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Latest COVID-19 Updates

Adapting to the new norm

Take a look at our online video to see what measures we have put in place.

Latest Updates

The safety of our students and staff is our priority and our teams have worked closely with local health teams and advisors during the pandemic to keep our campuses as safe as possible.

We implemented protective measures when the campuses reopened more fully in Summer 2020 and whilst the Government has lifted restrictions nationally, we are maintaining a number of these measures to minimise as much as possible any transmission of the Covid virus.

Below is further information about what measures we have in place.

Home Testing

All staff and students are encouraged to participate in the home Covid testing twice weekly and report their results through to the Government and College portals. This will continue over the summer and during the Autumn Term. Test kits are available for staff and students, free of charge, from the campus reception points. Please collect your home test kit and obtain further kits when you are getting low.

If you receive a positive lateral flow test, you should report this and book to have a PCR test to confirm the positive result. Find out more.

Mass Testing

The College undertook mass testing in March 2021 prior to a full reopening of campuses and is working in accordance with Government guidelines to undertake mass testing in September 2021. Plans are currently being put in place for this mass testing for students and further information will be issued in due course.

Coming onto campus

You will not be allowed onto campus if you:

  • you have symptoms of COVID-19
  • you, or any members of your household, or any close contacts (including extended family or friends you have seen and bubbles at holiday activities and sports clubs) have tested positive for COVID-19
  • you have travelled outside of the UK and not yet completed a period of isolation;
  • you haven’t completed a full 10-day isolation period, if requested

If you are visiting our campuses, you will be required to wear a face mask at all times. Please read our Visitor Guide before you visit.

Handwashing and hygiene 

We have deep cleaned all our facilities and continue to do this on an ongoing basis. Hand sanitiser stations are at entry and exit points, reception, canteens, toilets and outside lifts.

All students should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds upon arrival and at the end of the day before travelling home.

Hands should be washed regularly throughout the day, or hand sanitiser used, in particular when entering or leaving a classroom, workshop or building.

Good respiratory hygiene is also essential. Please cover your mouth with a tissue when sneezing and dispose of tissues used immediately into a waste bin. Always wash or sanitise your hands straight away.

Students and staff will be asked to wipe down their desk and chair, computers, keyboards and mouse after use and any shared tools (where in use) will need to be sprayed or wiped after each use.

Social distancing 

We ask that you maintain, where possible, a sensible distance from others when in social and communal spaces.

Perspex screens have been installed at all reception points.

We have not implemented one-way systems on the campuses as it would introduce safeguarding risks. However, we have marked out corridors and staircases with direction marking to help manage the flow of people around the campuses, and we are asking everyone to keep left when moving around the campus.

Face masks/coverings 

You are encouraged to wear a face mask in social and communal areas on campus.

When you wear a face mask or covering, it is important to use face coverings properly (covering your mouth and nose) and wash your hands before putting them on and after taking them off.

If you are travelling on public transport, you are required to wear a face mask.

Self-isolation

The guidance on who needs to self-isolate is changing from 16 August. Please, therefore, ensure that you and any close contacts follow the latest guidance for isolation should you receive a positive test result or if you are notified as being a close contact of someone who has tested positive. Read more.

Code of Conduct

We know that the vast majority of our students and apprentices have exemplary standards of behaviour.

However, we will be putting in place a modified code of conduct for the coming weeks where we will ask all students, apprentices and staff to adhere to strict protocols and expectations around conduct. To deal with any issues we will put in place sanctions.

Further information

We are closely monitoring the situation as it continues to evolve. Further updates will be posted on our website and via social media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) so please do use these forums to keep up to date.

If you want to get in touch with us directly, please call us on 01462 424242 or email us at studentcovid@nhc.ac.uk

If you have questions about your remote learning or technical difficulties, please contact your tutor or call 01462 424242.

If you need additional pastoral support, advice or guidance, please email our Student Services team at support@nhc.ac.uk or call 01462 424242 (select option 2).

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