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Coronavirus Information

Find updated information on coronavirus (Covid-19) below, including college announcements, guidance and support

Update: 29 March 2021

Testing at home throughout the Easter holidays for schools and colleges

Following the success of the asymptomatic testing programme on the return to college, it is vital to keep testing at home throughout the Easter holidays and into the summer term.  All students will be able to pick up home testing Covid-19 kits from the Lower Concourse (North-site) from Monday 29 March to Thursday 1 April.  If you are a student that studies in the evening, you can pick up a kit from Reception (South-site).  

All students and staff must:

  • test twice a week at home from now on (all those who are able to)
  • report results online as positive, negative or void. This information is critical in helping us to understand the prevalence of the virus across the country 
  • continue to test twice weekly over the Easter holidays
  • test before returning to college after the Easter break (week commencing 19 April),  either the night before, or morning of, the first day back.

 

Update: 26 February 2021

Keeping safe in the College
Students will be required to wear face masks while in the College buildings; this includes in lessons as well as in communal areas.  The guidance is that face masks are more effective in stopping the spread of the disease so we are asking all students to wear masks.  If there is a medical reason that a mask cannot be worn then the college nurse needs to be informed; please talk to your RAP or course tutor in the first instance. 

We will have a zero tolerance when it comes to keeping people safe.   It is really important that students still adhere to the social distance, washing hands and wearing-of-masks guidance even if they have a negative test.  If students cannot abide by this guidance we will ask them to leave the College site so that we can ensure the safety of others.  

If a student is displaying any of the Covid-19 symptoms, they should not attend College and should contact 119 for a test.  If it is a positive test please notify covid@bcot.ac.uk with the date of the test and the last date of college attendance.

If you have concerns about returning to college or the requirement for testing, please contact your RAP or course tutor and we will help you. 

 

Update: 1 February 2021

We have recently published our Remote Education Offer to ensure that all our students can participate in a full programme of learning this academic year. It is our intention to take all steps possible to keep the College open, whilst having robust contingency plans to support our students and ensure minimal disruption to their learning, should students need to self-isolate or the College is forced to close as result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the document. 

 

Staying Safe with COVID-19
Letter from the Principal - 27 October 2020
Letter to Students - 23 September 2020
Letter to Parents and Guardians - 23 September 2020
Letter from NHS to Parents and Guardians

Click on the documents below for more information on what steps are being made to ensure the College is safe for staff and students:

 

Support for our students

We’ve put together a range of resources for students to help with their wellbeing, online safety and working remotely. Please click on the links below for more information.

 

Reporting an absence or self-isolating
If you have recently had a COVID-19 test and are awaiting the results, you must not attend college until you have received a negative result. For self-isolation reporting, please email covid@bcot.ac.uk as soon as possible.

To report a student absence, please call 01256 306321. If the student is 16-18, we ask the next-of-kin to phone in with the student's full name, student number and course they are studying.

 

Government information
For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit gov.uk/coronavirus

 

This webpage is updated with any new information that becomes available. If you have any questions or require any support, please contact Alexis Smith, Assistant Principal of Foundation Learning and Student Voice, by email at alexis.smith@bcot.ac.uk

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