If you test positive for Covid-19, you need to stay off college and report your sickness via the absence hotline – 01925 494 498.
If you haven't tested but feel too unwell to come to college OR have a high temperature, you need to stay off college and report your sickness via the absence hotline – 01925 494 498.
Key staff contacts
The Department for Education (DfE) has a helpline to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) related to education.
Staff, parents and learners can contact the helpline by telephone and email.
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Government Covid-19 Information Service on WhatsApp
To use the free Gov.uk Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.
Support for Students
Should any of your classes be delivered remotely, these will take place via your Google Classroom. The expectation for this remote delivery is that where possible each of your classes will begin with real-time (synchronous) online delivery from your teacher via the Google Meet link embedded within your Google Classroom page. During this time, your teacher will provide/present/demo the relevant material for the lesson and set out their expectations clearly. For the remainder of the session your teacher will assess your learning and provide feedback on your work, as appropriate, either synchronously (online together) or asynchronously (independently).
Please use the online resources provided to you and tell your tutors if you are experiencing any difficulty in accessing the materials and resources.
Joining a Google Meet
To join a live Google Meet video lesson you need to:
- Access your Google Classroom
- Choose an option:
- At the top of the Stream or Classwork page, tap Meet .
- On an announcement or post, tap the video meeting link.
- To allow Meet to use your camera and microphone, tap Allow.
- To join the class video meeting, tap Join meeting.
Online learning support
Please use the online resources provided to you and tell your teacher if you are experiencing any difficulties in accessing the materials or classes.
Visit the student Digital Learning Hub for support with Google Classroom and Google Meet as well as other online learning apps and tools.
How work-ready are you?
- Do you have a suitable device with a camera?
- Do you have earphones/speakers?
- Do you have a microphone function ideally on your earphones?
- Do you have a quiet place to work?
If you feel you need support with any of the above, please contact your progress coach or assessor coach.
Health & well-being
It’s NORMAL to feel fearful, anxious and have increased concerns about your health. We have added a link to Mind which shares some good advice on supporting your mental health during this time.
The college’s pastoral and welfare team are available to help you maintain your psychological health in these challenging times. If you want to get in touch, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For any students who need emergency support we would advise contacting your GP or to access A&E, but please be aware that these services may be affected due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Useful external links for support:
Kooth: Online, free, safe and anonymous online counselling and support
Shout: free, anonymous crisis text service. Text SHOUT to 85258
Papyrus: Confidential advice and support for young people, families, carers and friends who are at risk of suicide or who have been affected by suicide. Please note: Papyrus Hopeline service is partially open, please check their website for further details
Samaritans: Call 116 123
Camerados: An organisation who’s priority is to get people to look out and support for each other.