COVID Updates

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Inspire Education Group (IEG) takes the health, support and welfare of students very seriously. We understand that everything feels very different for students at the moment, but we want to help you enjoy your time at IEG and ensure that you’re studying in a place where you feel safe and comfortable.

Here you will find some useful information that will hopefully answer any queries you or your parents/cares/guardians may have.

LATEST COMMUNICATION – 20/01/2022

Dear all students

Following today’s announcement by the Prime Minister, we will be removing the requirement for staff and students to wear face coverings in classrooms, workshops and other teaching spaces as from tomorrow, Thursday 20 January 2022.  However, if you still wish to wear a face covering then please feel free to do so.

The requirement for staff and students to wear face coverings in communal areas remains in place for now.  We will be reviewing the government’s updates over the coming week and will provide further guidance shortly.  The latest guidance for further education is available HERE.

Best wishes

Janet and Rachel

Covid-19 – INFORMATION FOR ALL STUDENTS

Covid-19 Lateral Flow Testing

We received Department for Education guidance recently to help us prepare for the new academic year. Although COVID-19 restrictions are easing across the country, it goes without saying that learner and staff safety will continue to remain our top priority.

If you have COVID-19 self-testing kits readily available at home, we encourage you to take a test before you arrive for your first day of college. As it stands, the advice for anyone with COVID-19 symptoms remains unchanged, so you should NOT come to college and must inform us of your absence via the safeguarding email address, if you do have symptoms or receive a positive COVID-19 test.

If you’re studying at Peterborough College or University Centre Peterborough please report any positive cases to:

Email: Safeguarding@peterborough.ac.uk

If you’re studying at Stamford College please report any positive cases to:

Email: Safeguarding@stamford.ac.uk

From the start of term, on-site COVID-19 lateral flow testing (LFT) will be taking place. We have a ‘tried and tested’ programme already in place for testing onsite at Peterborough and Stamford College , in an effort to identify asymptomatic COVID-19 cases. Whilst the decision to take a test remains optional, all learners and staff will be strongly encouraged to participate in testing to allow us to quickly identify any asymptomatic COVID-19 cases and ultimately, keep our college community as safe as possible. Tests will be self-administered and will be carried out with the support and supervision of fully trained staff.

When will Covid-19 testing take place?

New students: On-site testing will take place from Wednesday 1st September, as part of your first week on campus. If you’re not sure when this is yet, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the college or curriculum team. You will be tested once in week one and once in week two. Returning students: On-site testing will take place from Wednesday 1st September. If you’re not sure when you are expected to return back to college please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your course tutor.

Covid-19 testing at home

All students will be encouraged to continue with home testing using COVID-19 lateral flow tests (LFT). Home testing kits will be provided to all students during your second week, but there will also be some available to collect from the college reception areas at each campus.

Keeping you safe guidance for students, staff and parents/Guardians/Carers

Please read the Keeping you Safe Guide that provides important information whilst studying with Inspire Education Group.

Hand sanitising stations are still located throughout both campuses, which we encourage you to use on entry to the College site, and regularly throughout the day. Our enhanced campus cleaning regime is still in place.

Face coverings are mandatory when walking around campus and in all communal areas. Please bring your own face covering to college and ensure you are wearing one for your own protection and for the protection of others.

Face coverings are also mandatory on all college transport

Covid-19 Vaccine

If you’re aged 16 or over, you’re now eligible to receive your COVID-19 vaccine, which you can get at a local walk-in clinic. Although the NHS will contact you when it’s your turn to get the vaccine, there are walk-in clinics available for you to attend where you can get your vaccine there and then.

We strongly encourage all those who are eligible to have the vaccine to do so, so that you can enjoy the full range of opportunities available at IEG without disruption to your studies. Ensuring our college community is as safe as possible is our top priority. You can find your nearest drop-in clinic here.

For the latest government advice about Coronavirus, these links have all the official information you need – www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 and www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Links/guides:

 

Further education operational guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-further-education-provision/further-education-covid-19-operational-guidance

COVID guidance -For any SUSPECTED or CONFIRMED case of COVID-19 in a student please follow the flow chart below:

Parent-Carer-Flowchart-Covid-19-IEG-Version.pdf

UCP Guidance

The Office for Students (OfS) is the higher education regulator and has updates for students and providers – www.officeforstudents.org.uk/coronavirus

Higher education operational guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-education-reopening-buildings-and-campuses/higher-education-covid-19-operational-guidance