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Advice for Parents and Carers

During the coronavirus pandemic, we will be updating this page with advice and guidance for the parents and carers of students.

All of our Colleges and other provision are now fully open to students. In line with Government guidance, we've been working hard to ensure we remain a Covid-secure organisation. We continue to use a range of measures to achieve this, which include hand sanitising stations, grouping students into bubbles, ensuring that there are no interactions between these bubbles, social distancing and the wearing of masks in certain areas. You can watch our short animation to help you understand what actions we've taken.

We will ensure students continue to receive important updates via email, this webpage, social media channels and our Virtual Learning Environment Moodle.

Any students or staff who are exhibiting the symptoms of coronavirus, such as coughing or a high fever, must not attend any of our Colleges or Business Units or any healthcare setting if there is a risk that they could spread the virus.

Unless an emergency requires them to dial 999, the NHS advice is do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

See Public Health England guidance for the latest information.

 

All of the Group’s Nursery Provision is open as normal.

You can stay up to date with the latest changes via our social media platforms, and also through this webpage.

Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with students who attend College, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.

Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:

  • Through your employer, if they offer testing to employees;
  • By collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests;
  • By ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most

If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.

Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.

Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.

We have also created a flowchart to help understand what to do if you or your child/young person tests positive or has had close contact with somebody who has Covid-19.  The flowchart details when students should not attend college and who to contact if a student has a positive test result.

If you have any questions, please contact your local College using the details below:

Watch our animation