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half term update – october 2021

Updated 16/11/21 @ 11:00

Ofqual have released a letter to all students regrading the arrangements for A Levels, AS levels, BTEC and Vocational Qualifications in 2022. You can read the full letter here.

Updated 28/10/21 @ 10:00

We hope all our students had a great start to term and have had an enjoyable reading break. The College has reviewed all safety measures and decided that all existing controls will remain in place after reading break with a subsequent review to take place prior to Christmas.

The UK Government has now entered a new phase in its response to the pandemic, moving away from stringent restrictions on everyone’s day to day lives, towards advising people on how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk. As Covid-19 becomes a virus that we learn to live with, the Department for Education (working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England) have informed all education leaders that the imperative now is to reduce further disruption to young people’s education and for our priority to be the delivery of face to face high quality education.

Asymptomatic testing of learners

Students should continue to test twice weekly at home until the end of Term (Friday 17 December).

Wearing of face coverings and one-way systems

When you arrive on campus you will find that we continue to have numerous safety measures in place to keep our college community safe, such as one-way systems, extra cleaning, hand sanitising. If you’re using College-arranged transport, we ask you to wear a mask/face covering to be able to travel.

We are asking students to continue to wear masks on campus in indoor communal spaces such as corridors and in catering outlets prior to taking a seat.  You may also be asked to wear face coverings in some classroom environments at the discretion of our lecturing staff.

Vaccinations

We are starting the year in changed times and part of that change is the opportunity to be vaccinated against COVID-19. We recognise that having a COVID vaccination is a personal choice but we would encourage all students aged 16 and over to consider the vaccination option.

CORONAVIRUS TESTING AT HOME

Updated 26/08/21 @16:00  

How do you take your test?  

Each testing kit will be issued with detailed step-by-step instructions to support the transition to home testing which can also be seen here in videopdf leaflet , easy read leaflet and here on the gov.uk website – all students should read these instructions before taking their first test at home.  

When do you take your test?   

Students will need to test themselves twice a week on the evening before their first timetabled day in college. So, for example, if your first timetabled day in college is on Monday you would take your LFT on the Sunday night and then the next one three days later on Wednesday; if your first timetabled day is usually a Tuesday you would test Monday and Thursday and so on. Students aged 18 and over should self-test and report the result, with assistance if needed. Students under 17 should self-test and report with adult supervision. The adult may conduct the test if necessary.  

How do you report your results?  

Once you have taken the test you must report your result to NHS Test and Trace as soon as the test is completed either online or by telephone calling 119 following the instructions in the home test kit.  

You will also need to report your result to college – your tutor will give you instructions on how and when to do this and we will also publish updated guidance on this page.  

Students with a positive LFT test result will need to self-isolate in line with the stay-at-home guidance. They will also need to arrange a lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the result if the test was done at home.  

Those with a negative LFT test result can continue to attend college in line with and using the protective measures already in place. 

Need more information?  

We are always here to answer any questions you may have about this next step in keeping our college community safe, get in touch with your tutor with any questions and we will be posting  new updates on this webpage, so stay connected.  

The Government have also recently published two blogs as additional resources which provide further information on testing for school staff, students and families: 

We know how difficult the reality of another lockdown is and that it impacts our whole community.  Should you need any points of clarification in relation to arrangements, if you are experiencing any difficulty in accessing technology to learn from home or if you feel that you need additional support, please can we ask you to contact your Progress Coach who will be pleased to assist or facilitate the specialist support according to your needs.  

Risk Assessment Information

The college has carried out a comprehensive risk assessment of which the current version is available by request from here

the remote learning pledge

View our Remote Learning Pledge. This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents, guardians or carers about what to expect from the College’s remote education provision.

FROM ALL OF US AT ANDOVER COLLEGE, PLEASE STAY SAFE!

Other information

Updated 17/12/2020 

The Wellbeing team, based in the Wellbeing Hub, can help and support you remotely or in person. Studying at college in a subject that you’re passionate about is exciting, but it can be daunting too especially during the current situation. We know how important it is to stay focused on your studies but we recognise that life can get in the way sometimes. If you are finding things difficult, it is important to know that you are not alone.

At Home

For self-help information, video clips, links to websites and general support information, please see Andover Student Services page on Ledge.

On Campus

For support with anything that is affecting your enjoyment at Andover please contact the team to arrange a meeting on wellbeingandover@sparsholt.ac.uk. Alternatively you may pop into Wellbeing during our opening times to arrange an appointment directly.

If you would like to refer to our counselling service, please see the learner counselling section on Ledge. There is a short referral form to complete, then our counselling coordinator will contact you about arranging an appointment

Please note our Campus is closed from 23.12.20 to 03.01.21. The Wellbeing team will be available from 4th January 2021 to provide one to one support, please access the on-line resources on Ledge during the closure period

Updated 09/09/2020 @ 12:45

The main symptoms of Coronavirus have been identified as:

  • High temperature – This means you feel hot to touch on your head.
  • New, continuous cough – This means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
  • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – This means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

If you have any of these symptoms, we ask that you DO NOT come into College and arrange to take a test.

If you are using College or Public Transport and the driver believes you have any symptoms, they have the right not to bring you into College.

If you attend College with any of these symptoms or they develop whilst you are at College, you will need to be picked up by your next of kin and taken home.  You will be provided with written instructions on booking a test and reporting the results to the College.

ANYONE with symptoms of Coronavirus should then self-isolate until they have received a negative test result back.  If anyone you live with has symptoms or test positive for Covid-19 you should NOT COME to College and self-isolate for 14 days or until that person receives a negative test result back.

ABSENCE REPORTING

Please contact the College if you are unable to attend. Call 01962 797311 or email absent@sparsholt.ac.uk before 11.00am each day. Please do not just contact your Progress Coach or anyone else as that will not be recorded as a notified absence.

View the latest information from ofqual 

View the latest information on COVID-19 from the Government 

View the latest information from the NHS

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