College update: Monday 19 October 2020

Dear Student/Parent/Carer,

We have taken the decision to move all daytime teaching and learning at our Broadwater Campus to online delivery from Tuesday 20 October until Monday 02 November 2020. This is in response to a high number of teaching staff currently being required to self-isolate. All planned evening (adult learning) classes based at our Broadwater Campus will continue onsite as normal.

Please note that we have only had three confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Broadwater site - this includes staff and students. We have taken steps to identify anyone who came into close contact with these cases and have written to them individually. If you have not received a specific letter, there is no need for you to take any action and you do not need to self-isolate.

All 14-16 classes, FE study programmes and English & maths lessons based at our Broadwater Campus will be delivered remotely until Monday 02 November. If this applies to you, your tutor will be in touch directly with the necessary arrangements.

During the rest of this week (until half term), your usual college timetable will be delivered remotely and attendance at these online sessions is expected unless you develop symptoms (read more about this below). The attendance mark will be recorded as ‘D’ to denote that it is remote delivery.

Learning support will continue to be given online during this period. If you have any particular concerns, please contact your tutor or the ALS team on als@gbmc.ac.uk 

The LRC at Broadwater will be open as usual for students who do not have access to hardware and/or WIFI at home. To use these facilities, please continue to practice social distancing, wear a face covering and sanitise your hands regularly.

Students will still be able to contact their Pastoral Mentors and can also contact the team via the mentor@gbmc.ac.uk email address.

For students studying at one of our other campuses (Central Brighton, East Brighton, Shoreham or West Durrington), there is no change to your current teaching arrangements.

What to do if you develops symptoms of COVID-19

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when your symptoms appeared. Please report this absence to us immediately via the COVID-19 absence reporting form located on our website, gbmc.ac.uk 

Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. Please send us a copy of your test result via email to covid19.absence@gbmc.ac.uk

People who do not have symptoms should not request a test unless this has been specifically requested by Public Health England or the local authority.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

If you are able, you can move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Please see the link to the PHE ‘Stay at Home’ Guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Symptoms of COVID-19

 The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If you do develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your symptoms, or they are worsening, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19.

 Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further information

Further information is available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Should you have any further questions, please contact our Health and Safety department at h&s@gbmc.ac.uk 

Helena Thomas
Principal
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

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