We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back on campus in September and we've put a number of precautions in place to help keep everyone safe.
What is happening in September?
Staggered start and finish times
It will still be important to follow social distancing when we return to college, so we will need to carefully manage the number of people on campus at all times. Because of this, we will be implementing staggered start, finish and break times.
This will ensure that we don’t have large numbers of people flowing through receptions, stairwells and Recharge cafes during peak hours. Recharge services will also be restricted to take-away only.
Fewer people on campus
Remote learning via ALO has been really successful and thousands of people logged on to join in with virtual classes. Given this success, we have decided to introduce blended learning timetables, which will split your time 50/50 between on-campus and remote learning.
This will allow us to reduce the number of people on site at any one time and allow us all to better follow social distancing measures. It will also minimise the number of people that will have to self-isolate in the case of a student or staff member testing positive for Coronavirus.
It will also allow us to switch to 100% remote learning more smoothly, should things change.
This way of learning will be in place until at least October and perhaps longer, depending on circumstances at college and Government guidelines.
Booking a PC
Cleaning and hygiene at college
We will be carrying out a deep clean of all college sites over the summer break.
As we move into the new academic year, we will continue our increased cleaning regime and ensure busier areas of the campus are cleaned more regularly.
Hand sanitisers have already been placed around college and social distancing signs are clearly on display in places where we anticipate people will gather, e.g. reception areas and Learning Environments.
We will continue to ask everyone to regularly wash their hands throughout the day and take precautions when coughing and sneezing, i.e. Catch it, Kill it, Bin it.
How will you keep me safe on campus?
It’s really important you read the Student Handbook below as it contains all safety measures that have been put in place at college:
Update on face coverings in college
As you might have seen in the news, there’s been a lot of discussion around whether students at secondary schools and colleges should be wearing face coverings.
While we are taking every precaution we can to minimise the risk to you in college, we have decided that we think it would be a sensible move to ask all students to wear face coverings in communal areas and in corridors once everyone is in college. The same goes for our staff. This means together we will keep safe!
We know that there will be some of you who will have good reason not to wear them, and for those we will make special arrangements.
You won’t have to wear them in class, but we won’t stop anyone from doing this if they would prefer to do so.
Three steps to safety on campus
In order to keep everyone safe on campus, we’ve introduced three steps to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing:
Bring your own device
As part of our guarantee to enable new students to work efficiently, whether on campus or remotely, we have set up a buy your own device scheme to enable all students to buy a laptop or tablet. We want everyone to have access to the right equipment even if they aren’t physically at college. So, we’ve teamed up with two companies, Academia and Dell, who can support you with buying a new device.
Visit our online store with Academia
Visit our online store with Dell
There is a choice of devices available for you to choose from and the option to pay via a payment plan, so you can spread the cost. The devices are sold as bundles which includes a case and a warranty and the option to add insurance should you wish to do so. For those of you interested in the new scheme, please go to activatelearning.store.academia.co.uk. to find out more information.
For those of you who already have your own devices, you will be encouraged to bring them into college to help reduce the demand for computers in the Learning Environments. However, if you would prefer not to bring your own device from home, please don't worry, as you will still be able to book time in Learning Environments as needed. This equipment will be cleaned regularly as part of our cleaning process.
We’re really looking forward to you starting college with us in September and want to make this transition as easy as possible for you. If you have any questions about the device scheme or anything else, please contact us through the website or call us on 0800 612 6008.
Links to portals
You can access all of your online learning and course material via the following portals:
Bracknell and Wokingham College Moodle
Surrey Colleges Moodle
Staying well at home – keep talking with others
It’s really important than we continue talking to one another and are aware of what to expect in September.
We will continue to send important information about returning to campus safely, as well as expectations for results day and how to manage your wellbeing during this time.
We appreciate some students may find summer break an anxious period. If you have any immediate concerns, please speak to Student Support.
Have you got a plan? The Careers team are here to help
Whether you are planning to continue studying with us, looking for an apprenticeship or employment, or you're just not sure what to do next, we're here to support you.
We can offer one-on-one support via phone and email – whatever works for you. Be sure to also log onto your online learning portal for lots of useful resources.
Where can you go for more information?
For more information on managing the spread of COVID-19 and on the virus, please refer to these resources:
The NHS website has a very informative section on Coronavirus.
Gov.uk has the latest information and advice from Public Health England.
If you need to self-isolate, please contact your tutor and the Safeguarding team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01865 550 401.
Frequently asked questions
Further updates will be made available as we have them and should the situation change.