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Coronavirus Update - Colleges and Business Units

Measures we’re taking to limit the spread of Coronavirus

Having opened our Colleges in line with Government guidance at the beginning of the new Academic Year, we've been working hard to ensure we remain a Covid-secure organisation. This Academic Year is being delivered in a different way to previous years, and we are taking a number of extra precautions to ensure that we remain a coronavirus safe organisation. These include grouping students into bubbles, and ensuring that there are no interactions between these bubbles. You can watch our short animation to help you understand what actions we've asked all students to take.

From Monday 14 December 2020 we are also hosting Mobile Testing Units (MTUs) on our College sites at Broadstairs College, Canterbury College and Dover Technical College. These MTUs will provide accessible on-demand testing services for any asymptomatic students, their families and staff members on a voluntary basis. These services will be provided for four days and lecturers will provide more details to students.

In order to mitigate the risks of spreading coronavirus, we have also taken a number of other actions which you should be aware of:

  • We are heavily limiting the number of external visitors across our College sites - this includes those who wish to join one of our courses. External visitors should check this page for more details;
  • The majority of staff travel between sites has been halted in order to lessen the risk of transmitting coronavirus across sites. Many of our services staff are also now being asked to work remotely where possible;
  • Staff and students must wear face coverings whilst in communal spaces. Staff and students may voluntarily wear face coverings whilst in classroom settings.
  • External student activities will take place in a different way this year.

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.