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:
In addition, we have an enhanced cleaning throughout our sites which includes regular sanitisation of classrooms and offices.
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.
Employees, students and visitors are now able to move between sites, as and when required.
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.
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.
The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
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:
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:
You will be contacted by:
We will feed back to you by:
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.
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
Contact your teacher directly and they will put a specific plan in place.
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test, even if your symptoms are mild. You should self-isolate at home while you book the test and wait for the results. You must self-isolate if you test positive.
You must also self-isolate if you are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace, for example if you have come into contact with someone who has tested positive. This remains the law, regardless of your vaccination status.
From 16 August, if you have been fully vaccinated you will be exempt from the requirement to self-isolate if you are a contact of a positive case. You will instead be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible.
You will also be exempt from self-isolation from 16 August if you are under 18 and a contact of a positive case. As with adults, you will be advised whether a PCR test needs to be taken. If you are 18 years old you will be treated in the same way as under 18 year olds until 6 months after your 18th birthday, to allow you the opportunity to get fully vaccinated.
If you test positive you will still need to self-isolate regardless of your vaccination status or age. When self-isolating, follow the stay-at-home guidance.