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Message to students and apprentices

(Published Friday 11 September 2020)

It has been lovely to welcome you to college, whether you have joined us for the first time or returned to college for your first full week of teaching. It has been wonderful to see the college really come to life.

We have been reviewing our systems and processes to keep you safe in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and considering what action to take in response to the latest government announcements.

At the moment our approach to keeping you all safe is to put students in ‘bubbles’ and to ask you to remain in your bubble for the vast majority of your time at college. In addition, in many areas we are operating on a model of 50% of students being on campus and 50% learning from home at any one time. We have also asked you to wear a mask or face covering on our college buses, just like you would have to do if you were accessing public transport. We have also asked that if you have any COVID symptoms at all (such as a cough, temperature, loss of taste and/or smell) that you don’t attend college until you have had a test or self-isolated for ten days. If anyone in your household has symptoms then you will also need to get a test or self-isolate for 14 days.

We have noticed this week that while this has been working well in some areas, in corridors and canteen areas it is harder to remain in your bubble.

As a result, from Monday 14 September we will be making some further changes to make sure that you are as safe as you possibly can be while you are with us. From Monday you will be required to not only wear a mask or face covering on our buses but in all indoor public areas of the college. This is in addition to asking you to remain in your class bubble as much as possible. We ask you to provide your own face covering or mask but will have spare masks on reception points if you forget one. This change applies to everyone at college, including staff and visitors. You are also reminded to practice regular hand-washing or hand-sanitisation. Below is some further information:

Where will I have to wear a mask or face covering?

  • When leaving your classroom and travelling/circulating in corridors.
  • In canteens and diners.
  • In reception areas.
  • In workshop areas at Station Park and Oddicroft Lane.
  • When visiting the library (but not if you are working in there, unless you want to wear one).
  • In the Create Hub (unless using it for a taught session).
  • In toilets.

I am exempt from wearing a mask or face covering – what do I need to do?

  • If you are exempt from wearing a mask or face covering and you already have a green sunflower lanyard, then please feel free to wear this alongside your college lanyard.
  • If you have an exemption card already on your phone please show this to staff.
  • If you don’t have a green sunflower lanyard or an existing exemption card the college can provide you with an exemption card. These can go inside the back of your lanyard-holder so you can show them to bus drivers and others. You can get one from support coaches or your support worker, if you have one in class.
  • We are looking at providing a more visible way of showing that you are exempt that will save you having to show your card all the time as soon as we have these in stock we will let you know.

What if I am a lip reader or will really struggle to understand someone if they are wearing a mask or face covering?

  • Teachers in classrooms will not wear a mask or face covering but may wear clear plastic face shields/visors.
  • We will have badges that you can put on your lanyard that will let someone know you are struggling to understand and ask them to temporarily remove their mask when talking to you. These will be available from reception points from Monday.

I don’t want to wear a mask or face covering – can I wear a clear face shield/visor?

  • Yes, you can.

Why choose West Notts?

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98.8% A Level pass rate in 2019

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Best A Level provider in Mansfield and Ashfield for student progress*

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction**

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area

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£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

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