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Coronavirus Guidance

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): ADVICE AND UPDATES

LAST UPDATED: Wednesday 12th January 2022 | 09:51am

January 2022

On Tuesday 14th December 2021, COVID-19 isolation rules changed. If someone you live with has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19, or someone you have had close contact has tested positive for COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:

  • You are fully vaccinated (this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of COVID-19 vaccination)
  • You are under 18 years and 6 months old
  • You are taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • You are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

However, you are strongly advised to take an lateral flow test every day for 7 days, or until the household member/close contact who has COVID-19 reaches the end of their self-isolation period if this is earlier.

You must immediately inform the College if you received a positive lateral flow test result.

As of today, Tuesday 11th January, should you receive a positive result you are no longer required to take a confirmatory PCR test unless you:

  • Have symptoms (in which case they need to follow the stay at home guidance, self-isolate and order a PCR test)
  • Wish to claim the Test and Trace Support Payment
  • Have been advised to take a PCR test because they are in a clinically vulnerable group
  • Have been advised to do so as part of a research or surveillance programme


December 2021

Implementation of Plan B by the Government: What this means for Boston College

 

Boston College is committed to providing a safe environment for both learners and staff. Our priority is to deliver face-to face, high quality education to all our learners and to keep everyone safe.

  • Learners should continue to attend all learning sessions
  • Teachers will be continuing to prepare learners for forthcoming assessments and exams in January
  • Learners and staff should continue to test regularly (including over the Christmas Break) – extra tests kits are available at all campuses
  • Face coverings should continue to be worn by all staff and learners in communal areas and on public transport
  • Staff who can work from home will do so
  • Parents or other visitors are strongly encourages to test before attending the College

Should you have any questions relating to the virus the DFE has launched a new helpline to help answer these. Staff, parents and learners can contact the helpline as follows, 0800 046 8687, DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk (opening hours: 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.  If you have any concerns about your health in relation to the coronavirus, COVID-19, please follow Public Health England advice and use the NHS 111 coronavirus service.


Onsite COVID-19 Testing

The Department for Education released guidance on a new national approach to daily testing for contacts of COVID-19. From Tuesday 14th December 2021, people who are fully vaccinated or children/young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months identified as a close contact of someone with Covid19 -whether Omicron or not- should take an NHS rapid lateral flow test every day for seven days.

Our learners have been strongly encouraged to take home packs of home testing kits before the Christmas break and during term times these are available to our staff and learners at all our College campuses.


 

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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