New Guidance for colleges on the national restrictions from 5th November 2020

New Guidance for colleges on the national restrictions from 5th November 2020

Around 4pm on Wednesday 4th November the college received the following guidance: 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/education-and-childcare-settings-new-national-restrictions-from-5-november-2020?utm_source=4%20November%202020%20C19&utm_medium=Daily%20Email%20C19&utm_campaign=DfE%20C19#further-education-and-apprenticeships 

Essentially this means business as usual for the college. 

 

All College Sites Open 

All college sites are covid secure and open as usual and you can attend on site. 

You can view the College’s COVID-19 Risk Assessment here 

 

16-19 Study Programmes 

The guidance states that "For 16 to 19 study programmes, providers should continue to seek to deliver the majority of education on site unless they have had written public health advice to move some groups to remote teaching". We do not have such advice so for 16 to 19 study programmes we will therefore continue delivery as we currently are doing as this already should include on site delivery and some element of remote delivery where appropriate. Please contact your tutor or student mentor if you need further support or guidance. 

 

Adults 

However, the guidance above asks colleges to consider moving adult courses to online teaching where it is possible to do so while still achieving educational objectives. We will therefore be moving some adult course to online provision for this limited period of national restrictions and your tutor will contact you if this affects you. Please contact your tutor if you need further support or guidance. 

 

Apprentices 

We understand that apprentices of all ages and workplace training will be affected by any new workplace restrictions introduced by employers in response to the national lockdown and we will support you to continue your apprenticeship and training either onsite or remotely whichever is most appropriate. Please contact your tutor or assessor if you will have difficulty attending as normal.  

 

Local Case numbers  

As at 04/11/20 the official number of cases per 100,000 in South Kesteven is lower than the national average currently and has declined in the latest data available. Although the new lockdown restrictions will cause difficulties they should reduce transmission further in South Kesteven as well as elsewhere and reduce the risk of transmission on or off site making us all safer so they are something to be welcomed rather than make us more anxious.   

 

Vulnerable students and recording attendance 

If you consider that you are in a vulnerable category which will prevent you attending please do let your tutor or student mentor know so we can authorise your absence and we can continue to support you remotely and mark your remote attendance where appropriate. If students fail to attend without contacting the college to explain the reason this will automatically be marked as unauthorised absence. 

 

Students who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) should not attend college. 

The guidance on CEV can be found at:  

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19#cev 

 

Face coverings 

The guidance states that in further education colleges, face coverings should be worn by adults and students when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, in corridors and communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained. 

Face coverings should also be worn when travelling on public transport or dedicated transport to these settings. 

Some individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings and we will encourage all to be sensitive to those needs but you must wear a face covering if you can. 

The college will continue to do all we can to support our students at this difficult time and we thank you for your compliance with the new restrictions and your understanding. 

 

 

Public facing facilities 

The guidance states: “Public facing facilities that are used for the purposes of training, for example hair salons, restaurants and gyms, should no longer be open to members of the general public from 5 November in line with the closure of these businesses in the wider community.” Therefore 

R&R Hair and Beauty Salon is closed 

The Appletree restaurant is closed 

 

We have received official advice that our Daybreak day care facility can remain open. 

Our gym and sports facilities are not available to the public and rooms and our bar and refectory are not available for hire.