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Coronavirus Arrangements

last UPDATED: 21st JANUARY 2021 

 

From 5th January 2021, England is under national lockdown restrictions. The government has now confirmed that schools and colleges should move to online learning until February half term. Following this instruction, The City of Liverpool College will now deliver teaching remotely to the vast majority of students. Students should not come into college but must access their classes online as per their timetable. 

Vulnerable Students and Children of Key Workers 

For vulnerable students and children of key workers only, the college sites will be open from Wednesday 6th January, as per government guidance. Vulnerable students and their parents and carers will be contacted directly before 6th January to confirm arrangements. Parents/carers who are key workers should contact their young person’s progress leader or Head of School. 

Students with Scheduled Exams  

Some students have exams scheduled this month. We recognise that students have worked hard to prepare for these exams and many students would like to sit them as planned. The government and awarding bodies have indicated that these exams can go ahead, in the usual Covid-secure way. All exams scheduled for January will therefore go ahead for any students wishing to sit them as planned.

However, we also recognise that some students due to sit January exams feel anxious about doing so during a national lockdown and would prefer not to have to use public transport to attend college for their exams, amongst other concerns. Any students who do not wish to sit their January exams will be given the option to defer their exam until the May/June exam series. Students who wish to sit their exams in May/June instead of January should let them Exams Team know by emailing exams@shared-ed.ac.uk.

 

As always, we are continuing to monitor government guidance as the situation evolves and will continue to update our website and social media channels with any changes.. If you have any questions, please explore the Frequently Asked Questions below, and please do not hesitate to contact us – we’re here to help. 

Coronavirus Arrangements - FAQs

Is the college still open?

Following recent government announcements, the college is currently closed and learning is taking place online for the majority of students. Online learning for the January term began on Wednesday 6th January.

The college sites will be open for a limited group of students (students who are vulnerable and children of key workers) from 6th January 2021. Vulnerable students and their parents and carers will be contacted directly to confirm arrangements. Parents/carers who are key workers should contact their young person’s progress leader or Head of School. 

What does a National Lockdown mean?

From 5th January 2021, England is subject to national lockdown restrictions. You can read full details about what you can and cannot do here.

In particular, these restrictions mean that you should not leave your home except for specific reasons, and you should not mix with anyone outside your household or bubble.

How do I report a coronavirus case?

Even while the college is closed, you must report positive coronavirus cases to Health and Safety on 0151 252 3065 or email covid@liv-coll.ac.uk. You must also let your tutor know if you are unwell and unable to attend online lessons.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus but have not yet tested positive, you should self-isolate immediately and get a test. If you are learning remotely and not due to attend college, you do not need to let us know unless it affects your online attendance. If your test comes back positive, you must report it to Health and Safety on 0151 252 3065 or email covid@liv-coll.ac.uk. 

I am classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, should I come to college?

Government guidance during the national lockdown is that people who are clinically extremely vulnerable should now begin shielding. This means you should not attend work, school, college or university, and limit the time you spend outside the home. You should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential.

Will I still be able to access free school meals while the college is closed?

Yes, the college will continue to provide free meal support over the lockdown period to students whose attendance was 50% or above in the last full month of term 1 (November 2020).

The payment amount will be as follows:

  • 16-18 year old students: £15.00 per week
  • 19-24 year old students with an EHCP: £15.00 per week
  • Adult and Advanced Learner Loan students: £9.00 per week

Eligible students will receive cash payments via BACS directly into their bank account each week or voucher equivalent fortnightly by post for Asylum Seekers and other students without a bank account in their own name.

 

Will I still receive my bursary while the college is closed?

Yes, college bursaries and progress bursaries will continue to be automatically paid during the lockdown period.

If you have any queries about student financial support please contact Studentfinance@liv-coll.ac.uk.

Is childcare support still available during college closure?

The College will continue to fund childcare for students during lockdown, as we normally would.  However the College nursery will be closed from Monday 11th January 2021 and the team have contacted all affected students to inform them of this. If you have any queries or your childcare provider is currently not open, and you would like to discuss alternative provision please contact childcare@liv-coll.ac.uk

Further information can be found on our Student Finance page:

Financial Support for Students | My College (liv-stu.co.uk)

Are January exams still going ahead?

Some students have exams scheduled this month. We recognise that students have worked hard to prepare for these exams and many students would like to sit them as planned. The government and awarding bodies have indicated that these exams can go ahead, in the usual Covid-secure way. All exams scheduled for January will therefore go ahead for any students wishing to sit them as planned.

However, we also recognise that some students due to sit January exams feel anxious about doing so during a national lockdown and would prefer not to have to use public transport to attend college for their exams, amongst other concerns. Any students who do not wish to sit their January exams will be given the option to defer their exam until the May/June exam series. Students who wish to sit their exams in May/June instead of January should let them Exams Team know by emailing exams@shared-ed.ac.uk.

What safety measures are in place at the college?

The City of Liverpool College is committed to following all government guidance throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and also takes additional measures to keep students and staff safe. Government guidance is always evolving and our measures are under continual, ongoing review. Some of the measures we are taking include: 

  • All staff and students must wear face coverings in corridors and communal areas at all times.
  • Hygiene protocols and distancing/directional signage around centres which all students and staff must adhere to. Safety measures will also be in place in teaching spaces, LRCs and social areas to ensure you can access them safely.
  • Social Distancing Officers present on all college sites to ensure compliance and support in following safety measures.
  • Reduced numbers of people on college campuses at any one time. 
  • Social distancing measures in place across all college sites, with maximum occupancy numbers for all rooms.
  • Guidance and information available for all students and staff on how to stay safe and keep others safe. 
  • Ensuring those with symptoms of Covid-19 do not attend college under any circumstances with clear guidance and information on this for all students and staff.
  • Social distancing officers at all sites.

