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DCG Covid Safety

Keeping you Safe

Our aim is to provide a full high-quality education programme and we are committed to prioritising our students’ health, safety and wellbeing by using the Governments guidance as the minimum standard to ensure sites are safe for students and employees.

You can read the Government guidelines for colleges

We have reviewed our DCG COVID-19 risk assessment, and whilst Covid is still in circulation, we remain vigilant and ask all employees, students and visitors to follow these control measures:
  • Hand sanitising – please ensure that you regularly wash/sanitise your hands. There are hand sanitisation points around the College sites.
  • From Tuesday 30th November, face coverings will be compulsory for all employees, students and visitors, unless exempt, within communal areas across all College sites, and on public and dedicated College transport.
  • Social distancing – we encourage everyone to give each other personal space.
  • Employee/Student testing – please make sure that you are testing at home twice per week and report your results to the NHS: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result, and let us know if you have tested positive: DCG Covid Positive report form (office.com) (Lateral Flow Test kits can be collected from either reception or student services; all students will be issued kits during induction week)
  • Close contact with a confirmed case – If you are under 18 ½ or fully vaccinated, you will not be required to self-isolate if you are notified as being a close contact of someone with COVID-19. You will be advised to take a PCR test.
  • If you have symptoms or positive lateral flow test – self isolate and book a PCR test. Follow the absence reporting procedure and let us know if you have tested positive: DCG Covid Positive report form (office.com)

In addition, we have an enhanced cleaning throughout our sites which includes regular sanitisation of classrooms and offices.

VISITOR COVID QUESTIONNAIRE

External visitors are no longer required to complete this form but need to continue to sign in/out and be issued with a visitor badge.

SITE BUBBLES

Employees, students and visitors are now able to move between sites, as and when required.

Covid Testing – Derby College (derby-college.ac.uk)

LATERAL FLOW TESTING

All employees and students are encouraged to carry out twice-weekly which on-site testing will be available during the first two weeks back.

On-site testing is voluntary but strongly encouraged. You will need to complete a consent form before attending one of our test sites and results will be recorded on the NHS Online reporting system.

For more information, visit: Covid Testing – Derby College

Home test kits will be distributed to all students and employees and you are asked to report your result (positive or negative) to the NHS Test and Trace and (positive only) to College.

REPORT TO NHS TEST AND TRACE https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

REPORT TO COLLEGE DCG Covid Positive report form

VACCINATION

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective and they give you the best protection against COVID-19.

Further information is available at: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

People aged 16 and 17, and children aged 12 to 15 who are eligible, will be contacted by a local NHS service such as a GP surgery to book their vaccination appointments.

Derby Arena host drop in sessions for 16-17 year olds and dates are advertised via the following link https://joinedupcarederbyshire.co.uk/public-info-covid-19/covid-19-vaccine/covid-19-vaccination-walk-clinics-and-resources.

SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
  • For more information, visit: Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

If you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they’re mild:

  • Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if you have COVID-19 as soon as possible.
  • You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
  • Get a PCR test to check if you have COVID-19 on GOV.UK

Remote education provision: information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education as national lockdowns and/or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to students at home.

Our students will move seamlessly to remote education, with timetabled classes taking place, as before.

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in College wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, (there will be adaptations to vocational practical learning. Where the practical learning cannot take place at home, the College will either prioritise theory learning or organise some practical learning workshops on site from time to time, in a Covid safe way)

Students that are required to work at home can access College systems and content from any internet browser, on any internet-connected device. This can include, but is not limited to, Windows desktops and laptops, apple mac desktops and laptops, tablets (android and apple), mobiles (android and apple), games consoles (PlayStation and Xbox). For games consoles we would recommend plugging in a USB keyboard to make it easier.

To simplify access, we would recommend:

https://my.dcg.ac.uk – this provides links to timetables, Moodle course updates and assignments, office 365 (Teams, OneDrive etc.), pro-portal but will also have a banner which will be used to communicate our latest message to students.

The MyDCG App for mobile device available from the app store – this provides the same links as the above but more conveniently or more inclusively on a mobile phone or tablet device.

https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/student-systems-hub – this provides a link directly to the systems they may need, but will require authentication, whereas the App or MyDCG will only require you to authenticate once on access or install.

For further guidance about working remotely visit: https://moodle.derby-college.ac.uk/course/edit.php?id=1246679 Student logon for Moodle, Emails or the App is the same as College laptops.

Any students highlighted as unable to access online learning has been contacted with details of which College sites are available to access during the lockdown period. If you are unable to access IT please contact your teacher who will arrange for your child’s online sessions to be accessed at a DCG campus.

As part of your learning, we will be using a variety of teaching approaches including:

  • live teaching (online lessons)
  • recorded teaching.
  • access to course resources, including recorded sessions, workbooks, worksheets and digital content via Microsoft Teams and Moodle (VLE)
  • textbooks and reading books students have at home.
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences.
  • Your teacher and your Personal Tutor will be in regular contact with you each week and your Progression Coach will be in frequent communication.
  • expectations for students’ engagement with remote education. Students are required to access lessons at their scheduled time and follow the absence reporting procedures if they are unable to.
  • expectations of parental support, for example, setting routines to support your child’s education.
  • follow the Covid absence reporting procedures as per instructions on our website.
  • Parents/Carers to contact their Childs teacher/Personal Tutor if they need guidance and / or support with content and / or accessing remote lessons.

You will be contacted by:

  • Teachers expect students to attend live online lessons and attendance is monitored each week.
  • Students (and parents of students) who do not attend, and do not tell us why they are not attending, will be contacted by the course teacher or manager or progression coach by telephone, and if needed by letter. A review will be undertaken weekly.

We will feed back to you by:

Summative and formative assessments, and in-class assessment activities such as quizzes, questioning, short tasks Feedback on summative and formative assessments will follow the Assessment, Feedback, Marking and Progression Policy (within 10 working days of submission).

We recognise that some students, for example some students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those students in the following ways:

For students who need additional support this is in place, whether they are studying on site or remotely. Our in-class support staff (Education Support Workers and Communication Support Workers, for Deaf students) join online classes. Teaching and support staff will share strategies and tasks with parents and carers where support is needed at home.

Some of our most complex students with SEN (Pathways to Independence and Pathways to Work) will follow a personalised timetable, may study remotely for short sessions, with follow up practical tasks set for them to do at home.

Parents are carers please contact tutors and our inclusion teams for details of specific support strategies. These may have been shared with you when your young persons inclusive teaching was created.

Contact your teacher directly and they will put a specific plan in place.