March 2022 – UPDATED COVID GUIDANCE AND LFT TESTING

Following the updated guidance given to schools, please see below the expectations around COVID and LFT Testing.

COVID SAFE MEASURES IN SCHOOL

At school, we continue to follow our COVID risk assessment including:

  • enhanced cleaning routines for common touch points,
  • increased ventilation,
  • enhanced hand sanitisation,
  • encouragement to use tissues and follow “catch it, bin it, kill it”
  • face masks remain a personal choice for all members of the school.
  • COVID isolation for positive cases/symptomatic students

 

POSTIVE COVID ISOLATION GUIDANCE

  • Should your child develop COVID symptoms; they will be isolated and sent home or are expected to stay at home.
  • Your child should take an LFT test at home to determine if they have COVID.
  • If this test confirms they are COVID positive, they should isolate for 5days. You should inform the school of their absence, reporting this via the normal School Absence number. 
  • After 5 days, providing your child does not have a high temperature, they should receive two negative LFT tests (24 hours apart) to return to school.

 

CHANGES TO ASYMPTOMATIC or CLOSE CONTACT – LFT TESTING

  • Students at secondary school are no longer expected to carry out twice weekly, asymptomatic testing.
  • Close contacts are no longer expected to test daily for 7 days.
  • LFT tests are no longer available from schools, these can be ordered on line HERE.

 How to do a COVID-19 Self Test

college ANNOUNCEMENTS/letters REGARDING COVID-19

Covid-19 catch up strategy

MetricData
School nameThe City of Leicester College
Students in school1732
COVID-9 catch-up allocation£110,000
Academic year covered by statement2020-21
COVID-19 Catch up LeadHarriet Hurdley-Lees

Click HERE to view our strategy.

 

16-19 Tuition Fund

The Department of Education announced funding to support students whose learning was disrupted as a result of the COVID pandemic. This 16-19 Tuition Fund is available to all 16 to 19 providers and is ring-fenced for 16 to 19 small group tuition only.

The guidance indicates that the priority for support must be students on a 16 to 19 study programme and who have not achieved grade 4 or above in GCSE maths and/or English by age 16.  The subjects covered in the tuition may not be limited to English and Maths but will be identified according to need and existing programmes.

The City of Leicester College commits to using the small group tuition funding that it has been given to mitigate against the impact of the pandemic on eligible students and to arrange for the tuition to take place in the current academic year. Students will be prioritised for small group tuition based on the guidance released by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

remote learning

It is essential students continue to receive high quality teaching and learning should a class, group or small number of students need to self-isolate, or should there be  a local or national lockdown that requires students to remain at home. At TCOLC we are committed to providing a remote learning strategy, that is both challenging, engaging and facilitates excellent student progress.

Click HERE to visit our Remote Learning page.

Guidance and resources

Please read and follow the most recent guidance:

Click HERE to view safety videos which are now available in 14 languages to help communities protect themselves from coronavirus.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

The DfE has launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.

Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

  • Phone: 0800 046 8687
  • Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
  • Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Online Educational Resources

There are a number of educational resources that have been made available to all students.

The National Academy – A selection of online lessons and resources for students.

BBC Bitesize – A selection of daily lessons for students.

Planning the Day – A document that helps parents/carers and their children maintain good home learning routines.

Pearson Education – free activities, tools and advice to support learning at home.

Virtual Museum Tours – free virtual tour of the best museums around the world.

TES – free resources for home learning.