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COVID-19 UPDATE

Please note email, Cedar email and the College website and social media will be our ONLY forms of direct communication for updates on COVID-19 to students and their families.  Please check these platforms regularly for the latest updates from the College.

You can inform the College of any changes to your contact details via your Cedar portal or by emailing cedar@stokesfc.ac.uk stating your name, student ID and date of birth.

We may have answered your questions already on our Online Learning and Risk Assessment Frequently Asked Questions page. If your answer is not here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

You may be aware from media reports that there have been a large number of cases in the community over the past month and so it is important that we remember the covid control measures being used in college from the start of lessons on Wednesday 5th January.  There is new information as well as repeating previous messages already communicated within our college community.

FACE MASKS

  • Face masks must be worn in classrooms as well as communal areas and circulation spaces (this includes the refectory and social study spaces when not eating or drinking).  Exemptions apply if you are directly eating and drinking, or you have a medical exemption.  This control measure aims to restrict the spread of Covid among students who are in close interaction. 
  • Please can staff and students provide their own face masks.  Since the start of the pandemic, we have provided over 41,000 masks. We do not have a sufficient supply of face masks to continue providing them to students who forget.  As communicated in December, students who are unable to provide a face mask will not be able to enter the college buildings.  The previous exemptions continue to apply, and teachers who are at the front of the class, distant from the students may choose not to wear a face covering.
  • Staff must consider how the layout of the room and learning activities support Covid control measures. 

Since the wearing of masks was introduced, students have taken incredible responsibility for providing and wearing their own mask and we hope that this will continue with great success.   

If you have any questions, please contact your progress coach in the first instance.   

COVID TESTING

Due to the number of national cases it is imperative that staff and students: 

  • Continue to test twice a week at home from now on (all those who are able to).  
  • Report your results online as Positive, Negative or Void. This information is critical in helping the Government to understand the prevalence of the virus across the country.  
  • Test kits are available to all students and their families via Progress Coaches or from Main Reception.  
  • Families and households can also access home test kits for adults 

In addition to this advice, the College also ask that:  

  • Students who have tested positive for Covid should not take a test within 90 days of when they tested positive and therefore DO NOT need to test during this period.  
  • Students who would prefer are welcome to get tested at a local community testing centre.   
  • In the event a test comes back positive, please follow government guidance and self-isolate and inform the college by emailing covid@stokesfc.ac.uk as soon as possible.  

The most important way that we can protect you, your family and loved ones, is by preventing the virus from entering the building.  Therefore, these tests are vitally important in protecting not only you but also your loved ones.  

SAFETY AND CONTROL MEASURES

A range of control measures will remain in place and are designed to minimise the spread of coronavirus.    

We have worked closely with Public Health England to develop and refresh the system of controls to reduce the risk of transmission in the building. Please be reminded below of the key measures that will be in place that all staff and students must adhere to:   

  • Wash and sanitise your hands on arrival to the building and regularly throughout the day.   
  • Ensure that you observe 2m social distancing measures, both in choosing where to sit and work, and when moving around the College building.    
  • The wearing of face coverings (see guidance above).  
  • Follow the one-way system when moving around the building.   
  • Use of empty classrooms and social spaces around the building during lunch/break times to ensure social distancing is observed.   
  • Doors are wedged open.   
  • Tissues, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes will be available in all rooms for staff to use.   
  • Staff are reminded that the air conditioning unit within the building can be controlled individually within each room to control the airflow.   
  • Staff must consider how the layout of the room and learning activities support Covid control measures.  If group work is an essential activity for learning the students may face each other whilst wearing face masks.  If Group work is not a requirement for the learning, then they should arrange the room in rows, all facing the front, with desks separated. 

We ask students and staff to continue to do everything they can to adhere to these measures because it is vital that they are implemented well and consistently to keep our college community healthy and happy.   

Risk Assessment

Please click HERE to view the updated risk assessment to keep up to date with all the lasted Covid news from the college. 

Students with personal risk assessments

Students who have a personal Covid risk assessment are asked to review this with your family and communicate any significant updates to their Progress Coach who will liaise to update the document and implement any further measures. 

Reporting your absence

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES MUST YOU COME INTO COLLEGE IF YOU DISPLAY ANY SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19.  

 Please inform the College immediately of any COVID-19 related absence. This could be for some of the following reasons: 

  • You are displaying symptoms. 
  • You have been tested for COVID-19 and you are awaiting results. 
  • You have been contacted by the Government Track and Trace team and have been instructed to self-isolate 

You can inform the College of any COVID-19 related absence by emailing covid@stokesfc.ac.uk. 

If you are concerned you may have been in contact with someone who has Covid or if you or someone in your household has symptoms, please book a PCR test through NHS procedure. If you have a family member / close contact who has tested positive for Covid-19 then you are still able to attend college if you do not have any symptoms and are under 18 years 6 months or if you have been fully vaccinated.

To report any non-COVID-19 related absence please to use the main student absence line on 01782 854203 or log an absence via Cedar.

Many Thanks,  
The Senior Management Team 

HELP!?

If you are unsure what course you think you should choose or what career you would like to aspire towards then contact Admissions:

T: 01782 854221
E: admissions@stokesfc.ac.uk