Thank you to all students and staff for their support over the academic year.
The college will welcome its students, staff and visitors to campus in the autumn term, where we will continue to ask they conduct lateral flow tests (LFT) twice weekly. It’s likely students will meet with others during the summer holidays, and because of this the college will offer students two onsite lateral flow device tests. These tests will be three to five days apart in the autumn term.
Safety remains our priority and we will be revisiting our risk assessments and Covid-19 measures over the summer in accordance with government guidance and recommended practice.
We will also continue to support our vulnerable students, working with the local authority and other professionals where appropriate.
We encourage all students to take up the offer of both vaccine doses as and when they become eligible. The Covid-19 vaccination is being offered to all aged 18 and over at local sites run by GPs or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals. To book or manage your coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination, click here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
The college remains vigilant about new and additional safeguarding concerns. If you have any safeguarding concerns, please speak to Lynn Pass via email or phone:
Phone: 0121 602 7777
If you are a vulnerable student and have concerns, please let Learning Support know by contacting Helen Stockdale via email or phone:
Phone: 0121 602 7777
We would ask Students and staff to please report positive cases to the college as normal using the online absence system at the bottom of the page so monitoring and reporting can take place
Up to one third of people who have coronavirus are asymptomatic. By testing we will help to reduce the spread in the college setting through asymptomatic transmission. The College therefore strongly encourages those returning to college to be tested.
The lateral flow tests are quick and easy to undertake, using a swab of the nose and throat. Results take around half an hour from testing. You should inform the college of a positive test result. You will also receive a text/email confirmation of a positive or negative result from the online NHS system when you register your result. Tests are free of charge.
This testing programme at college is for people with no symptoms. If you develop symptoms at any time (including a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) you must immediately self-isolate, and book a test by calling 119 or visiting Book a Test.
Information regarding the data collected is included in a document at the top right of this page.
Students showing any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss or change in their sense of smell or taste) should not attend College or attempt to travel to College. This is also the case if they are living with someone who is displaying these symptoms.
If a student displays any symptoms during the College day, they will need to leave the College site.
Students will be taken to a designated room to wait for parents/carers or a taxi to collect them.
An enhanced cleaning regime is in place and this will be deployed after the student has left the site.
Students will not be able to return until they are free from symptoms and the proper period of self-isolation has passed, or they are free from symptoms and have had a negative test result.
Tests can be booked on the NHS Test and Trace Website or by calling NHS 119. The College must be informed of a positive or negative result.
Soap in toilets will be checked and replenished throughout the day. Any issues can be reported through QR codes in the toilets.
Hand sanitiser stations are in place at the speed gates and staff will be on duty to ensure that students use them as they enter.
There is hand sanitiser at the entrance to every block.
Toilets have handwashing instructions clearly displayed.
Ensuring Good Respiratory Hygiene by Promoting “Catch it, kill it, bin it”
Posters will promote the message around the College.
Students should bring in their own tissues to College, but tissues and bins are available around the College.
Cleaning “Frequently Touched Surfaces” Using Standard Products Such as Detergents and Bleach
Cleaning staff are scheduled throughout the day to clean frequently touched surfaces and toilets.
Students will be taught in distinct groups and the groups will be kept separate as much as possible.
Wherever possible, classrooms will be arranged so that desks are in rows with students facing forward.
Students should bring their own equipment and not share it.
Students within the same group can share College equipment but it will be cleaned regularly as part of the new cleaning routine.
Students will be required to wear face coverings on College coaches.
There will be a mix of online and face-to-face learning to limit numbers of students on campus.
Students will have been given a full induction of how to access online learning and lessons and these will be clearly timetabled alongside their face-to-face learning.
Students will have been surveyed at induction to ensure they have the necessary equipment for online learning. If any students are concerned that they do not have the necessary equipment for online learning, they are asked to inform their Personal Coach as soon as possible.
The College’s B63 Bistro, Elliott’s and Starbucks will be open in line with government guidance for retail and hospitality .
Please wear a face covering when buying food and drinks in all outlets. When you are seated to eat/drink you may remove your face covering.
Capacity will be limited, and staff will manage the number of people inside.
Please queue in a way that maintains social distance and respects other people’s space.
Sanitise your hands before eating.
Dispose of your own litter.
Wipe down your table using the sanitiser/wipes provided.
At Whittingham Road the following outlets will be open:
At Shenstone House the following outlets will be open:
At Coombs Wood the following outlets will be open:
Please pay contactless wherever possible using a College Card or a debit/credit card.
We have updated our guidance on the wearing of face coverings, which apply to students, staff and visitors
Staff and students should bring their own face covering into College as we cannot provide these on an ongoing basis.
It is essential that face coverings are worn safely, and students are discouraged from touching their face and wearing a mask that is not clean. When removing a mask, students should wash their hands first then place the mask in a sealable, plastic bag for storage, reversing the process when putting it back on. Students should ensure they have a suitable bag to store it in for times when it is not in use.
For 2020-21 our College Student HUB will be accessible virtually, as well as via bookable face to face appointment. Such services include:
Halesowen College continues to support its vulnerable students. The College’s leads for Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities have identified some key websites and resources which they believe may be useful to our vulnerable students and their families.
If you have any questions or queries, please contact us using the Submit a question option below.
Government guidance to support families with young people with vulnerabilities, links to government support.
Information for students who would have been working as part of their college course, useful information about your job and support whilst the business is unable to support you in work.
Books beyond words have produced some books without words to explain some of the confusion surrounding the coronavirus for student with a learning disability or communication difficulties.
A guidance about the coronavirus in an easy to read format for students with learning disabilities.
A website that includes links to support the rights of students with disabilities and their families during the current pandemic.
Supporting resources for people with autism and their families, some great case studies of autistic peoples experience during the lockdown.
Helpful link to explain the procedures to claim universal credit during the pandemic.
It is normal to feel stressed and anxious during such difficult times. Below is our advice for protecting your mental health and well-being while the world navigates this ever-changing situation:
If you need someone to talk to, and know your personal coach’s email address, contact them directly. If not, contact a member of the safeguarding team:
Please take care of yourselves and those around you.
If you have any concerns about your health you should use the NHS 111 website initially, or if you have no internet access then contact the free NHS 111 telephone helpline. Check the NHS website for the latest official advice.
To see our previous responses and guidance, please refer to our archive pages available here: https://www.halesowen.ac.uk/home/coronavirus-update-archive/
https://www.halesowen.ac.uk/home/coronavirus-update-archive-2/ https://www.halesowen.ac.uk/home/coronavirus-update-archive-3/ https://www.halesowen.ac.uk/home/coronavirus-update-archive-4/ https://www.halesowen.ac.uk/home/coronavirus-update-archive-5/