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Covid-19 and life on campus from September 2021

Our number one priority is the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors. We are a culture driven organisation that values kindness and support. In order to keep our community informed, information within this page will be regularly updated and will provide answers to the frequently asked questions that we are asked.

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Please read the information below that relates to you and your level of study – College Level or Degree Level.

 

Safeguarding

During the Covid-19 pandemic, and in any future outbreaks and lockdown situations, Bishop Burton and Riseholme Colleges Safeguarding Team will continue to provide support, advice and guidance to staff and students relating to safeguarding matters during College hours.

Outside of College hours, if you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult is at immediate risk of harm, phone 999 to contact the Police.

Non-urgent alternative out of College hours support can be sought through:

FAQ's and advice for College Level students and applicants

1. Will teaching take place on campus and face-to-face from September 2021

It is our current intention to deliver courses in person on campus from September 2021. We will continue to follow all current government guidance that is relevant to schools and colleges in England.

In order to maintain the safety of students and staff, there may be instances will be online. We have learnt a lot about effective and interactive online delivery during the pandemic and where we see the benefit of remote teaching and learning, we will deliver a blended model of online and in person sessions. For example, during examination periods timetables may be delivered online to allow lessons to continue around the exams. 

Your tutor will provide your full timetable during your induction. Any changes will also be communicated directly by your tutor.

2. Do I need to take a Covid-19 test before starting at College?

To ensure a safe and smooth start to the new academic year, all students should take a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) before arriving on campus. You can order a free LFT online or collection from your local pharmacy.

All test results should be recorded on the Government website. It is the student’s responsibility to record all test results. It is very important to record test results online via the Government website, whether the result is positive, negative or void. This will support the NHS in monitoring the spread and risk of virus, helping to save lives.

DO NOT COME INTO COLLEGE IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19.

On arrival at College during your first Induction session, you will be with LFT kits. You will be expected to take two tests (3-5 days apart). This is to minimise the risk of transmission within our College community. You should continue to test twice weekly until the end of September.

Our ongoing plans for regular asymptomatic testing will take into account current government advice. This will be confirmed in the coming weeks as more information is available.

A testing facility will be available on campus for those who require it – your tutor can advise.

FOR RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS USING ONSITE ACCOMMODATION:

All of the above information regarding testing applies to residential students.

All residential students (and accompanying parent / guardian) must present a negative Lateral Flow Test result before they will be given access to their room. Ideally the test should be taken prior to arrival. If this is not possible, test kits can be provided on campus – but students and accompanying visitors will have to wait until a negative result is produced. If a positive result is recorded, the student will need to return home and follow government guidance.

LFT kits will be provided for all students in their rooms up on arrival.

3. Do I need to wear a face covering on campus and during lessons?

All staff and students are expected to wear a face covering in all communal areas of the campus (unless exempt) – this includes all catering outlets, the LRC and whilst moving around the campus, indoors. 

Students are not expected to wear face coverings in classrooms, but may do so if they wish and feel more comfortable in doing so. 

The wearing of face coverings is not expected in classrooms, where-as it is in communal areas. This is because in classroom settings there is less interaction and close contact.

4. Do I need to wear a face covering on dedicated transport to the College?

Yes. All students who use dedicated college transport must continue to wear face coverings for the duration of their journey, unless exempt. The same applies for the use of public transport. 

5. How and when do I access my Covid-19 vaccincation?

Covid-19 vaccinations currently being rolled out for all 16 to 18 year-olds in England. 

We strongly encourage you to book your vaccination appointment through your GP when you are invited to do so, or attend a ‘walk-in’ vaccination centre where available. The vaccine helps to protect you and others around. The more people that are vaccinated, the sooner we will all be able to resume normality.

A mobile vaccination unit will be on campus in September for those who have not yet had their vaccine. However, this will have a limited capacity so we encourage students to gain access to their vaccinations through their GP or walk-in centres where-ever possible.

Students who study at Riseholme College will be able to access the Covid-19 walk in vaccination centre which is located next door to the Showground campus, in the Lincolnshire Showground.

6. What Covid-19 safety measures will be in place?

We successfully put in place a number of safety measure during the last academic year and will continue with many that are still relevant and help to maintain a safe campus for our College community. Safety measures and precautions may change at short notice and we will be advised by current government guidance. 

