Covid 19 Updates

All Covid related updates and notifications will be posted on this page.

Return to Use of Face Coverings in Communal Areas

29 November 2021

Keeping our students and staff safe and well is our upmost priority, so in line with new Government guidance, from this morning, (Monday November 29th) we are asking all those who can to please return to wearing face coverings in the corridors and communal areas of the college buildings.

Disposable masks will be available at reception for anyone who doesn't have one with them.

Students who travel to college on public transport should also be aware that from tomorrow face coverings are compulsory whilst onboard all buses or trains.

Continuing with Regular Testing

29 November 2021

Even if we don't have symptoms, we may still have the virus and be able to pass it on to others, so all students and staff are asked to continue to ensure they are self testing for Covid -19 using a rapid LFD testing device, before leaving for College, at least twice a week.

You can collect a box of LFD tests from the College reception at any time.

Anyone testing positive should isolate at home immediately and book a PCR test through the normal channel - https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

Thank you for helping to keep Southport College a safe place to study and work.

Support for Students Disadvantaged in Education Due to COVID-19

We are pleased to have been allocated additional government funding to provide support for students disadvantaged in education due to COVID-19.

This funding will be used to provide personalised support through small group tuition for specific cohorts of 16 to 19 students in English, maths, and other subjects where learning has been disrupted, including vocational and/or academic learning.

Students aged 19 to 24 who have an education, health and care (EHC) plan are also eligible for support.

Eligible students will be those identified by the Government as:

  • Those who have not achieved a grade 4 or 5 in English/and/or maths
  • Those who have a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths, are from an economically disadvantaged background and would need catch up support.

    We will be working with affected students in accordance with the regulations.
Full details

Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic for 16 &17 year olds

We have been advised of a Covid-19 Vaccination walk-in clinic for 16 & 17 year olds running on Friday 3rd September 2021 at The Southport Centre for Health & Wellbeing on Houghton Street, Southport. It is open from 1-5pm and all 16 & 17 year olds who are not yet vaccinated are encouraged to attend.

Covid -19 Testing on Return to College

Students will be asked to complete two LFD tests in college on their return in September. It is necessary for tests to be administered between three and five days apart and we are currently planning for testing to take place on-site from 1st September 2021 – 17th September 2021.

During their second test, students will be provided with self-testing LFD kits to enable them to home-test twice weekly until the end of September 2021.

We will publish further information in the coming weeks.

Asymptomatic Testing On Site. FAQs for September 2021

August 23 2021

Testing is an important way of us protecting our community and preventing the spread of the virus.

Lateral Flow Device testing is for students aged 16-19 and Higher Education students who do not have any symptoms, if you have any symptoms you should self-isolate and arrange a PCR test by ringing 119 or accessing this link. You should not attend the test centre if you have symptoms or are self-isolating.

To help keep college Covid secure, we encourage all asymptomatic students and staff on site to take part in the testing programme, but it is not compulsory.

We anticipate that the whole process should take you no longer than 30 minutes

You can be tested on site up to three times. After this time home testing kits will be provided so that you can carry out a test yourself twice a week.

All staff running the testing centre will receive full training and be provided with all necessary PPE. Regular cleaning will take place throughout the centre. Everyone attending the centre must adhere to social distancing requirements and wear a face covering unless they are exempt. Only staff and students who do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 should visit the testing centre.

The test is simple, fast and self-administered. When you register at the testing centre you will be given a test kit. When advised you will then take a swab from your throat and nostril.

If you feel you may have difficulty administering the test, you can bring someone who will be able to help you, please email learningsupport@southport.ac.uk to let us know you will be accompanied.. Please note that staff at the testing centre are unable to assist with administering the test.

The testing centre at Southport College is based in the Sports Hall (behind Reception) and at KGV in the old Drama Hall (by the refectory)

We will make arrangements for you to attend the testing centre when you return to college, your college tutor will let you know when you need to attend.

Your tutor will tell you where you need to go after the test.

You will receive your results via text or email on the same day as your test.

If you get a positive result please don’t worry, make your way home and someone from the Safeguarding Team will contact you. Track and Trace will contact you and advise you how long you need to self isolate for.

Please do not come back to the college building. Try not to worry, but you must go straight home and self-isolate for the following ten days.

