safe cover

Your health, safety and well-being are our number one priority. We have implemented a number of measures, in line with government guidelines, to ensure that you, other students and our staff members remain safe during the pandemic.

 

How we keep each other safe

Bubbles
Teaching Groups

Mixing between different groups of students will continue to be kept to a minimum, in order to reduce close contacts. These “bubbles” allow us to limit the spread of any potential outbreak. Breaks and lunchtimes will be staggered and movement around college is being kept to a minimum.

Masks and face coverings
Masks and face coverings

You are asked to wear a mask or face covering in communal areas, when moving about the building or in classrooms where social distancing cannot be maintained.


Please note that some members of the college community may be unable to wear a mask or face covering due to health or disability reasons.

Timetables and access to college
One-way system and access

Timetable have been carefully considered to limit the number of people on site at any one time. Please do not attend the college campus outside of these allocated days.


Please follow the one-way system where possible.

Window
Cleaning and ventilation

Our rooms and facilities will continue to be cleaned to a high standard and, wherever possible, all College rooms should be kept well ventilated by opening external windows and internal doors.


Remember to wash your hands regularly and use the sanitising stations. 

Test
COVID Testing

All staff and students should continue to undertake two weekly Lateral Flow (LFD) tests at home and report the results. When students return to College in September, they will be asked to complete two on-site LFD tests, 3 to 5 days apart.


How to take the tests

Mental Wellbeing
Mental Wellbeing

Many of our staff are trained in mental health first aid and are able to support you in coping with this challenging situation.


We also have a qualified Wellbeing Mentor who can support students who are struggling with mental health issues, as well as links with specialist organisations.

 

If you have symptoms / close contact with a positive case

From Monday 16 August, unvaccinated young people up to the age of 18 years and 6 months and fully vaccinated adults, are no longer required to self-isolate if they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, however, should you or any member of your household show any symptoms of COVID-19, you should take a test and follow the government guidelines on self-isolation.

Symptoms include:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

You should also self-isolate straight away if:

  • you have tested positive for COVID-19
  • someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive (unless you are not required to self-isolate)
  • you have been told to self-isolate following contact with someone who tested positive

Please report any COVID-19 related symptoms and absence immediately, via our attendance hotline on 07785 511267 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (these accounts are monitored 7-days a week).

Students needing to self-isolate will be provided with online learning activities.

Get vaccinated

Everyone aged 16 or over is now able to be vaccinated in order to be protected against COVID-19. Vaccination Centres are operating across the region, including Newbury College. To find out more visit nhs.uk

Download the NHS COVID-19 app today

The free NHS COVID-19 app is a vital part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England, and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service.

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