Parents/ Guardians Support

Information for Parents/ Guardians of Newcastle College Students

Update: Tuesday 3 November

The Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown will come into effect at 00.01 on Thursday 5 November for a four week period until Wednesday 2 December.

The announcement confirmed that schools, colleges and universities should remain open, so we want to reassure you that Newcastle College will remain open in line with government advice. We will continue to follow all of the safety processes and measures that we have in place to keep students and colleagues safe while on campus.

Students should continue to attend college following their usual timetable and follow all of the safety measures we have in place.

Safety on Campus

We've been busy making extensive changes to our campus and to the way our teaching and learning works to help keep our campus a safe place to learn for everybody. We're confident that we have taken all of the possible precautions that we can and we ask that our students play their part by reading all of the safety information provided and following the rules that we have put in place.

We have given students all of the information they need and we will keep in regular contact with them, but we understand that as parents and guardians you will also be keen to understand the changes that we've made to keep our students safe. Student information can be found on a dedicated page here.

Please read the information and FAQs on these pages as this includes everything you need to know about changes to campus and some of the rules we'll be asking our students (along with all of our staff) to follow. We will be updating the information based on guidance from the government as and when we receive it.
If you have any specific questions or concerns about your child's attendance on campus, you should consult with their programme leader or course tutor in the first instance, as they will be able to provide the right support.

As students will continue to spend time learning from home, they can access advice and support in our Remote Learning hub which we will continue to update as we develop more resources in the coming weeks.

Key Rules

- do not attend campus if they, or a member of their household are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19.
- follow the one-way systems in place on campus
- wear a face covering inside buildings on campus
- maintain a safe distance from others, even when outside
- do not smoke on campus
- wash and sanitise hands regularly

Important Reminder

If a student, or someone in a student's household or support bubble experiences symptoms, students SHOULD NOT ATTEND campus.

If students develop symptoms they should self-isolate for 10 days before returning to campus and get tested wherever possible. They should not return to campus until they receive a negative test result or their isolation period has finished.

If someone within a student household or support bubble develops symptoms, students should self-isolate for 14 days from the onset of symptoms or wait for the symptomatic person to receive a negative test result before returning to campus.

Full guidance on this is available on the NHS website here.