Measures include:

  • Testing (before arrival, at induction and ongoing as necessary)
  • Positive encouragement of the Covid-19 vaccination programme
  • Support of the Government Test & Trace system
  • Dedicated Covid-Response team to report positive test results
  • Continued enhanced cleaning and hand washing and sanitisation
  • Good ventilation in classrooms
  • Wearing of face coverings in communal areas of the College or where departmental risk assessments advise
  • Continual assessment and updating of risk assessments to ensure all scenarios and settings have appropriate safety measures in place.

FAQ's and advice for degree level students and applicants

1. Will teaching take place on campus and face-to-face from September 2021?

It is our current intention to deliver courses in person on campus from September 2021. We will continue to follow all current government guidance that is relevant to schools and colleges (and colleges which provide Higher Education) in England.

In order to maintain the safety of students and staff, there may be instances where delivery will be online. We have learnt a lot about effective and interactive online delivery during the pandemic and where we see the benefit of remote teaching and learning, we will deliver a blended model of online and in person sessions. For example, during examination periods timetables may be delivered online to allow lessons to continue around the exams. 

Your programme leader will provide your full timetable during your induction. Any changes will also be communicated directly by your programme leader.

2. Do I need to take a Covid-19 test before starting?

To ensure a safe and smooth start to the new academic year, all students should take a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) before arriving on campus. You can order a free LFT online or collection from your local pharmacy.

All test results should be recorded on the Government website. It is the student’s responsibility to record all test results. It is very important to record test results online via the Government website, whether the result is positive, negative or void. This will support the NHS in monitoring the spread and risk of virus, helping to save lives.

DO NOT COME ONTO CAMPUS IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19. 

On arrival during your first Induction session, you will be provided with LFT kits. You will be expected to take two tests (3-5 days apart). This is to minimise the risk of transmission within our community.

Ongoing plans for regular asymptomatic testing will take into account current government advice. This will be confirmed in the coming weeks as more information is available.

A testing facility will be available on campus for those who require it – your programme leader can advise.

FOR RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS USING ONSITE ACCOMMODATION:

All of the above information regarding testing applies to residential students.

All residential students (and accompanying parent / guardian) must present a negative Lateral Flow Test result before they will be given access to their room. Ideally the test should be taken prior to arrival. If this is not possible, test kits can be provided on campus – but students and accompanying visitors will have to wait until a negative result is produced. If a positive result is recorded, the student will need to return home and follow government guidance.

LFT kits will be in place in all student rooms up on arrival.

3. Do I need to wear a face covering on campus during lessons?

All staff and students are expected to wear a face covering in all communal areas of the campus (unless exempt) – this includes all catering outlets, the LRC and whilst moving around the campus, indoors. 

Students are not expected to wear face coverings in classrooms, but may do so if they wish and feel more comfortable in doing so. 

The wearing of face coverings is not expected in classrooms, where-as it is in communal areas. This is because in classroom settings there is less interaction and close contact.

4. How and when do I access my Covid-19 vaccination?

Covid-19 vaccinations are now available to all adults over 18 in England. 

We strongly encourage you to book your vaccination appointment or attend a ‘walk-in’ vaccination centre as soon as possible. The vaccine helps to protect you and others around. The more people that are vaccinated, the sooner we will all be able to resume normality.

A mobile vaccination unit will be on campus in September for those who have not yet had their vaccine. However, this will have a limited capacity so we encourage students to gain access to their vaccinations through their GP or walk-in centres where-ever possible.

Students at Riseholme College will be able to access the Covid-19 walk in centre that is located next door to the Showground campus, in the Lincolnshire Showground.

5. What Covid-19 safety measures will be in place?

We successfully put in place a number of safety measure during the last academic year and will continue with many that are still relevant and help to maintain a safe campus for our community. Safety measures and precautions may change at short notice and we will be advised by current government guidance. 

Measures include:

  • Testing (before arrival, on at induction and ongoing as necessary)
  • Positive encouragement of the Covid-19 vaccination programme
  • Support of the Government Test & Trace system
  • Dedicated Covid-Response team to report positive test results
  • Continues enhanced cleaning and hand washing and sanitisation. Rooms should be well ventilated
  • Wearing of face coverings in communal areas of the college or where departmental risk assessment advise
  • Continual assessment and updating of risk assessments to ensure all scenarios and settings have appropriate safety measures in place.

Be Safe on Campus

Please read our Covid-19 risk assessment and Covid Data Protection downloads for your reference. 

Covid-19 Risk Assessment

PDF Document (261 KB)

Covid Data Protection

PDF Document (38.7 KB)

Outbreak Management Plan

PDF Document (223 KB)

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