Information and advice for City College students and staff
Updated: 11th October 2021
Coronavirus continues to be a concern, however we are optimistic that college life will be more normal this year. We will continue to follow current national and local guidance to keep our college community safe.
We currently have the following safety measures in place:
- Everyone will wear face-coverings when in corridors or shared public spaces
- Good ventilation
- Washing or sanitising hands regularly
- Maintaining social distancing where possible
- Test twice a week at home (test kits to be collected at college in class)
Students are updated on any changes by email and text. If your details have recently changed please let us know.
Everyone over the age of 16 is now able to be vaccinated. We strongly encourage everyone to be vaccinated as this will reduce the risks to all of our college community.
Student Wellbeing and Support
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16 to 19 Tuition Fund
The Department of Education announced funding to support students whose learning was disrupted as a result of the COVID pandemic.
Keeping you safe at City College
Our top priority is to ensure that the College is a safe environment for all. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have put lots of safety measures in place to keep staff, students and apprentices as safe as possible during this academic year.
All students, apprentices and visitors must follow our rules – if you do not, you will not be allowed on site.
What to do if you have coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms
If you, or anyone you live with, has coronavirus symptoms do not come to college.
Current coronavirus symptoms are listed here on the NHS website.
Step 1) Report: You must report your absence to us as soon as you decide you have symptoms, even if this is on a day when you are not normally in college. Report your absence via Citybit or by emailing email@example.com. We will call you to check details with you.
Step 2) Test: You must book a test as soon as posssible https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
Step 3) Result:
- As soon as you or the person with symptoms gets their result, it is very important that you tell us.
- If your test is negative, once you have told us this you may return to college.
- If your test is positive you must follow NHS guidance and self-isolate for at least ten days from the start of your symptoms or until you are well (whichever is longer).
Keep up to date using Citybit or www.southampton-city.ac.uk.
Face Coverings / Masks
Anyone may wear a face mask when they wish to.
All students, apprentices, staff and any external visitors must wear a face mask or face covering when in corridors or public spaces whilst on the College campus.
If you are exempt from wearing a mask for health reasons, you will be asked to collect sunflower lanyard to wear and show that you are exempt.
We are strongly encouraging those who have not worn face masks to reconsider wearing one for their own protection. Face visors are not as protective as masks.
Students, apprentices and visitors must bring their own face coverings.
Anyone travelling to college on public transport is strongly advised by the NHS to wear a face covering whilst on a bus, ferry, train or taxi.
Good Hand Hygiene
NHS advice is that we all need to wash or sanitise our hands regularly.
Students and apprentices will enter college through the St Mary Street entrance and will be asked to sanitise their hands when they first enter. They should wash their hands or sanitise them before leaving college.
Everyone needs to wash or sanitise their hands often, while they are in college.
Bathrooms are available in every building for hand washing and hand sanitisers are on every floor of every building for regular use through the day.
Moving Round College
Timetables have been designed to reduce the need for students and apprentices to move round the college, so wherever possible they stay in a regular group and don’t mix with other groups.
When moving round the college everyone is asked to keep to the left of corridors and stairs. In some areas there are one-way systems, which everyone must obey.
Lifts should only be used by those who need them, as only one person can use them at a time.
More cleaners will be on site during the day, to clean areas that are touched a lot, such as door handles.
There are cleaning materials in every classroom, workshop and practical area for teachers and students to use.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who has to self-isolate?
You must self-isolate if:
- You have any coronavirus symptoms (high temperature, cough, loss/change to your sense of smell or taste)
- You have tested positive via Lateral Flow test or PCR test
If you are in close contact with someone who has tested positive you must do the following:
(This includes anyone that you live with or someone you have had close contact with or where the College identifies you as a close contact)
If you are under 18 years and 6 months or you are over this age and have had both vaccinations:
- you should have a PCR test and not come into college until you have your result (this should not take more than 1 or 2 days).
- People with a negative test result may then come to college
- People with a positive test result will need to self-isolate as instructed by the NHS
If you are over 18 years and 6 months and not double-vaccinated:
- You must self-isolate for 10 days
The NHS most up to date guidance is here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/
What happens if I have to self-isolate?
It is very important you do not come into college if you have to self-isolate. You will be able to keep up with your coursework using Citybit, our online learning system.
Please tell us you are self-isolating by Citybit or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
How are practical courses, such as beauty and hairdressing, taught safely?
We are following the Department of Business guidance for sectors such as hairdressing and beauty.
Are the college’s catering facilities open?
Is the Learning Resource Centre open?
Our Library and Learning Resource Centre areas are open, with additional health and safety measures in place.
Has the College conducted a full risk assessment for managing risks from coronavirus?
Yes the College regularly updates its risk assessment for coronavirus in line with changes in government guidance. The most recent version is here: