College update: Wednesday 04 November 2020

The Government has announced that from Thursday 5 November, England will enter a new national lockdown. Unlike the previous lockdown, schools, colleges and universities have been told to remain open. 

GB MET will continue to operate as normal. This means there is no change to our current arrangements for teaching and learning. 

Before half-term, we took the decision to move all daytime teaching at our Broadwater Campus to online delivery for the remainder of that week due to a high number of staff self-isolating. Face-to-face teaching at this site resumed on Monday 02 November.

We continue to isolate any staff and students who may have had close contact with confirmed cases and so far there is no evidence of transmission happening within the College.

Should there be any risk that you have come into close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, we will be in touch and advise you to self-isolate, as per the Government’s guidelines. If we - or the NHS Test and Trace Team - have not been in touch, you do not need to isolate unless you develop symptoms. Read more about this here.

The Government has identified two vulnerable groups and will shortly be writing to those individuals classified as extremely clinically vulnerable. The guidance for each group is as follows:

 

Clinically vulnerable

  • Be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise your contacts with others.
  • Continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently than usual and maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in your home and/or workspace.

Clinically extremely vulnerable

  • Work or study from home.
  • Stay at home as much as possible but you can go outside for exercise.

If you receive a letter identifying you as clinically extremely vulnerable, we will not expect you to attend college. Please send a copy of your letter to your tutor who will make arrangements for you to continue your studies remotely. 

If you live with someone who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable and you are concerned about attending college, please speak to your tutor who will provide advice on a case-by-case basis.

Finally, please can I remind you once again of the importance of following the ‘’hands, face and space” guidance, downloading the NHS COVID-19 app and using our dedicated COVID-19 absence reporting process for any suspected or confirmed cases. These simple measures allow us to act quickly should any cases arise and minimise the risk of transmission.

Andrew Green
Interim CEO

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