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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.

Update: Thursday 5 November

The government has announced a new national lockdown will take place from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December. During this time the college will remain open, per government guidelines. The college will continue to implement robust safety measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all staff and students, including wearing masks when in communal areas of campus. You can find further measures listed below.

In addition, students who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable are now advised to NOT attend college and to instead study from home during this new national lockdown. Any student who receives a receives a letter from the NHS to advise that that they are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable should present this to their Programme Manager and refrain from attending the college campuses.

Where students have previously been classed as clinically vulnerable or were shielding due to others in their families being clinicaly vulnerable, they are to continue to attend college. Students who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, but who are not clinically extremely vulnerable themselves, should still attend college.




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.


Reporting an absence

In the event that you have to record a covid-related absence, please do so via one of the following methods before 9am:

  • Text 07860 055296 with your name, student number and reason for not attending (e.g. Joe Bloggs 12345 Migraine)
  • Email your name, student number and reason for not attending to attend@hopwood.ac.uk
  • Or call 0161 643 7560 and leave your name, student number and reason for not attending


Self-isolation

Please be aware that you must NOT attend college if you are required to self-isolate. You may need to self-isolate under any of the following circumstances:

  • You develop COVID symptoms and are awaiting a test result
  • You have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace
  • The college informs you that you have been in close contact with a positive case
  • You identify that you have been in close contact with a positive case and need to self-isolate
  • There is someone with COVID symptoms in your household
  • You have travelled from a country requiring a period of quarantine

How long you are required to self-isolate for will depend upon your individual circumstances. You can find more information HERE.


Our priorities

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.


face coverings

Please watch the following video tutorial on how to make your own reusable face covering if you don't already have one.


BUS tRAVEL

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.


CORONAVIRUS NEWS UPDATES FOR DEAF LEARNERS

You can access all the latest coronavirus news updates available in British Sign Language here.