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Message to students and apprentices

Published Friday 16 April 2021:

Information about returning to college from Monday 19 April

We are looking forward to welcoming almost all students back to college full-time from Monday 19 April and want to reassure you that the college is a safe place to study.

We recognise you may have a mixture of emotions about more students being on campus – from looking forward to seeing people you haven’t seen for a while, to feeling a little nervous or anxious about returning to a busier environment.

Please be assured that the steps outlined below are all in place to keep us as safe as possible.

Clinically vulnerable people will now have been vaccinated and home tests are available to everyone to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Over 3,500 tests were performed at college during the two-week period of on-site testing in March. Thank you to everyone who took part.

The key things you need to remember on your full return to on-campus study are:

  • HANDS – Wash frequently and sanitise every time you enter a room
  • FACE – Wear a face mask/covering at all times, unless eating/drinking or you are exempt from wearing one
  • SPACE – Although social distancing may not be possible at all times, please remain in your class bubble and ensure there is good ventilation in the room
  • TEST – Take a home test twice a week. Why not take one before you return to college?

Buses and canteens

Buses will run as usual from Monday 19 April and canteens will be operating a full service on all sites. Please stick to your class bubbles in canteens and other common areas.

Social distancing on transport is not possible so it is important that everyone wears a face mask/covering and you keep windows open where possible.

If you catch the 4.50pm bus then please stay in your classroom until 4.40pm to ensure we don’t have too many people gathering outside.

Covid-19 home testing kits

The college is offering lateral flow home-testing kits to every student, which are available to collect from your tutor.

While it isn’t mandatory that you take the test, we would strongly encourage you to do so. It really does help provide peace of mind and you will also be doing your bit to keep your classmates, your teachers and your friends and families safe.

You’re advised to take two tests per week, preferably 3-5 days apart, and around days that you are due to attend college (for example, Sunday night or Monday morning if in college on a Monday, and Wednesday night or Thursday morning if in college on a Thursday). Testing on a Saturday is not required.

Once you have received your testing kits, please make sure to read the guidance by clicking here, which includes the process of taking a test, frequently asked questions, and lots of useful guidance videos too.

Don’t forget, you must notify the college AND the NHS of your test results, no matter if it comes back positive, negative, or void.

Please use the following links to report your test result:

  • For the college, please click here (it may ask you to log in to your college account first)
  • For the NHS, access the website by clicking here or report your result via telephone on 119. Opening hours for the phone service are 7am to 11pm.

Remember – the lateral flow tests are only intended for those people with no Covid symptoms. If you have any of the three symptoms (persistent cough, high temperature, loss or change to sense of smell and taste) you should not attend college and urgently book a PCR test.

Got any questions?

If you have any questions then please attend one of the upcoming Covid-19 Q&A student drop-in sessions. These will be held via Microsoft Teams on the following dates and times:

  • Monday 19 April: 1.00pm – 1.30pm
  • Thursday 22 April: 12.00pm – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 28 April: 1.00pm – 1.30pm

These provide you with an opportunity to put your questions, comments and ideas to members of the college’s senior management team.

Visit the student portal or On-Campus Students team on MS Teams for the link to join your preferred slot.

Why choose West Notts?

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020

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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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