Anyone who has previously received a positive result from a COVID-19 PCR test should not be re-tested within 90 days of that test unless they develop any new symptoms of COVID-19. In this case you would need to self isolate and request a PCR test by telephoning 119.

Changes in place from July 19th 2021

From Monday 19th July 2021 there has been a change to the Government guidance regarding Covid-19 restrictions.

Contact tracing Close contacts will be identified via NHS Test and Trace and colleges will no longer be expected to undertake contact tracing. Close contacts from a college setting will only be traced by NHS Test and Trace where the positive case specifically identifies the individual as being a close contact.

Self-isolation From 16 August 2021, adults who have been ‘double-jabbed’ and students under the age of 18 years old will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Instead, students and staff in college will be informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test.

Face coverings Students will no longer be required to wear face coverings in classrooms or in communal areas, or whilst travelling to/from college on public transport. In the event of a local outbreak, face coverings may be reinstated.

Ventilation Classrooms and offices must remain well-ventilated, comfortable environments. LFD testing Students will be requested to take two LFD tests in the college on-site test centre on their return in September. In addition, they will take twice-weekly LFD tests at home until the end of September 2021.

Positive LFD test results Students with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate and book a confirmatory PCR test. If the PCR test result is negative, the individual can return to college (as long as he/she does not have Covid-19 symptoms).

Risk assessment / contingency plans The college will continue to be required to have a full risk assessment in place for the new college year and a contingency plan for managing a Covid-19 outbreak in college or the local community.

Remote learning Colleges will continue to be required to provide remote education for those students who are not able to attend for Covid-19 related reasons (typically self-isolation).

Restrictions from 17 May 2021

13 May 2021

From Monday 17th May 2021 there has been a change to the Government guidance on the use face coverings in colleges.

In classrooms you may now remove your face coverings if you prefer to do so. For students who are involved in our practical courses please follow industry guidelines as directed by your tutor which maybe slightly different.

If you can’t keep 2m away please consider keeping your face covering on.

In communal areas such as corridors, canteens and LLCs masks are still required for both staff and students.

Please note it is still a legal requirement that you wear face coverings on public transport.

Regular twice weekly asymptomatic home testing, social distancing and enhanced hygiene are all still important measures when attending College. These actions will help to minimise infections of C19 in the local area.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your commitment and effort in bringing the number of cases in Southport and Sefton more broadly down to a safer level. Your continued support will help us all have a better and safer summer.

Home Testing

19 March 2021

Regular testing is a really positive step forward in the Covid-19 battle and we urge all our students and staff to take part. From the start of next term, we are switching to home testing and all students have been sent a letter outlining the process and where to collect the testing kits from. A copy of the letter is attached for your information. Thank you for helping keep college a covid safe environment.

Letter re Home Testing

NHS: Regular Rapid Testing

11 March 2021

Asymptomatic Testing FAQs

1 March 2021

Testing is an important way of us protecting our community and preventing the spread of the virus.

Lateral Flow Device testing is for students aged 16-19 and Higher Education students who do not have any symptoms, if you have any symptoms you should self-isolate and arrange a PCR test by ringing 119 or accessing this link. You should not attend the test centre if you have symptoms or are self-isolating.

To help keep college Covid secure, we encourage all asymptomatic students and staff on site to take part in the testing programme, but it is not compulsory.

We anticipate that the whole process should take you no longer than 30 minutes

You can be tested on site up to three times. After this time home testing kits will be provided so that you can carry out a test yourself twice a week.

All staff running the testing centre will receive full training and be provided with all necessary PPE. Regular cleaning will take place throughout the centre. Everyone attending the centre must adhere to social distancing requirements and wear a face covering unless they are exempt. Only staff and students who do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 should visit the testing centre.

The test is simple, fast and self-administered. When you register at the testing centre you will be given a test kit. When advised you will then take a swab from your throat and nostril.

If you feel you may have difficulty administering the test, you can bring someone who will be able to help you, please email learningsupport@southport.ac.uk to let us know you will be accompanied.. Please note that staff at the testing centre are unable to assist with administering the test.

The testing centre at Southport College is based in the Sports Hall (behind Reception) and at KGV in the old Drama Hall (by the refectory)

We will make arrangements for you to attend the testing centre when you return to college, your college tutor will let you know when you need to attend.

Your tutor will tell you where you need to go after the test.

You will receive your results via text or email on the same day as your test.

