College operations update
ENSURING YOUR SAFETY, CONTINUING YOUR JOURNEY
We've been there for our students every step of the way - and there's nothing to stop us all from looking ahead to a brighter future. The last few months have brought unforeseen challenges, but together we've overcome all obstacles. We'd like to encourage you to watch the below video which shows that nothing can stand in our way.
Staying safe on campus: Protect yourself and others while on campus
Keeping our community of students and staff as safe as possible is our main priority as we invite them on to our campuses. We have put in place a number of measures to keep you safe:
- 50/50 timetabling - all our learners who are studying an entry or level 1 course will physically be in college full-time. Learners who are studying at level 2 or above will be present for 50% of their lessons physically. For the remaining 50% they will be set work to do at home via our virtual learning environment or will be accessing the lessons as they occur remotely.
- Risk assessments of activities and spaces have been carried out
- Face coverings to be worn in communal areas of college buildings. We expect everyone on campus to wear a face covering in communal areas inside our buildings, unless you are not able to for medical reasons
- Safe distancing measures are in place
- A one-way system is in place in shared areas and where appropriate
- Limited use of and numbers in lifts
- Fixed cleaning protocols are in place
- Hand sanitiser stations are at entrances and in common spaces
- Disinfectant wipes are supplied to clean desks and study areas
Help stop the spread
We need your help to keep our community safe and prevent the spread of infection. When you are on our campuses you must:
- Stay 2m apart wherever possible
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your face
- Wear a face covering in communal areas within our buildings, unless you are not able to for medical reasons
- Sneeze or cough into your elbow or a tissue and bin it
- Clean your work or study area and kitchens after use
- Use Microsoft Teams for meetings
- Only use marked entrances and exits
- Follow the one-way system, direction signs and seating plans
It is going to take some time for our guidelines to become routine for everyone and supporting each other will help to keep everyone safe. If you notice that someone is not following the guidelines, please encourage them in a friendly and polite way. Or if someone reminds you, please don’t take offence – we all need to work together as one college community.
Protecting the health and wellbeing of our community of students and staff and those around us is our priority.
It is important that as we re-open our buildings, we are confident that we do so in line with Public Health England/UK Government guidance. This requires us to ensure that all appropriate risks have been considered and mitigated to minimise viral transmission, that enhanced cleaning and hygiene protocols are in place and that all reasonable steps to maintain safe distancing requirements are implemented.
Please remember that you must stay at home if you or a member of your household develops a high temperature, a new continuous cough and / or a loss of taste or sense of smell. If you do feel unwell and you think you may have the symptoms of coronavirus, please visit the NHS website.
Please watch the following video tutorial on how to make your own reusable face covering if you don't already have one.
TfGM are supporting the safe return of students to colleges with boosted capacity on busy routes at peak travel times, including the number 17 .
Duplicate buses, exclusively for school and college students, will run five minutes behind scheduled services, with the usual route number starting in ‘S’. These buses are separate to our existing dedicated college bus services.
Find out all the latest information on the extra services at tfgm.com/duplicate-school-buses.
Please read the Further Education travel resource pack HERE.