LAST UPDATED: 01 MARCH 2022
Following the Prime Minister’s Living with COVID-19 announcement on Monday 21 February, you will be aware the Government has now lifted all COVID-19 restrictions.
Waltham Forest College will continue to implement some key safety measures for the time being including encouraging hand sanitizing upon entry and around the campus, disinfectant spray and tissues in classroom and additional cleaning of high traffic areas. All classrooms and corridor space will continue to be opened for increased ventilation around the campus environment.
It is no longer necessary for staff and students to complete twice weekly testing, except for those working with highly vulnerable learners such as SEND, where it is still recommended. The guidance around staying at home remains unchanged and any staff or students who test positive, should not come into the College on days 1-5 but, subject to negative LFT results on day 5 and 6 can return on day 6 if they feel well. Students will be supported to study from home where practicable but where it is not possible to study remotely.
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Being vaccinated is the best way to make sure that COVID-19 doesn’t get in the way of your life or your education, as having to stay at home if you are ill can have a big impact on your learning experience. By being fully jabbed you are much less likely to get COVID-19 or pass it on to others. COVID-19 is still making people ill, including young adults, and with millions of people around the world having had the jabs, there is strong evidence that people who are unvaccinated are 8 times more likely to end up in hospital and that would really impact your education and plans. You’re also more likely to get long COVID-19 if you’re not vaccinated and that can make you feel tired and make it hard to concentrate and remember things.
To book a vaccination, please visit: Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS www.nhs.uk or visit your nearest walk-in centre.
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
It is very important to take care of your mental health and wellbeing and Waltham Forest College is committed to promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults, ensuring that action is taken to support our students. The Wellbeing Hub contains useful advice and tips for maintaining mental health and wellbeing while studying remotely or on-site.
We are aware that the spread and impact of the coronavirus is a cause of anxiety and uncertainty. For those affected, please click on the following resources which you may find informative and reassuring.
The College will continue to provide remote counselling service during the national lockdown period if you would like more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. General Information
The new academic term will commence on Monday 06 September 2021. Click here for more information on dates and half terms.
We ask any students without access to the necessary digital equipment at home to discuss their IT requirements at enrolment. You may be eligible for the Government’s technology support scheme for young people during coronavirus Covid-19. It is important that you ask for help if you need it. Our Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is now reopened for students. The area is set up with socially distanced desks, and laptops are available to students to use while in the area.
The opening hours are:
Monday -Thursday 8:45am to 5pm
Friday 8:45am to 4:30pm
Waltham Forest College has a statutory and moral duty to ensure that it functions with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults undertaking education and training. In response to the UK government advice around specialist support for our most vulnerable learners that fall under one or more of the below categories:
Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
Looked After Children (LAC)
Care Leavers (CL)
High Needs Funded (HNF)
The College remains in contact with learners who fall under the ‘vulnerable’ category.
For ease of communication, the following key email inboxes are being actively monitored, should you need to contact the College:
Department Learner Services email@example.com Safeguarding firstname.lastname@example.org Finance email@example.com Business Development Unit firstname.lastname@example.org Human Resources email@example.com Additional Learning Support firstname.lastname@example.org Estates email@example.com
NHS Coronavirus Helpline
The NHS has comprehensive advice on their website about what to do if you think you may have the virus, precautionary measures, and self-isolation procedures. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.
Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
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