Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update (Wednesday 13th January 2021)
The College reopened on Monday 4th January in line with guidance issued by the Department for the Economy. The College will remain open with the majority of teaching delivered online until after the mid-term break (Monday 22nd February).
BTEC and Essential Skills Examinations
In light of the ongoing Covid situation, the College has taken the decision to postpone all BTEC and Essential Skills exams scheduled to take place in January and February. In line with the Minister’s statement on 6th January, no student will be disadvantaged as a result of this decision and further information on assessment arrangements will be provided as soon as possible.
For further details on BTEC examinations please see: https://www.src.ac.uk/images/news/658x300/2021/Draft_statement_on_Qualifications_v2.pdf
Work Based Learning – Training for Success (TfS) and Apprenticeships
From Thursday 14th January the College will further limit the number of TfS and apprentices required to come onsite. All TfS and Apprenticeship training programmes will move to remote learning to the maximum extent possible. It will only be in exceptional circumstances that trainees/apprentices will be required to come onsite and this is likely to be limited to assessment and examinations that cannot be delayed to later in the year. Should you be required to come onsite your Course Co-ordinator will inform you accordingly, so please ensure you maintain contact with the College and your lecturers.
Some part-time courses due to start in January/February may be postponed and those enrolled will be notified with an alternative start date. Some existing part-time courses will revert to online delivery or alternatively be suspended until mid-February and students will be informed as to the nature of their course delivery.
Please stay safe and continue to follow guidelines.
The Seven Point Covid Code
COVID-19 is still a big problem in our community and beyond. It's important that we continue to do our bit to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus and to help manage the pressures on our health and social care system.
The Seven Point Covid Code sets out clear expectations about face coverings, social distancing, sanitising, self-isolating and respecting public health guidance, whether you're in the College or out and about in the community.
Use of Face Coverings
The best available scientific evidence is that, when used correctly, wearing a face covering may reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets, helping to protect others. Face coverings are now required at all times in classrooms and when 2m social distancing cannot be maintained.
Face coverings are mainly intended to protect others, not the wearer, from COVID-19, therefore they are not a replacement for social distancing and regular hand washing. Although face coverings may not prevent you from becoming infected with the virus, they help prevent you from spreading the virus to others if you are unaware you are infected (some people don’t have any symptoms, especially early in the infection).
By wearing a face covering you are showing your support and consideration for other students and staff and also playing your part to prevent transmission of the virus.
Students who are reasonably exempt from wearing a face covering are required to either wear a College Issued Exemption Card or a Hidden Disabilities Exemption Card (https://hiddendisabilitiesstore.com/hidden-disabilities-face-covering.html). College Exemption Cards can be issued by going to campus reception areas.
Keep Apart to Keep SafeAt present, the single most important action we can all take is to stay at home. You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home:
- to get basic necessities, including food and medical supplies
- to take exercise
- to visit your bubble
- to visit hospital, GP and other medical appointments
- to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person, or to provide emergency assistance
- to avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- to go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
- to access education or childcare
- to attend to the care and exercise of an animal
- to fulfil a legal obligation, such as attending court or jury service
- to donate blood
- to attend a place of worship
- to attend a funeral or wedding
A full list of circumstances will be included in the regulations.
Visits to food shops, pharmacies and other essential stores should be limited and as infrequent as possible. Be organised and only buy what you need. You do not need to stockpile goods as supply chains are secure.
Avoid Car Sharing Where Possible
You should avoid all unnecessary travel. Where travel is necessary for work, education and other essential purposes, people are asked to walk, cycle or use private transport, shared only with members of their household where possible.
Much of the advice for anyone using public transport also applies to anyone who must continue car sharing at this time:
- wear a face covering to protect others, unless exempt from the law and/ or have a reasonable excuse
- avoid physical contact
- try to face away from other people
- keep the time spent near others as short as possible
If car sharing is unavoidable - as well as wearing a face covering, good ventilation in the car will be also be useful - particularly by keeping a window open.
For more information, please visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations guidance: what the restrictions mean for you | nidirect
StopCOVID NI. Use the App. Save Lives
By downloading the StopCOVID NI app you can help stop the spread of coronavirus. It is a free app provided by our health service. It does not drain your battery or identify you – but it could save your life.
