Studentship Expectations and Safety Measures During Covid 19

To help students and staff feel confident and safe when accessing the College buildings during COVID 19, we have added some additional expectations to the Studentship Agreement.

A number of changes have been made to allow for social distancing and to enable the building to re-open. This guidance provides details of how to behave when you are attending lessons at Aquinas this academic year.

Please read and agree to the expectations outlined here BEFORE coming to college.

  • You should only attend college if you have lessons or have been authorised or requested to do so by a member of college staff.
  • Students who arrive at college, and have not been asked to do so, will be sent home and will not be able to access the building without prior authorisation.

Studentship expectations and how to behave onsite:

  • You will need your college ID in order to enter the building and your ID must be visible at all times when you are in the building.
  • Upon arrival everyone is required to use the hand sanitiser provided. There are hand sanitising stations around the building, and it is expected that you maintain good hand hygiene whilst attending college. Use the sanitiser provided or wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds throughout the day.
  • You should sanitise your hands before entering each classroom.
  • Classrooms have been set up to allow for social distancing and you must not move any furniture.
  • When leaving classrooms do so sensibly and following the instructions of your teacher.
  • You should have your own hand sanitiser with you in addition to the stations provided around college.
  • If there is a local lockdown in place for Greater Manchester you will be required to wear a face covering while on corridors and moving around the college building. You can remove these once you have entered a classroom.
  • Adhere to all the signage around college especially when using the canteen.
  • Adhere to the one way system on the staircases. You can only use the staircases on the main corridors to go upstairs and the staircases at the end of the wings are for travelling downstairs.
  • Once your lessons or meetings have finished, you are expected to leave the college site and return home.
  • If you have a gap between lessons please try to book a slot in the Learning Centre or IT Drop-in to complete independent study. Alternatively, you can use any empty classroom to complete independent study. Remember to sanitise your hands when entering the room and do not move any of the furniture
  • To be clear – You must only be in the college building if it is your week to attend lessons onsite or if you have been asked to attend by a member of staff.

Studentship expectations and how to behave when attending lessons remotely:

All of the College’s core values and our behaviour policy still apply when you are attending lessons remotely. The same sanctions for poor behaviour will also be applied. If your studentship is unacceptable, you will be removed from the lesson, as you would be were you onsite.

  • Ensure that you are punctual to lessons, logged on to your device and logged in to the lesson via Google Meet.
  • You are required to stay logged in for the duration of all lessons unless instructed otherwise by the member of staff. Ensure your device has the appropriate power supply to enable this.
  • You are expected to engage in the lesson as normal, in the same way you would onsite, by asking/answering questions and completing all tasks set in the lesson.
  • Subject teachers will explain whether you are required to join with the camera turned on but the audio microphone function must be on and muted when requested.
  • There may be issues with technology initially and it is important to stay with the lesson whilst issues are resolved. We understand it may be difficult at times but with time and practice teachers and students will develop effective ways of working in hybrid lessons.
  • Students who encounter any problems should be encouraged to email their tutors or the College’s IT team ([email protected]) to explain the issue and find a solution.
  • Be aware that lessons (and virtual meetings) may be recorded for teaching, training or safeguarding purposes. By signing the College’s Studentship Agreement you consent to lessons and meetings being recorded.

Registers will be taken at the beginning of every lesson and unauthorised absence will be followed up.

What to do if you are unwell:

  • If you are unable to attend college, please contact college using the normal reporting absence procedures. A parent/carer must telephone college (0161 483 3237) and select option 1 to report a student absence. Please do not come to college if you are feeling unwell.
  • You must not come to college if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID 19. You should follow the advice on the NHS website: seek a COVID 19 test and follow the NHS guidelines based on that test result. If a member of your family has tested positive for COVID 19 you must follow the guidance for self-isolating.
  • If you report that you are experiencing COVID 19 symptoms or that you have a family member who has tested positive, you will not be allowed to return to college until you have completed the required period of self-isolation from the point you reported the situation in your family to us or until you have had a test to confirm that you do not have COVID 19.
  • If you have been near a person who has tested positive for COVID 19, or if you receive a message from the NHS Test and Trace service, you must follow the NHS guidelines regarding self-isolating for 14 days.
  • If you are required to self-isolate but feel well enough, you will be able to access lessons remotely.
  • If you unexpectedly feel unwell having arrived at college or while in a lesson, tell a member of staff immediately. Your teacher or the member of staff you alert will tell you what to do next.
  • If you think you need to leave college before the end of your lessons that day because of a health issue you need to attend Student Information to report that you need to go home

Social Distancing:

When on college premises, staff and students are expected to act in a responsible manner at all times. Please note the following details:

  • Maintain social distancing measures at all times and be mindful of keep 2 metres apart from each other.
  • Do not share any equipment or resources with others.
  • Only one person at a time can access the lifts. Only students with permission to use the lifts should do so. You will need to ask for the new lift code at reception.
  • Please remain in the spaces/areas that staff direct you to. Respect that some areas of college are currently not accessible.
  • Follow the one way system on the college stairways – you can only go upstairs from the main central corridors, you can only go downstairs at the end of each of the corridor wings.
  • Consider that our canteen and food facilities will not be running as normal and whilst food will be available, the area is socially distanced so capacity is reduced. Additional covered seating has been provided outside. You may want to consider bringing your own packed lunch. Water dispensers are available, but you will need to bring your own drinks container.
  • If you smoke/vape you must still use the smoking/vaping area, but you must socially distance and stay two metres apart from any other person.
  • Do not go to the toilets in pairs. Keep your distance when using the college toilets.

Travelling to college:

As usual you should arrange your own transport to college but do so with the current government guidance in mind.

  • If at all possible do not use public transport – travel on foot, by bike or by car.
  • If you must use public transport you are required to wear a face-covering.
  • If using public transport, follow the travel providers guidance.
  • If you are driving to college, please park in the college car parks.

Prioritising Safety:

We expect all members of the college community to be mindful of the safety of others. If you have any concerns or feel worried or anxious at any time talk to any staff member in college.

  • If you see someone (staff or student,) not adhering to the social distancing rules, you must report this, confidentially, to a member of staff onsite.
  • We care about your safety and the safety of our staff. If this code of conduct is broken at any time, the student will immediately be required to leave the college campus and may be subject to disciplinary action.
  • By attending the college campus, you are agreeing to the expectations outlined in this document.
  • Please contact your Senior Tutor if you have any concerns about attending college.
  • Ensure that you do not attend if you are required to self-isolate due to potential contact with the virus, even if you do not have symptoms. Follow the NHS guidance on self-isolating.