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Coronavirus Guidance

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): ADVICE AND UPDATES

LAST UPDATED: Friday 29th April | 10:20am

If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, and you have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to go to college/work or carry out normal activities, try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people, until you no longer have a high temperature (if you had one) or until you no longer feel unwell.

It is not recommended that children and young people aged 18 years and under are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional.

If you receive a positive test result and aged 18 or under, you should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day you took your test.

If you receive a positive test result and aged 19 or over, you should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days after the day you took your test.

From Friday 1 April 2022
We understand that the general public will have to pay to take a COVID-19 test even if they have symptoms. Only those people who are in the oldest age groups, are the most vulnerable or who work in certain high risk settings (such as care homes) will have access to free tests.

We will continue to review our contingency plans regularly and will may need to step measures up or down in line with the advice we receive.

In the meantime, we will continue with the below arrangements:

  • Having sanitiser stations in entrance points
  • Cleaning touch points regularly
  • Continuing with the one-way system for the stairs in the old reception
  • Keeping good ventilation and Co2 monitors
  • Continuing with Fogging as per existing arrangements

We know many of our young people continue to experience personal difficulties because of the pandemic and we are actively supporting this as a college team.

Further Information

If you have any worries or concerns and would like to speak to a member of the Learner Services Team, please email info@boston.ac.uk, letting us know your name/your young person’s name and a brief outline of the concern.

Safe online counselling and well being support can also be found through Kooth, authorised by the Lincolnshire County Council, it is a free service to anyone under the age of 19 in Lincolnshire.

For full information on the support available please read our ‘Parent Support’ letter within the ‘For Parent’ section above.

Additional Resources

Provision of remote learning to learners unable to attend on-site for COVID-19 related reasons

The information below is designed to provide information for our learners and parents about the approach provided by the College for online (remote) learning and education.

Following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions curriculum delivery has now reverted to face-to-face for study programme provision. A small proportion of delivery remains online for other provision types to best meet learners/employer needs. Additionally, some learners will need to access their learning online if they are unable to attend on-site for COVID-19 related reasons, such as the requirements to self-isolate. This document is designed to summarise the college’s approach to online (remote) learning for either of the drivers above and provides guidelines for staff to ensure high quality online (remote) education is provided which minimises any potential disruption to learning.

The College’s 'Online Learning – College Approach & Staff Guidelines (COVID-19)' sets out our over-arching guidance about the following:

  • College priorities
  • Introducing learners to online learning
  • Expectations for learner behaviour and participation
  • Attendance and attendance monitoring
  • Resource development
  • Live teaching, streaming, and recording 
  • Assessment
  • Safeguarding learners
  • Location

During any periods of local or national restrictions and/or periods when learners are required to self-isolate, curriculum delivery hours remain the same and are not reduced. Learners are expected to continue to attend and engage in learning as per their full timetable if they are well enough to do so. Registers indicate learner attendance and different entries take account of any periods of self-isolation as well as whether a learner is learning from home.

Learners with SEND are supported by Learner Support Assistants (LSAs) in line with their support plans and this support continues online during any period of local or national restrictions and/or periods when learners are required to self-isolate. All LSAs are trained in the use of MS Teams and skilled at providing support through these means. Learners are also introduced to relevant assistive technologies and supported to become independent in using them to support their learning. Their usage is also well promoted within assessment feedback. The Small Group Tuition Fund (SGTF) is also available for learners aged 16-19 who may benefit from additional support and this can be facilitated online. The College makes good use of live streaming and/or pre-recorded live demonstrations for practical learning activities. For any learners who start to fall behind in the progress they are making within their practical learning the SGTF is available to be used to support catch-up.

The Colleges provides a range of support for learners without devices, connectivity, or a suitable environment for learning. This includes use of the discretionary learner bursary, provision of college lap-tops or devices, onsite online learning hubs which remain open through any periods of local or national restriction.

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