If you get a positive result please don’t worry, make your way home and someone from the Safeguarding Team will contact you. Track and Trace will contact you and advise you how long you need to self isolate for.

Please do not come back to the college building. Try not to worry, but you must go straight home and self-isolate for the following ten days.

Anyone who has previously received a positive result from a COVID-19 PCR test should not be re-tested within 90 days of that test unless they develop any new symptoms of COVID-19. In this case you would need to self isolate and request a PCR test by telephoning 119.

On Site Asymptomatic Testing

Updated 4 March 2021

1 March 2021

The Department for Education has announced that face to face teaching can re start from 8th March 2021. Students will be informed shortly of their individual timetable by their course tutor

To help keep Southport College a Covid safe environment, in line with Government guidance from this date we will be offering students three on site lateral flow tests, the first when they return and again a second and third test taking place within 3 weeks of being on site. After this we will move towards a home testing model for students. Students will then be provided with home test kits (Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) to self-swab and test themselves twice per week with the results being reported to the College and NHS Test and Trace either online or by phone. Further information on the arrangements for testing will be provided in due course.

We would encourage all our students and staff to participate in the testing system so that we can remain a safe place to learn and thank you for your cooperation.

Consent for Testing

Updated 4 March 2021

Onsite testing is a really positive step forward in the Covid-19 battle and we urge all our students and staff to take part. A letter outlining the process and containing a link for you to give consent to be tested will be emailed to all students (via their college email) today. Please look out for it and then click the link to complete the online consent form as soon as you can. A letter explaining the process will also be sent out, in the post, to all parents/guardians of students under the age of 18. Let’s work together to help keep college a covid safe environment.

Letter to parents Letter to students

Remote Learning To Continue a Little Longer

January 27th 2021

Following the Government update today, we will be continuing with remote learning until at least March 8th.

Thank you to all our students for attending their virtual lessons and engaging with their tutors so far this term, you are fantastic! We know it’s not always easy, but please keep going! Everything you are learning now is essential to your course and important for your future progression. We will continue to follow Government updates and look forward to having you back on site as soon as possible

Keeping Fit During Lockdown

January 15th 2021

It's really important to stay fit and healthy during lockdown. With this in mind Hayley from our Sports Department has shared the news that Everlast are offering free online fitness classes everyday via their Facebook page and YouTube channel. Why not give them a try?

Accessing Remote Learning

January 14th 2021

Don't forget that access to all the platforms you will need for remote learning during this lockdown period, can be found on our Student Portal. If you are having difficulty accessing anything please speak to either your course tutor or progress tutor who will be happy to help.

Health and Wellbeing Support

A national lockdown can prove to be a difficult time, but you don’t need to struggle alone.

There is lots of help available out there. Our Student Support Team have lots of suggestions, as well as the latest version of their own latest Welfare Times Journal...

Health & Wellbeing Support

If You Have Symptoms

If you develop any Covid-19 symptoms, however mild, Sefton Council have outllined the specific actions you need to take, to help keep Southport College a Covid Safe environment.

Covid-19 in an Educational Setting

When to get a coronavirus test

Please see the updated advice from the NHS regarding when students should and shouldn't request a coronavirus test.

NHS Advice - When to Get a Coronavirus Test

CAMHS Partnership Updates

29 April 2020

The Sefton Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) partnership is adapting as Coronavirus impacts our everyday lives.

Its partners are working hard to ensure children, young people and families get the support they need during this time. This document outlines the support available from each partner and how this support can be accessed.

Online Safety Advice for Parents, Guardians & Carers

8 April 2020

Merseyside Police would like you to read the following information:

Police Advice

Digital Safety

12 May 2020

Parents and carers; please open and read this document.

Provided by North West HE & FE Regional Prevent Coordinator, Department for Education, it addresses digital safety during Covid-19, in particular, safeguarding from harmful influences online.

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January 2021 BTEC Exams

January 5th 2021 (updated 21.00)

Following advice from the DfE, the external examinations and assessments planned for January will go ahead.

We have taken this path, as we are committed to ensuring students have every opportunity to achieve, but we are aware not everyone will be in a position to attend and we will continue to work with individual students, DfE and Ofqual as more details emerge about exams for the remainder of the academic year.

Please rest assured that the College is Covid secure and learners will be safely distanced throughout the examination process.