultsfollowGovernmentguidelines if they have Coronavirus symptoms, or have recently testedpositive.


Anyone developing those symptoms during the day will be sent home. As Public Health England has stated – routinely taking the temperature of individuals is not recommended as it is an unreliable method for identifying Coronavirus. For this reason, we will not systematically be taking everyone’s temperature on entering and leaving College. However, we will take your temperature if you are experiencing Coronavirus symptoms and have been asked to return home.


IfyoudevelopsymptomsawayfromCollege,youmustinformyourStudentMentoror telephone 01476 400200, and follow the Government advice regarding self-isolation. Ifyouliveinasharedhousehold,youmustself-isolatefor10 days.


‘Bubbles’ and Social Distancing

 All students at Grantham College will be assigned to a ‘bubble’. This will typically comprise students in the same subject area (e.g. Construction students will form one ‘bubble’; Health and Social Care students will form a separate and different ‘bubble’, and so on). Students are required to remain within their ‘bubble’ while in College, including at breaks and lunch-times. To help identify separate ‘bubbles’, all students have been provided with colour-coded ‘bubble’ lanyards. When in the ‘bubble’, wherever possible, students should continue to follow the 2m social distancing guidelines.


Corridors have been clearly marked where there are one-way systems. Priority-flow signage for stairwells, entrances and exits are in place. Students and staff are askednottoloiter,formgroupsoutsideofsubject-areabubbles,orsitincorridors,and signs are in place asreminders. 


All lifts are limited to one person at a time and should only be used by those with mobility issues.


Careful timetabling including, where possible, staggered break times and staggered start and finish times will reduce the number of students on our sites at any one time.


Numberswillbelimitedatanyonetimeincommunalareaslikeourlibrary.Doorsigns will display maximum occupancy of teaching and non-teachingrooms.


Our Refectory is open offering a takeaway service.


Our security staff and COVID-19 marshall will work with our wider staff to ensure distancing is maintained across College.


Clean Hands

 Washing hands is essential to combat against Coronavirus. This can be done with soap and running water or hand sanitiser. Staff and students must ensure they clean theirhandsthoroughlyandatregularintervals,includingwhentheyarriveatoursites, when they return from breaks, when they change rooms and before and after eating. To help we this wehave:


  • Installed advice on effective hand-washing in all toiletareas
  • Installed hand-hygiene stations across all of oursites
  • Placed reminders on frequently touched equipment to remind staff and students to wash their hands orsanitise.


‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’

 The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach continues to be very important and we will be promoting it across all of our sites. We will ensure enough tissues and bins are availabletosupportourstudentsandstafftofollowthisroutine.Aswithhandcleaning, we will ensure those with complex needs are helped to get this right. Strict rules will beinplacetopreventspittingonanyofoursites.Studentswithcomplexneedswillbe supported to help them achievethis.


Face Coverings

 Face coverings are required at all times on public transport and in shops and food outlets when not dining-in.


As of the 08 March 2021, face coverings are required whilst on the College site and in the classroom


Enhanced Cleaning

 We will ensure that all classroom and office spaces are cleaned to a high standard daily.Toiletswillbecheckedandcleanedregularly.Checkingscheduleswillbevisible in all toilets so users can see when they were lastcleaned.


In classrooms and workshops, students will be encouraged to take responsibility for the cleanliness of their workstation and equipment with their tutors, helping them to clean equipment before use. All frequently touched equipment will be cleaned daily.


Our staff will be encouraged to sanitise their own desk spaces, computer equipment andphonesatthebeginningandendoftheirworkingday.Equipmentwillbeprovided to help with this.


What is the Plan for Apprentices?

Our apprenticeship business will continue as normal. We are signing up new apprentices with local firms and college-based learning and workplace visits will continue in line with College and employers’ risk assessments. All assessors/trainers will be required to complete a ‘Visit’ risk assessment prior to travel. As with our students, a blended learning approach will be taken for apprentices, combining in- person visits and remotedelivery.


Travel to and Arrival at College

Whereverpossibleourstudentsshouldavoidpublictransportandwalk,cycleordrive to College. If travelling to College via public transport, please remember it is a Government requirement to wear a face covering. The College does have a safe secure bike storage facility should students wish to use it. Please also refer to the Government’s safer travel guidance forpassengers.


Some start times will be staggered and this will be indicated on our students’ timetables.Wewillbeaskingourstudentstoarriveviatheirdesignatedentrancepoint just in time for their first lesson and not to come to College hours before. We will also askthemtoleaveCollegepromptlyaftertheirlasttimetabledsession.Staggeredstart and finish times will limit contact between students and the widerpublic.