Parents/ Guardians Support

Information for Parents / Guardians of Newcastle College Students

Update 1 March 2021: - Following the Prime Minister’s announcement regarding the reopening of schools and colleges, we can confirm that Newcastle College will begin welcoming students back to campus from Monday 8 March.

Due to the size of Newcastle College, students will not all be able to return on the same day. Students will be invited back over a three week period between Monday 8 March and Monday 22 March. Return dates will depend on which course a student is enrolled on. Students should soon receive an email communication explaining the process for safe return to campus. Tutors will then send further information with specific return details for each course and an invite to attend campus for an initial Covid-19 test.

We want to reassure everybody that safety remains our highest priority and safety measures will continue to be in place across campus for the foreseeable future. Further safety information is detailed below. This page will continue to be updated in the coming days and weeks.

Safety on Campus

Safety remains our highest priority and we’re working hard to make sure that campus remains a safe place to learn. This means that there will continue to be safety measures in place across campus for the foreseeable future and we’ll also be inviting all students and staff to take part in our testing programme.

While we will reopen for all of our students, student timetables will continue to be a blend of on-campus lessons and online teaching over the next term. This will reduce the numbers of students on campus at any one time but means you can still benefit from time with tutors, classmates and fantastic facilities, while staying as safe as possible.

We are continuing to follow all of the available guidance and we have extensive safety measures in place on campus, including:

• All students and colleagues will be required to wear a face covering in ALL indoor settings, including lessons, unless medically exempt
• All lessons will be subject to social distancing wherever possible
• One-way only systems will remain wherever possible and lifts restricted to one person use
• All students and colleagues will be invited to take part in our testing programme to prevent asymptomatic spread of Covid-19
• Students and colleagues MUST NOT attend campus if they are displaying symptoms, or live with anyone displaying symptoms of Covid-19.

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 10 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.