coronavirus: Students, parents & carers
Updated: 6 April 2021
As of Monday 8 March 2021, Worthing College has re-opened for onsite teaching and learning for students.
To manage this safely, we are operating a phased return to onsite learning which may include a mix of blended onsite and online learning. Details of this will be provided by your student tutor, course leader or lecturer/teacher. Please do not come on to site until you have had contact, and received details, from your course leader or lecturer/teacher.
Our key responsibility at this time remains the safety of our students and staff.
In line with current Government guidance, we are asking students and staff to ensure they continue to maintain the principles of social distancing. The two-metre rule will also be observed.
You will also be required to wear face coverings (unless exempt for health reasons) in all public areas and in classrooms or workshops, where the two-metre rule cannot be observed.
Your tutors will be able to provide you with detailed information, specific to your course. Largely, it will be very similar to how you were taught last term.
Our assurance to you
We are working hard to ensure the safety and well-being of all our students and staff. At all of our colleges and sites, we have the following protocols:
A requirement to wear facemasks in all communal areas unless exempt for health reasons;
Social distancing measures in all buildings;
Hand sanitisers available throughout campus; and
An enhanced cleaning regime
We are currently following best practice guidelines for notifications and updates.
As soon as we are aware of a positive case at one of our colleges or sites, we will inform any students and staff who may have come into contact with that person. This notification is through email and letter and is based on official guidance from the Government.
Home Testing for Students
To reduce the spread of infection as much as possible, the Government has introduced a significant programme of lateral flow tests. Tests are voluntary, but we do encourage your participation. For students under 16, parental consent is required.
As part of our re-opening on Monday 8 March we began onsite testing for students, who have been informed of testing appointments which have been scheduled to take place before returning to classrooms or workshops. All students have been asked to take three tests onsite within a two-week period.
From the week beginning Monday 15 March, we have moved from onsite testing to providing all students with home test kits. With home testing, you will be asked to take twice weekly tests, three to four days apart, to help ensure the college continues to be a safe place to study.
Please visit our dedicated test information webpage to find out more about home testing, including how to report your results: https://www.worthing.ac.uk/covid-testing-centre
How do I get my home test kit?
Students will be issued with their home test kits by staff in college.
How do I use my home test kit?
The home test kits are lateral flow tests, and they work in the same way as the tests offered at the college’s onsite testing facilities. You will see your test result within 30 minutes.
You will have three tests in each pack and there are clear instructions supplied with the kits, detailing how to use the tests. You can watch a series of step-by-step videos about self-testing, provided by the Department of Health, here
Do I report the results?
Report online via www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result or by telephone, call 119 (lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm). You do not need to inform the college if your test is negative.
If you test positive, please report as above and also inform the college immediately, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m not showing any symptoms, do I still have to test at home?
We know one in three people who have Covid-19 don’t show any symptoms, so it is really important that you test at home regularly using the kits provided by the college to help minimise the spread of the virus.
What if I test positive with a home test kit?
Students who test positive through a home test will be asked to self-isolate for 10 days, in line with current Government guidance. You should also book a PCR test to confirm your result.
You should inform your Student Tutor of your result and period of absence due to self-isolation so that registers can be marked correctly, and you can be given access to remote learning.
My test didn’t work, what should I do?
If you receive a void result in a home test, take another test and wait for the result. If you receive two void results in a row, you should book a PCR test and self-isolate until you have had your result, if negative you may return to college.
What do I do if I test negative?
If you receive a negative test result, you can attend college as normal and continue to follow all of the guidelines in place, including wearing a mask on public transport and around campus.
Can I use the college’s testing centre instead of testing at home?
Home testing is preferable. Each site will have a mini test centre left behind after mass testing, these bays will need to be booked in advance as we will need to staff the bays.
Do I have to take a test to come into college?
Testing is voluntary, and you will not be prevented from coming to college if you choose not to take part. However, we would strongly encourage you to take part and help minimise the spread of the virus.
What to do if you test positive for Covid-19 or develop symptoms
It is important that you must not attend college, or visit the campus, if:
You develop one or more symptoms of Covid-19;
A member of your household (including someone who is part of your support or childcare bubble) develops one or more symptoms;
You, or a member of your household, has received a positive Covid-19 test, whether this was a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) or a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test;
You have been told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by a public health protection team; or
You are required to isolate having recently visited a country outside the Common Travel Area;
In the above cases, you must immediately stop attending college and not attend for at least 10 full days from the day after either:
The start of your symptoms
The test date of your positive test, if you didn’t have any symptoms
You should inform the college immediately, by emailing email@example.com
If you start to develop symptoms while at college, you must inform us straight away and follow all necessary action. This will include returning home to being isolation and following all Government guidance.
