LAST UPDATED: 29th November 2021
On Saturday 27 November, the UK Prime Minister announced new temporary measures following the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the UK. The new measures will be introduced as a precaution to slow down the spread of the variant and the College will continue to keep this under review as the situation develops.
Face coverings should be worn in communal areas of the College by staff, visitors and students, unless you are exempt. All students should also continue to wear face coverings on public and dedicated school transport, unless you are exempt.
STUDENT LATERAL-FLOW TESTING
All students and staff should continue to test twice weekly using lateral flow device (LFD) tests. COVID-19 Self-Test Kits will remain to be available from the main Testing centre or Reception desk.
All eligible staff and students aged 12 and over are encouraged to take up the offer of the vaccine, including boosters. Vaccines are our best defence against COVID-19. They help protect young people and adults, and benefit those around them. Vaccination makes people less likely to catch the virus and less likely to pass it on. To book a vaccination, please visit: Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS www.nhs.uk
COVID-19 SYMPTOMS OR FEELING UNWELL
If you are feeling unwell and/or display any symptoms of COVID-19, please do not visit the College. Instead ensure that 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:
- Face coverings should be worn in communal areas of the College by staff, visitors and students, unless you are exempt.
- 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 building
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 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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