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College reopening

 

Please note all plans are subject to any changes the Government might make around social distancing, travelling and education provision.
 

We have considered very carefully our strategy in reopening the College in light of Government guidance. The safety of all our College community has been at the forefront of our work in managing closure, lockdown and now return. It is with this in mind that we are taking a very cautious, staged approach.
 

Our focus for the rest of the summer term will continue to be on developing and delivering remote learning, with an additional emphasis on providing one-to-one or small group support.
 

There will also be the potential from the 1st July for curriculum areas who need to do practical work to invite in students, obviously with social distancing measures in place. Where we have students who are struggling to access remote learning, or need specific support, we will also provide the opportunity for some of them to attend.
 

Please look at the guidance below so that you can identify which parts are relevant to you.
 

1) If you are at the end of your first year and will be returning in September

Please continue to check your emails over the coming weeks as you may be invited to re-enrol for September by using our online, virtual enrolment process. You may also be contacted by your tutor to discuss your options.
 

2) If you are at the end of your course and are not returning

Please liaise with your tutor or course leader about the most appropriate time to return any college owned items or collect any portfolio work or personal belongings. You will not be allowed to access college without prior permission and consent by the college.
 
3) If you are at the end of your course and want to go onto a new course in September
 

You need to ensure that you have applied online via the college website for the course you wish to begin in September. You can email us on info@bathcollege.ac.uk or contact us on our live web chat service on our website if you have any questions regarding this. Once you have applied, you will be advised of your next steps. If you want to explore various options, why not register for our virtual open day on the 30th June where you can explore everything we have to offer and get some more advice.
 

4) If you are at the end of your course but still need to do some assessments before you finish

You may be invited to come into College after July 1st so please look out for some communication from your Tutor or Lecturer.
 

5) If you are an applicant to the College and will be starting in September.
 

Please continue to check your emails as we will be touch as soon as possible with important information about how you can safely enroll at Bath College for your start in September.
 

Further information

Students who will be invited to return to College for some classes

  • Only a very limited number of students will be asked to attend College. If you are not contacted directly by someone from the College, you should not attend.
  • You will be told when to come in and you need to stick to those times for everyone’s safety.
  • You should only come into College after being invited if you are able to get here safely – your tutor will talk to you about this.
  • If you are under 18 we will ask your parent/carer to confirm they agree for you to come in.We recognise that not all students may wish to return at the current time and that some may not be able to due to health conditions or for the protection of family members. Attendance at College will therefore not be mandatory, and students will continue to be able to access learning remotely. Students will not be penalised if they are not able to attend classes.
     

    Travel

  • Government guidance is currently to avoid the use of public transport where possible. We recognise that some of you will be reliant on public transport to get to College and before agreeing to come in you should talk to your family and Lecturer/Tutor about this.
  • We recommend, if possible, that you ask someone in your own household to give you a lift to College
  • The College bus service will be operating but on a revised and limited service.
  • We have been working with the bus company to devise a timetable based around the revised College days and the demand on routes from students.
  • The maximum number of students able to travel on an individual bus will be reduced significantly so that all passengers are able to practice appropriate social distancing.
  • We must know if advance if you are planning to use the service so that we can plan routes. We will shortly be sending out a questionnaire regarding travel to groups that we will be inviting to return by email. Please ensure you return this questionnaire.
  • No passes will be issued. Passage will be on a pay-as-you-go basis and we will send you details of this if you are invited in.
  • If you are in receipt of a travel bursary will continue to receive this if you are asked to come into College.
     

    College Facilities

    Not all College facilities will be available when we reopen, please see below:
     

    Facilities open:

    • LRC – limited spaces
    • Student Welfare
    • Student Services
    • IT services
    • First-Aid

     

    Facilities which will not be open:

    • Cafes: You must bring your own food and drink to College unless you are entitled to free College meals.
    • Sanctuary, although alternative provision will be available.

     

    5) Other changes and restrictions

    There will a number of other changes put in place to ensure the safety of member of both the College and the wider community and to reduce the risk of the spread of infection. You will be expected to adhere to an additional Code of Conduct when you are at College.
     

    COVID code of conduct

    In the interests of public health and in order to keep all members of the College community safe, we have developed a COVID code of conduct for students which will remain in place until the requirement for social distancing is removed. Students will not be allowed to return to College unless they have verified that they have read and agreed to this code of conduct. If this is broken in any way, the student will be immediately asked to leave the College campus and disciplinary action will be taken. The code of conduct is here: Code of Conduct COVID19
     

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