We are taking a range of steps to provide care and support to any of our students who test positive or who need to self-isolate to ensure that:
They are contacted and have opportunities to raise any personal concerns, including if they have any underlying health issues
They have access to government guidance and advice on self-isolation and are able to seek medical advice from a local GP if required
They are able to access a wide range of student support and wellbeing services
Those who are able can continue to engage with their studies via remote learning
The symptoms are:
a new, continuous cough;
a high temperature; or
a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell.
Information about booking a test, along with symptoms to be aware of, can be found on the NHS website.
Vocational & Technical Assessments
As we’re sure you are aware, the current pandemic has led to some exams and assessments being cancelled this year. An extensive review has been undertaken by the Department for Education and Ofqual to decide the fairest way to award students their grades at the end of the year.
The way your vocational and technical qualification (VTQs) will be awarded this year, will be different and will vary depending on the type of course you are studying. It is important for you to continue to attend your lessons and complete all work to the highest standards, ensuring you will have the best chance of achieving the grades you so richly deserve.
Ofqual have provided information and guidance for students, which details how grades will be assessed for these VTQs, which include BTECs, OCR Cambridge Technicals, Functional Skills as well as other vocational course qualifications.
Chichester College Group’s (CCG) approach to Online Education
We recognise that this is an uncertain and unsettling time for students and parents/carers and we want to reassure you that we will do all that we can to support students to continue to develop their skills and knowledge so that they are able to progress.
To ensure social distancing is maintained, some classes will have a blended approach – with some time spent learning onsite and some online arrangements. This will vary from 50% onsite to 100% onsite, depending on class size.
Online learning will also be provided where student or staff absence (e.g shielding or self-isolation) prevents face-to-face delivery of teaching.
CCG uses Microsoft Teams as its main tool for online learning. This enables us to deliver live lessons, share discussions, chat online and collaborate. For some lessons and delivery, students may be asked to use OneFile or Zoom. The use of Teams is complemented by our virtual learning environment, CCG Online, where students can access recordings of live lessons, resources, assignment work and self-directed study.
During online learning, our expectation is that students will access and participate in all sessions including being on time, using a professional online background and dressing appropriately - in line with expectations set for attending college on site.
Registers will be taken as usual to record attendance at online lessons and any non-attendance will be followed up. Where we have concerns about student attendance or engagement, we will follow our Student Referral process.
Feedback takes many forms and will be built into all online lessons - as they are for those taking place on campus.
Examples could include online quizzes, written feedback delivered electronically through MS Teams, online verbal feedback and peer feedback. Formal feedback on internally assessed assignments forming part of students’ qualifications will continue to be provided digitally in line with awarding body regulations.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will I be taught?
We are planning for a mixed delivery of teaching, very similar to how teaching was delivered last term. This means you will spend some time in college and complete some learning online. We will be following the government guidance at all times.
What about traveling to college?
If you are travelling in on public transport, you will need to wear a mask and follow Government guidance regarding social distancing on buses/trains etc. This also applies to the Chichester College Group shuttle buses too.
Do I need to supply my own PPE, such as face mask, for my course?
The college will not be able to supply face masks, so please ensure you bring these to college with you.
Will the college’s shops and catering facilities be open?
Yes. Our shops and catering facilities will be open as usual, with additional health and safety measures in place. We ask that you follow social distancing while using these facilities.
Wherever possible, you will be asked to pay with a card rather than cash.
Will the library be open?
Yes. Our library and Learning Resource Centre areas will be open, with additional health and safety measures in place. We will be limiting numbers in some areas to help ensure social distancing can be maintained.
What happens if I develop symptoms or a return a positive test while at college?
If you start to develop symptoms while at college or receive a positive Covid-19 test result, you must inform us straight away and follow all necessary action. This will include returning home to being isolation and following all Government guidance.
You should avoid using public transport to return home. Wherever possible, we would advise that you are collected by a member of your household.
What happens if there is another lockdown?
In the event of a local or national lockdown, the college will follow Government advice at that time to ensure the safety of our staff and students. We are well prepared to increase our remote delivery of teaching, if required, to reduce any disruption to your education.