From Monday 21 February, the government removed the guidance for staff and students in most education settings to undertake twice-weekly asymptomatic home testing, however you may choose to continue to do this.
We are now taking acommon-sense approachto living with COVID-19, this means:
Stay at home if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have a confirmed case of COVID-19. Talk to your tutor about how you can continue your studies from home, if you are well enough to do so.
We strongly recommend that you take a Lateral Flow test to determine whether or not you have COVID – this will enable to you treat the cause of your illness, be it COVID-19 or something else.
To return to your normal routine, I advise you to take a Lateral Flow test 5 days after your symptoms started, or 5 days from the date of your positive test result, followed by another Lateral Flow test the next day.
If both of these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, the risk that you are still infectious is much lower and you can safely return to your normal routine. See graphic below:
Be mindful in busy areas, you may wish to continue to socially distance or wear a face - we all need to appreciate some people may wish to do this and should respect those who wish to do so.
Handwash facilities will remain available across college - please continue to wash your hands regularly
Our COVID advice posters will continue to be on display across all sites, as a reminder of good practice.
Awarding organisations update:
ECITB CCNSG Safety Passport (Health & Safety)
As standard the ECITB grant a 3-month grace period from the card expiry date to attend the CCNSG Renewal course, this is not an extension to the card expiry.
The ECITB has confirmed that they are not offering an additional grace period, therefore those who require a CCNSG renewal must complete within the 3 months grace period or reattend the 2-day CCNSG National.
In 2020, CISRS called for employers/sites to show leniency to those with cards recently expired allowing them access to work.Although CISRS has not awarded card extensions, they have again asked for employers/sites to be lenient in the present climate where providers may not be open for course delivery.
As standard the awarding body for CompEx, JTL, state all CompEx certification must be renewed prior to expiry, failure to do so would result in the initial 5-day course being required.
In 2020, JTL implemented an extension application process in relation to expiry of certification during the Pandemic, this was for a specific period only.In light of the recent lockdown, JTL has recognised that some delegates will experience issues renewing their certification whilst centres are closed and therefore, the certification extension process is available. Applications must be made directly to JTL at email@example.com
The information JTL will require is:
Employer name, Employer contact, Contact Number
Full name of candidate, Certificate number, Candidate phone & email
The name of your preferred Compex Training Centre
If granted, a copy of the extension approval email would need to be forwarded to NETA on booking.
Delegates with Gas qualification which are due to expire, LCL have requested you visit the Q&A page on their website (see link below)
If you have not already been contacted by telephone/letter or email, we aim to speak to you within the coming weeks. If your contact details have changed please don’t hesitate to email us with your new details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there online learning available?
Yes, we have been working hard to provide all students and learners with the relevant guidance to access online learning and full support will continue to be provided remotely from your course tutors. If you are unsure, or have any questions, please contact your tutor through the usual email system.
How do I access online learning?
Your tutor should have already been in touch with you to advise you how to access the online learning resources. Please get in touch with your tutor through the usual email system if you are unsure or need some help.
Are open events still taking place?
We will continue to review this in line with the latest Government advice regarding large gatherings and school closures. Please keep checking our social media and website for any updates.
I have been invited to welcome days and explorer days but if these are cancelled will there be another opportunity for me to visit NETA before I start in September?
We will hopefully have the opportunity to run explorer days later this summer. We understand that it is important to get a taste of what NETA is like before you enrol. We will continue to update you as and when we have new information on this.
What are the Enrolment Plans for New and Returning Students?
As a result of the need for social distancing and the health and safety of our staff and students being our priority, our teams are currently investigating the options for the safest enrolment ahead of the new academic year, starting in September.
We are looking towards a move to an online, distanced enrolment with full explanation and instruction. Additionally, to make the process as easy as possible for you, we are going to implement an online chat function so that there is always someone available to give you the enrolment support you need.
As more firm plans are put in place, we will be in touch with you to provide everything you need to enrol and start college life – we can’t wait to meet you, virtually or otherwise!
Please remember, you place is secure and we will support you every step of the way – if you need more information or advice at this stage, please contact our School Team via one of our social media channels or email email@example.com
Can I ring NETA or my tutor?
We would encourage you to contact your tutor through the usual email system or via teams and they will do their best to reply as soon as possible.
Can I apply to study a distance learning/CPD course with Stockton Riverside College?
Yes, we offer a wide range of distance learning courses in areas including health, customer service, business admin, warehousing, team leading, mental health and data protection, to name but a few. You can study from the comfort of your own home and many are fully funded if you are aged 19+. For details and our full range of courses visit: https://www.stockton.ac.uk/courses/distance-learning/.