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An important update about coming back to college next year

15 July 2020

With the summer break fast approaching, we’d like to take a moment to give you some more information about what coming back to college next year will look like.

We would also like to thank you once more for all for your hard work and efforts over the past four months and your commitment to your learning.

Fewer people on campus

Remote learning via ALO has been really successful and thousands of people logged on to join in with virtual classes. Given this success, we have decided to introduce blended learning timetables, which will split your time 50/50 between on-campus and remote learning.

This will allow us to reduce the number of people on site at any one time and allow us all to better follow social distancing measures. It will also minimise the number of people that will have to self-isolate in the case of a student or staff member testing positive for Coronavirus.

It will also allow us to switch to 100% remote learning more smoothly, should things change.

This way of learning will be in place until at least October and perhaps longer, depending on circumstances at college and Government guidelines.

Staggered start and finish times

It will still be important to follow social distancing when we return to college, so we will need to carefully manage the number of people on campus at all times. Because of this, we will be implementing staggered start, finish and break times.

This will ensure that we don’t have large numbers of people flowing through receptions, stairwells and Recharge cafes during peak hours. Recharge services will also be restricted to take-away only.

Cleaning and hygiene at college

We will be carrying out a deep clean of all college sites over the summer break.

As we move into the new academic year, we will continue our increased cleaning regime and ensure busier areas of the campus are cleaned more regularly.

Hand sanitisers have already been placed around college and social distancing signs are clearly on display in places where we anticipate people will gather, e.g. reception areas and Learning Environments.

We will continue to ask everyone to regularly wash their hands throughout the day and take precautions when coughing and sneezing, i.e. Catch it, Kill it, Bin it.

Keep talking with others

It’s really important than we continue talking to one another and are aware of what to expect in September.

We will continue to send important information about returning to campus safely, as well as expectations for results day and how to manage your wellbeing during this time.

We appreciate some students may find summer break an anxious period. If you have any immediate concerns, please speak to your teacher or Student Support.

We hope this information has been helpful in showing some of the things that you need to know for next year.

We wish everyone a restful summer and look forward to seeing you at college again next academic year.