Covid-19 Update for Parents from Halton Borough Council
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Welcome! We are looking forward to the start of term at Riverside College and hope you have had a good summer!
COVID-19 arrangements for the start of term
The College is now operating a new system to help you navigate government guidelines and anticipate any potential changes. As you will no doubt know, the national picture and approach in regards to Covid 19 has had further changes over the summer. We are currently rating the College as COVID Status GREEN and wanted to explain what that means for the start of term.
COVID Status Green means there are no additional restrictions from the Government at this time, however there is still a minimal chance of catching COVID. To reduce that risk the following recommendations are in place.
Masks are not mandatory however we recommend their use in busy or confined spaces or where ventilation is limited. If you would prefer to wear a mask please do so.
Continue to sanitise often
Continue to follow government guidelines and sanitise/wash your hands more frequently. Hand sanitiser will remain available throughout the building. We recommend sanitising or washing your hands upon arrival and departure, before eating and when changing lessons.
Space around you
Be mindful of your surroundings and operate a wider space distance where ventilation is limited.
Lateral Flow Testing
We are asking all students to take part in lateral flow testing at the start of term during the induction days and the first week of classes. Once you have been tested twice you will be issued with test at home kits to continue to test yourself twice a week at home.
Tests are free of charge and you will be supported by trained staff who can answer any question you may have. The lateral flow tests are quick and easy to undertake, using a swab of the nose and throat. Results (which take around half an hour from testing) will be shared directly with you.
IMPORTANT: If you test positive you will need to leave college as soon as possible, unfortunately you will not be able to use public transport to return home.
You would then need to book a confirmatory PCR test and self-isolate until you receive the result.
Getting a vaccine
Vaccines are now available for all age groups including 16 and 17 year olds in England. If you would like to be vaccinated, you can use the link below to see all the walk-in venues offering the vaccination locally as well as the age groups which the clinics can treat:
Wear a facemask when travelling to college by bus
We recommend that you continue to wear a facemask when using dedicated college buses.
If you feel ill
Please do not attend college if you feel symptomatic, book yourself a test using this link
Once again new would like to thank you for your help and support in keeping our college a COVID safe environment. This letter will be updated should new guidance of measures be introduced and is correct as of the date August 18th.
As a reminder most course inductions start week commencing the 6th of September but please double check our website if you wish to remind yourself the start time for your group.
Very best of luck for the upcoming academic year.
Head of Riverside College
16 to 19 Tuition Fund
The college is pleased announce that in line with additional funding provided by the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academic year 20/21 we will be offering small group support tuition for all our eligible 16-19 students.
Covid 19 Risk Assessment
This Risk assessment will be under constant review and any changes made will amended.