 

Do I have to wear a mask?

Yes, you must wear a face covering in all communal areas while you are at college, unless you are exempt. You can remove your face covering while you are in your classroom as long as you continue to socially distance.

What happens if a student or member of staff tests positive for coronavirus?

If the college receives a report of a positive test result, we immediately consult with Public Health England (PHE) who provide advice on the process to follow.

All students who have been in class with the individual will be informed that someone in their class has tested positive. PHE will advise of the appropriate measures to take. Provided the college’s social distancing policy of 2 metres or 1 metre plus PPS has been followed, self-isolation may not be necessary for all students within the class. Where PHE advise that isolation is necessary, we will alert all students needing to self-isolate immediately.

I am feeling anxious about coronavirus, who can I talk to?

We are here to help you. Please click here for full information on how to access support services.

Can I still apply?

Yes! The College is still open for applications.  You can apply for college courses here 

I've already applied, what will happen with my application?

If you’ve received an offer from us, please be assured that nothing has changed and your offer still stands. If you’re still waiting to hear back from us, we are still processing applications daily and will be writing to you shortly to confirm your place at The City of Liverpool College.

Is the college still offering ACS assessments to external candidates?

At the moment, due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the college is not open for ACS assessments for external candidates. However, please note the following information from Gas Safe regarding extension of existing ACS qualifications:

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the knock-on effect on the availability of ACS assessment centres, we have worked in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive to extend ACS qualification for an additional 6 months beyond the qualifications’ original expiry date. This will continue on a rolling basis until assessment centres are able to return to normal operation.

For example, any engineer whose qualifications expired on the 29th March 2020 had their competencies extended with a new expiry date of 29th September 2020.

Any engineers coming to the end of the extension period need to be aware that their qualifications will not be extended any further, unless there are exceptional circumstances, and these will be considered on a case by case basis. If this applies to you, please feel free to contact us with evidence to support your request.

If your qualifications have been extended, it’s important that you book your assessment as soon as you’re able to to ensure you can continue to work legally in these areas.

Can the college still conduct visits to employers' sites for apprentices?
Yes, as long as the employer has completed the college’s online risk assessment. Online risk assessments have already been sent to all employers but if you need another copy of the link, please contact your assessor.
I'm an apprentice, how will I know if something changes with safety measures/lockdown etc?

Apprentices and employers will be notified directly of any changes in delivery by the Apprenticeships team, for example where there is a move to online or distance learning. If you have any questions, please contact jenny.costello@liv-coll.ac.uk

I'm an employer, how will I know of any changes affecting my apprentices?
Apprentices and employers will be notified directly of any changes in delivery by the Apprenticeships team, for example where there is a move to online or distance learning. If you have any questions, please contact jenny.costello@liv-coll.ac.uk 
Is it still possible to secure an apprenticeship this year?

Yes! New apprenticeship sign-ups are still continuing. If you are an employer needing your apprentice to start straight away, we can arrange sign-ups via virtual meeting to speed things up.  If you have any queries, please contact workforceskills@liv-coll.ac.uk 

How can I access the VLE?

The VLE remains accessible using the following link: https://my.liv-stu.co.uk/and you should log in as usual with your student username and password. Should you experience any difficulties logging in, contact the helpdesk at helpdesk@liv-coll.ac.uk

How can I access student services?

You can contact student services using the email addresses below:

LRC enquiries: lrc@liv-coll.ac.uk

VLE and e-Learning enquiries: vlesupport@shared-ed.ac.uk 

Student finance enquiries: studentfinance@liv-coll.ac.uk 

Childcare and nursery enquiries: childcare@liv-coll.ac.uk 

IT helpdesk support: helpdesk@liv-coll.ac.uk 

Careers Advice and Guidance – email: careersadvice@liv-coll.ac.uk / tel: 0151 252 3607

There is also key information for students, and access to the VLE and other learning resources via the student intranet: https://my.liv-stu.co.uk/

I am worried about the work that I/my child may have missed last year due to the disruption of the pandemic. Will the college help with this?

At the City of Liverpool College, students are at the centre of everything we do. We are committed to providing a high-quality education and learning experience for all students. We know that during 19/20 students have had significant disruption to their education due the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, whether that be with us here at college or at school. It is important to us that students are supported to catch up and develop their skills.

To help students catch up, we will be delivering a comprehensive program of tuition support across the college for our 16-19 study programme students, over and above their planned delivery for this academic year. All students who have not yet achieved a grade 4 in English and/or maths, have outstanding assessment objectives from last year and those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are eligible for additional help and will be able to access small group (1 to 3 or max 1 to 5) tuition with us at college.

Wherever possible, we will also support students who have achieved a grade 4 in English and/or maths but need that extra level of support to reach their potential in their chosen field of study.

We have identified 4 core cohorts that we will be targeting over the year.

  1. November resits for GCSE English and maths – intensive preparation
  2. GCSE English and maths catch up support
  3. Functional and basic skills support
  4. Non-English and maths support, includes vocational, academic, and technical catch up sessions
Can I access the college to collect my personal belonging?

Yes, you can. If you have personal belongings that you wish to collect from any college centre, please complete the form below. Access is possible from Mon 11/01/21.

Personal Belongings Collection Request Form

 

 

I have another query, who should I contact?

Members of our College Information team are available via: