Nescot is now fully open to students and staff. Please check our latest Covid-19 information here

Covid-19 updates

Information about Nescot's measures to make the college as safe as possible during the pandemic.

Page last updated: 20 April 2021

Nescot is now fully open to students, following the government roadmap.  

Students and staff have been offered self-testing kits. Please do your bit to keep the campus safe by using your kit and logging the result. Please ensure you follow all instructions carefully including logging results.

You must not attend college if your self-test is 'positive'. Follow all self-isolation instructions.

The college is enforcing its existing Covid arrangements. Students and staff are required to wear face coverings in communal areas unless exempt. Face coverings should also be worn by students in classrooms.

Further details

STUDENTS

  • On-campus lessons are now running again as per your timetable, unless you have been notified otherwise. If you are not able to attend college, please log in to Google Classroom at the time of your normal lesson or follow any other instructions received from your tutor.
  • Students are advised to check NesComms for messages from their teachers.
  • Those booked in to the Gas and Electrical Academy should still attend their scheduled class
  • Exams: currently some examinations are still going ahead as planned. We will be contacting individual students about exams.

STAFF

The campus is now open to staff. 

NESTOTS, Innovation salon and sports facilities

  • Nestots nursery remains open.
  • Outdoor sports facilities are now open for booked groups.
  • The college's Innovation salon and gym and sports centre have re-opened, and are following careful Covid-safe practices. 

HEALTH & WELLBEING INFORMATION

The College is in touch with various partners to help look after the health and wellbeing of our Nescot community. Some useful resources can be found below (note: links to third party information).

Health and Wellbeing advice for Parents and Carers (Surrey County Council and NHS)

Health Apps you can trust (Surrey and Borders NHS)

FURTHER UPDATES

We are in an evolving situation and will provide a further updates when necessary. Please check this web site and the college's social media pages for the latest info.

Notice on household asymptomatic testing

If you’re a member of a household, childcare bubble or support bubble of a college student or of a staff member, you can get twice-weekly symptom-free tests. The symptom-free tests for households are not available from schools or colleges. Households can book an appointment online at a symptom-free testing site, or collect a home-testing kit from a designated collection point, or if unable to travel to a site, order a kit online. You can find out more at surreycc.gov.uk/symptomfreecovidtesting.

If your child or a household or bubble member develop COVID-19 symptoms, do not use symptom-free testing. Book a free test at gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.

General details of Nescot's Covid-19 procedures

We confirm we are complying with the government's guidance on managing the risk of Covid-19.

Face coverings and exemptions

Face coverings must be worn in all indoor locations in the college, unless you are exempt. Exemption cards must be displayed by students who are exempt.

What do students need to do if they think they are exempt from wearing a face covering?

If exemption relates to a medical condition the student must contact the College Nurse who is based in N17or by emailing iwhite@nescot.ac.uk Students can ask their parent / carer to write or email the College Nurse or the student’s Personal Development Coach to let us know about this.

We have produced a card for exempt students to wear in their lanyard so that they are not asked to wear a face covering. The card must be carried on campus by exempt students from Monday 2 November.

I am new student, what should I expect?

We recognise that the Covid-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on how we all live and work and we have adapted college life to make studying here as safe as possible. Nescot has a very large campus, with lots of space and new facilities, so social distancing is easier for us to achieve than many schools and colleges. It is compulsory to wear a face covering in all communal indoor areas of the College. (Unless you are exempt. Exemption cards must be carried). This includes classrooms, corridors, waiting areas and canteens. You may need to wear a face covering in exams (see below). Please help protect your college community and respect this rule. Full information is available to the college community through Weblearn and Sharepoint.

What are lessons like?

Staff make sure that lessons are as Covid-safe as possible for students, apprentices and staff. Our arrangements will follow the latest government guidance about cleaning, hygiene and safe distancing between students in classrooms and workshops. Students at Nescot were able to begin the 2020-21 academic year with full timetables on campus, switching to a full timetable and remote learning for the Spring term. We returned to campus from 8 March and the summer term will proceed as planned with all on-campus lessons (except if notified by your tutor).

Nescot uses Google Classroom as a digital platform for its teaching, learning and assessment. Google Classroom helps to make lessons and resources interactive and available to students at all times. At Nescot we believe that technology and digital skills play a vital part of learning, and this also means that, throughout lockdown, the College was more than ready to keep high-quality teaching and learning going. We will continue to ensure that young people also get their full English and maths tuition if they need it alongside their main subject.

We know face-to-face learning at our campus is an important part of the student experience. We are doing everything possible to ensure the safety of all members of the Nescot community while providing the practical education our learners need.

What happens if a student has symptoms or someone the student lives with has symptoms?

When the college is open, a student must not come to College if:

  • they or someone they live with is showing one or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 which are a new, persistent cough, a loss of taste and/or smell and a high temperature. Parents / carers must inform the College immediately by contacting the Head of Department or Personal Development Coach;
  • the student (or the person the student lives with) should book a COVID test as soon as possible. The student’s parent / carer must inform the College that a test has been booked;
  • if the student (or someone the student lives with) has a positive result they must self-isolate for 10 to 14 days; (a negative test result means that the student can return to Nescot when the student feels well enough to do so. The student’s parent / carer must provide the College with the official notification confirming the result). SEE CONTACT INFORMATION BELOW.
  • the student has travelled to a country where there is a mandatory 14-day period of quarantine on return to the UK.

Do students and staff have to wear face coverings in outdoor areas of the college?

In outside areas students and staff do not need to wear face coverings, except where otherwise notified, but should comply with social distancing rules.

When are students exempt from wearing a face covering?

There are some circumstances where people may not be able to wear a face covering. Students need to be mindful and respectful of this, the reasons for this may not be visible to others. There are number of reasons why some people cannot wear face coverings. Here are the main ones.

  • Some people cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability.
  • Some people have an underlying health issue which could be made worse by wearing a face covering, for example, asthmatics.
  • A person who relies on lip reading and needs clear sound or facial expressions to communicate.

What do students need to do if they think they are exempt from wearing a face covering?

If it relates to a medical condition the student must contact the College Nurse who is based in N17or by emailing iwhite@nescot.ac.uk Students can ask their parent / carer to write or email the College Nurse or the student’s Personal Development Coach to let us know about this.

We have a card for exempt students to wear in their lanyard so that they are not asked to wear a face covering. The card must be carried on campus by exempt students.

Face coverings in exams

Students would normally be expected to wear face coverings in non-practical examination rooms (where it is a written or online examination). Students who have a confirmed medical exemption will not have to wear face-coverings. In practical assessments or examinations such as those taking place in technical workshops students are exempt from wearing face coverings.

In instances where students wear glasses they may also be exempt from wearing face coverings during the examination. Social distancing will still apply in all examinations in line with government’s guidelines and requirements at the time of the examination.

We update this web page regularly, so it is advisable to check back if you have any questions.

What about other services at Nescot?

Qualifications at Nescot's Gas and Electrical Academy are running. Click here for more information.

Our hair and beauty salon and sports facilities re-opened to the public in April, following the government roadmap. Please see their web sites for details.

https://innovationhairandbeauty.com/

https://nescotfitness.com/

This page is updated when there are changes to guidance. Please check back here and follow us on social media to ensure you stay up-to-date.

Notice on household asymptomatic testing

If you’re a member of a household, childcare bubble or support bubble of a college student or of a staff member, you can get twice-weekly symptom-free tests. The symptom-free tests for households are not available from schools or colleges

Households can book an appointment online at a symptom-free testing site, or collect a home-testing kit from a designated collection point, or if unable to travel to a site, order a kit online. You can find out more at surreycc.gov.uk/symptomfreecovidtesting.

If your child or a household or bubble member develop COVID-19 symptoms, do not use symptom-free testing. Book a free test at gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.

General details of Nescot's Covid-19 procedures

We confirm we are complying with the government's guidance on managing the risk of Covid-19.

Face coverings and exemptions

Face coverings must be worn in all indoor locations in the college, unless you are exempt. 

Exemption cards must be displayed by students who are exempt.

What do students need to do if they think they are exempt from wearing a face covering?

If exemption relates to a medical condition the student must contact the College Nurse who is based in N17or by emailing iwhite@nescot.ac.uk Students can ask their parent / carer to write or email the College Nurse or the student’s Personal Development Coach to let us know about this. We have produced a card for exempt students to wear in their lanyard so that they are not asked to wear a face covering. The card must be carried on campus by exempt students from Monday 2 November.

FAQs

I am new student, what should I expect?

We recognise that the Covid-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on how we all live and work and we have adapted college life to make studying here as safe as possible. Nescot has a very large campus, with lots of space and new facilities, so social distancing is easier for us to achieve than many schools and colleges. It is compulsory to wear a face covering in all communal indoor areas of the College. (Unless you are exempt. Exemption cards must be carried). This includes classrooms, corridors, waiting areas and canteens. You may need to wear a face covering in exams (see below). Please help protect your college community and respect this rule. Full information is available to the college community through Weblearn and Sharepoint.

What are lessons like?

Staff make sure that lessons are as Covid-safe as possible for students, apprentices and staff. Our arrangements will follow the latest government guidance about cleaning, hygiene and safe distancing between students in classrooms and workshops. Students at Nescot were able to begin the 2020-21 academic year with full timetables on campus, switching to a full timetable and remote learning for the Spring term, until 15 March.Nescot uses Google Classroom as a digital platform for its teaching, learning and assessment. Google Classroom helps to make lessons and resources interactive and available to students at all times. At Nescot we believe that technology and digital skills play a vital part of learning, and this also means that, throughout lockdown, the College is more than ready to keep high-quality teaching and learning going. We will continue to ensure that young people also get their full English and maths tuition if they need it alongside their main subject.We know face-to-face learning at our campus is an important part of the student experience. As we resume in-person learning, we will do everything possible to ensure the safety of all members of the Nescot community while providing the practical education our learners need.

What happens if a student has symptoms or someone the student lives with has symptoms?When the college is open, a student must not come to College if:

  • they or someone they live with is showing one or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 which are a new, persistent cough, a loss of taste and/or smell and a high temperature. Parents / carers must inform the College immediately by contacting the Head of Department or Personal Development Coach;
  • the student (or the person the student lives with) should book a COVID test as soon as possible. The student’s parent / carer must inform the College that a test has been booked;
  • if the student (or someone the student lives with) has a positive result they must self-isolate for 10 to 14 days; (a negative test result means that the student can return to Nescot when the student feels well enough to do so. The student’s parent / carer must provide the College with the official notification confirming the result). SEE CONTACT INFORMATION BELOW.
  • the student has travelled to a country where there is a mandatory 14-day period of quarantine on return to the UK.

Do students and staff have to wear face coverings in outdoor areas of the college?

In outside areas students and staff do not need to wear face coverings, except where otherwise notified, but should comply with social distancing rules.

When are students exempt from wearing a face covering?

There are some circumstances where people may not be able to wear a face covering. Students need to be mindful and respectful of this, the reasons for this may not be visible to others. There are number of reasons why some people cannot wear face coverings. Here are the main ones.

  • Some people cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability.
  • Some people have an underlying health issue which could be made worse by wearing a face covering, for example, asthmatics.
  • A person who relies on lip reading and needs clear sound or facial expressions to communicate.

What do students need to do if they think they are exempt from wearing a face covering?

If it relates to a medical condition the student must contact the College Nurse who is based in N17or by emailing iwhite@nescot.ac.ukStudents can ask their parent / carer to write or email the College Nurse or the student’s Personal Development Coach to let us know about this.We have a card for exempt students to wear in their lanyard so that they are not asked to wear a face covering. The card must be carried on campus by exempt students.

Face coverings in exams

Students would normally be expected to wear face coverings in non-practical examination rooms (where it is a written or online examination). Students who have a confirmed medical exemption will not have to wear face-coverings. In practical assessments or examinations such as those taking place in technical workshops students are exempt from wearing face coverings.In instances where students wear glasses they may also be exempt from wearing face coverings during the examination. Social distancing will still apply in all examinations in line with government’s guidelines and requirements at the time of the examination.

What about other services at Nescot? 

Qualifications at Nescot's Gas and Electrical Academy are running. Click here for more information.
Our hair and beauty salon, Innovation, and our sports facilities and gym will re-open soon, following the government roadmap. Please see their web sites for details.https://innovationhairandbeauty.com/https://nescot...

This page is updated when there are changes to guidance.
Please check back here and follow us on social media to ensure you stay up-to-date.