The StopCOVID NI app is also open to young people, aged 11 to 17, to download. It’s the same app; it just looks a bit different. The app does not collect any of your personal information or track your location. It works via Bluetooth, but it won’t use much battery or data allowance.
By using the app we can help reduce the spread of coronavirus, helping to protect family, friends and community.
Covid-19 FAQs for Students
How will my course be delivered?
A flexible approach will be taken to course delivery. This will include both face-to-face and online teaching. You will be able to download all your teaching materials from our virtual learning environment, Moodle.
What if I am unable to access Moodle or experience a technical issue?
Guidance and resources to support accessing Moodle will be available for all students in advance of starting their course at SRC. If you continue to have issues please contact your course tutor.
How do I access Moodle when not in College?
To access Moodle, please log onto the SRC website. On the top right of the screen you will be able to see 3 icons. If you click the middle (M) symbol and use your SRC student email address and password, you can log in remotely.
What do I do if I’m concerned about the impact of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) on my studies?
Please contact your course tutor or personal tutor if you are concerned about the impact on your studies.
What is the College doing to reduce the risk?
The College has moved from providing advice on personal hygiene to taking steps to support social distancing of staff and students. To maintain social distancing along with a safe working environment, we have taken steps that include:
- Hand sanitising stations at numerous locations in College buildings including all entrance areas;
- Directional arrows to control the movement of people around all campuses;
- Restricted use of lifts;
- Additional posters and signage to reinforce the importance of adhering to personal hygiene measures and social distancing;
- Enhanced cleaning of touch points, such as door handles, handrails, lift buttons and vending machines;
- Fixed screens installed where social distancing is difficult e.g. reception areas;
- New arrangements within our canteens, refectories and coffee docks to adhere to social distancing;
- Assessments undertaken on all teaching spaces to determine maximum capacity to comply with the 2 metre guidance.
This position will be kept under review and students should review the College website for further information on a regular basis.
Will I be required to wear a face covering?
Face coverings are now required at all times in classrooms and when 2m social distancing cannot be maintained.
If I develop symptoms related to Covid-19 what should I do?
If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (Covid-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 10 days from when your symptoms started. You should also:
- Inform your course tutor, personal tutor or a member of staff immediately;
- If you are on College premises, you may be asked to go straight home and to contact your GP;
- You may be asked to wait in the first aid room or isolation room until someone picks you up;
- You should arrange a Covid test;
- You MUST share the result of the test with your Course Co-ordinator;
- Your wellbeing is the College’s first priority.
Please do not let any concerns about your studies stop you taking this advice.
I am a student and have a condition which means Coronavirus may be more harmful for me - what should I do?
Individuals who have existing conditions should continue to take the usual precautions recommended by the PHA in relation to their health. However, if you remain concerned, you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 to discuss any additional precautions you may need to take.
Where can I access health advice in relation to Covid-19?
Please follow advice published on the PHA website. In the case of medical emergency, please call 999.
I’m concerned about the impact on my mental health - what should I do?
The Covid-19 pandemic may cause you to feel many things including anxiety, stress, worry and frustration. It’s important to remember that it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. There are some simple things you can do to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing during times of uncertainty. See our Student Wellbeing Tips for some additional advice.
There are also organisations you can contact who can offer advice and support:
- Mind – Coronavirus And Your Wellbeing
- NHS – 10 Tips To Help If You Are Worried About Coronavirus
- The Mental Health Foundation – How to Look After your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak
- Young Minds – Coronavirus Advice and Mental Health Support for Young People
- Student Minds – Looking After Your Mental Health
- Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families – Supporting Young People During Periods of Disruption
- The Office for Students – Mental Health Advice
- 14+ Thinkuknow
Mental Distress Helplines:
- Lifeline Freephone Helpline: 0808 808 8000 (available 24/7). Deaf and hard-of-hearing textphone users can call Lifeline on: 18001 0808 808 8000
- Samaritans: 116 123 (available 24/7)
- Childline: 0800 1111 (visit Childline for the helpline availability details)
Where can I find the latest information about Covid-19?
SRC staff and students are asked to continue to visit and regularly check the following websites for the latest updates and guidance:
Where can I get information on student finance?
For advice on finance related matters please visit the Student Finance section of our website or call us on 0300 123 1223.
Further information on student finance can be obtained from the following organisations: