Coronavirus Update

Reporting symptoms and a positive covid-19 test

You should notify us using the online notification form of all COVID-19 absences or a positive test result as soon as possible.

  • If you are a student and you have received a positive result for COVID-19, you must not come into college and MUST self-isolate for 10 days
  • If a member of your household or close contacts has received a positive result for COVID-19, you do not need to self-isolate if you meet one of the following:
    • you are fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS
    • you are under 18 years, 6 months old
    • you are taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
    • you are unable to get vaccinated for medical reasons
  • If a member of your household or close contacts has received a positive result for COVID-19 and you do not meet one of the above criteria, you are advised to take a PCR test (you do not need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of your test)
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms do not come into college and arrange to have a test
    • If your PCR is positive, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days
    • If your PCR is negative, return to college when you are feeling well and non-symptomatic

Please inform us of the outcome of the test as soon as possible.

Thank you for your cooperation and support.

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a new helpline dedicated to answering questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people are welcome to contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Guidance

As per government guidance and in the interest of keeping everyone safe, you are encouraged to:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Sneeze/cough into a tissue or the crook of your elbow
  • Try to avoid touching surfaces, such as staircase railings
  • Use sanitiser
  • Wear masks in crowded and enclosed spaces
  • Let fresh air in if possible
  • Get tested and self-isolate if required
  • If you’re able to, get vaccinated

Please see below for a summary of the procedures and features around campus, so you know what to expect when visiting us:

  • Although mask-wearing around campus is no longer compulsory, staff, students and visitors are advised to keep a mask with them as there may be areas where face masks are needed, either in a busy environment or to support a vulnerable member of staff. If a mask is needed, this will be made clear.
  • All students and staff are required to wear their HSDC lanyard and ID at all times when on the College premises.
  • Sanitiser stations – these are located at the entrance to every building and throughout campus. We do recommend that you also have your own sanitiser with you when on campus.
  • Please also note, the government has recommended that people wear face masks when using public transport.
  • All staff and students are encouraged to complete lateral flow testing twice a week for the foreseeable. Home tests kits are available to pick up during Welcome Week and from Reception at each campus.

If you have any questions at all about being on campus and the new guidelines, please don’t hesitate to speak to our Reception team when you visit, or you can call the team before your visit.

The College will be using this funding to benefit students aged 16 to 19 in English, Mathematics and other subjects that have been disrupted, including vocational and academic learning.

Students have been selected based upon the eligibility criteria associated with the fund, specifically that they:

  • have not achieved at least a grade 4 or 5 in English and/or Mathematics

or

  • have a grade 4 or above in English and/or Mathematics and are from an economically disadvantaged background (defined as students from the 27% most economically deprived areas of the country based on the index of multiple deprivation)

Eligible students will benefit from additional tuition in small groups (of between two and five students – up to seven in exceptional circumstances) in a range of ways:

  • Additional tuition in GCSE and Functional Skills Mathematics and English to develop essential skills and knowledge in these subjects
  • Additional tuition for examination success in courses for which any final assessments involve formal examination, focusing upon effective revision and examination technique
  • Additional tuition in vocational/technical courses which involve specialist technical skills via access to and use of specialist equipment/resources/facilities
  • Further bespoke tuition based upon identified student needs

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