Information for returning students

What to Expect in September

We are looking forward to welcoming our students - new and current - on to campus... it’s been a while!

We are all looking forward to supporting you with your learning, and making it the best possible learning experience it can be.  We are confident that if we work together and all play our part, we can make college a safe and enjoyable place for us all to be.

So, as we approach the start of term in September, we wanted to give you, our students, an understanding as to how it will feel being on campus.

We have put in place a range of measures to ensure you can safely return to learning, however, it is the responsibility of every individual to follow good health and safety practices, and we cannot stress enough the role you will take in ensuring the welfare of yourself, your peers and the wider college community.

Your Principal, Sean Mackney, tells you what to expect at college and how we're adapting to a Covid-secure education in this video.

 

Socially Distancing - Even with friends

While you are on any Petroc campus you will be required to maintain two meters distance from others and sadly this should also include your friends.

  • At all times you should try to maintain a two metre distance from others – unless this is not possible due to the nature of the task/study, in which case other measures may be required such as face coverings and screens.
  • You are required to attend college only for the purposes of attending lessons or coming to safe space.
  • Being on the college site purely for social purposes is not permitted.
  • You can walk to college with friends but please be mindful of social distancing and remain at a safe distance from each other.
  • Please leave college once your period of required attendance is complete and make your way home as quickly and as safely as possible.
  • If you are vulnerable or shielding please inform your course tutor so that Petroc can make an informed decision on your personal circumstances.

 

Travelling to and from College

  • If you are travelling on public transport, it is compulsory to wear a face covering. We would recommend that you also wear a face covering when travelling on the dedicated Petroc buses.
  • You can walk to college with friends but please be mindful of social distancing and remain at a safe distance from each other.
  • Car sharing with people outside of your household is not advised by the government, unless it is absolutely necessary. In this case, you should familiarise yourself with the latest guidance on how to protect yourself as much as possible in a vehicle. 

 

Face Coverings

Learners must wear a face covering when indoors.

  • You may remove your face covering when being taught at your desk/workstation, however if you need to get up from your desk - for whatever reason – you must put your face covering back on.
  • If you are travelling on public transport, it is compulsory to wear a face covering. We would recommend that you also wear a face covering when travelling on the dedicated Petroc buses.
  • Whilst it is not compulsory for learners to wear a face covering, you may be asked to wear one if it is vital to the role/task you will be performing.
  • Find out more about face coverings

 

Moving Around College

Please be aware that in order to ensure the utmost level of safety, movement around college may be restricted and feel different from before.

  • Please ensure you follow any signs and directions that are on the college campus and only use the specified entrances and exits.
  • There will be one-way systems in place which will be clearly marked. Please abide by these even if this means a longer route than you would normally take.
  • Please ensure you regularly use the sanitiser stations positioned at the entrance and throughout the campus buildings.
  • All existing measures to aid anyone with a physical disability remain in place. If you feel you may require additional assistance for any reason, please inform a member of Student Support.
  • You will be able to make payments at the cashiers desk in the normal way, although a card is preferred to cash where possible.

 

Learning Spaces

Being on campus will be quite different to how it was last year. As well as seeing friends and lecturers in face coverings, you will also see that there will be one-way systems in place and many on-site facilities will be reduced.

  • Classroom layouts will have been adjusted to ensure there is sufficient space for students and staff to safely teach and learn.
  • It is important that you maintain the prescribed social distancing of two metres from all members of the college community.
  • Please ensure you follow any signs and directions that are on the college campus and only use the specified entrances and exits.
  • You are encouraged to bring and use your own laptop and tablets at college.
  • A limited number of college Chromebooks will be available for use. We ask that you clean the equipment after use, with the cleaning materials provided

 

Learning Methods

You will split your time between practical learning on campus and remote learning from home. We will be identifying how your class will be delivered on your timetable.

Please see example:

Timetable example

  • Learning that is identified as “In person” on your timetable will require you to attend your lecture on campus, in person.
  • Learning that is indentified as “Digital” on your time table will be either live streamed, recorded, or via Google classroom. You can access this from home or designated college space.
  • If you are retaking English and Maths GCSE and Functional Skills, your learning will be delivered digitally.
  • If you are studying English and Maths A-level, you will be taught in person and digitally.
  • If you are a supported learning student, your English and Maths will be delivered in person.
  • You will be required to attend all lectures – whether in person or digitally – and your attendance will be recorded as normal.

 

Catering Facilities

There will be a range of food outlets open, however we would encourage you to consider bringing your own food and drinks where possible.

  • The following food outlets will be open:

-              North Devon campus: The Foodhall, Basement and the Fuel Stop (Costa)
-              Mid Devon campus: Costa
-              Brannams: The Pottery

  • The Shop and The Sandwich Box at North Devon campus are not planned to open for the autumn term.
  • There will be no vending machines operational, however water fountains will be available.
  • All food and drink will be takeaway only.
  • Please bring your own cutlery, if possible, to avoid single-use plastics.
  • Contactless payment is preferred.
  • If you are entitled to free college meals, we will be contacting you for your bank details. You will then be able to purchase your meal in the usual way or arrange to bring something from home.

 

Toilet Facilities

Please be aware that whilst all toilet facilities will be open there may be specific guidelines to follow and individual elements may be taped off.

  • There will be a strict one-in, one-out system in place. If you need to queue, you must remain 2 metres from the next person.
  • Learners are asked to use the toilet facilities closest to their faculty area zone.
  • Toilets will be cleaned throughout the day and learners are reminded to wash their hands thoroughly after using the toilet.

 

Additional Help And Advice

We are here to support you to ensure that you get the most out of your time with us, and there are a range of teams available to help.