LAST UPDATED: 27th August 2021
All students and staff can attend the College in accordance with Government guidance “Further Education COVID-19 operational guidance” dated 27th August 2021. The College has been actively encouraging staff and students to receive vaccinations.
STUDENT LATERAL-FLOW TESTING
The College will offer all students 2 lateral flow test at the start of term between 3 and 5 days apart. After the 2 tests, students will be offered COVID-19 Self-Test Kits with the expectation that they will test at home twice weekly until at least the end of September when updated guidance is expected from the Department for Education.
COVID-19 Self-Test Kits will remain to be available from the main Reception desk.
COVID-19 SYMPTOMS OR FEELING UNWELL
If you are feeling unwell and/or display any symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend college and ensure you contact your tutor to report the reason for your absence. Your tutor will be able to advise you further on how you can continue to access remote learning.
COVID-19 CONTROL MEASURES
For those attending campus, the College has implemented the following control measures to help reduce the spread of the virus during the pandemic which are in line with the Department for Education Operational Guidance:
- Hand sanitisers are available throughout the College. Please use the hand sanitiser stations and wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water, particularly on arrival at campus, and when moving from one space to another
- All classrooms have clear guidance displayed on how to mitigate risks of COVID-19; please ensure you follow this guidance.
- Hand sanitiser, sanitising spray, disposable paper towels and tissues are available for use in all classrooms
- All College users are encouraged to wear face coverings in communal areas
- One- way systems are in place on some staircases and students should move around the College keeping to the left side of corridors and staircases where possible
- Windows will be opened early each morning and where possible kept open during the day to allow for good levels of ventilation in the buildings
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Safeguarding email@example.com Finance firstname.lastname@example.org Business Development Unit email@example.com Human Resources firstname.lastname@example.org Additional Learning Support email@example.com Estates firstname.lastname@example.org
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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