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Attendance and Timetables

  • Lessons and tutorials will be held face-to-face from Monday 8th March and timetables remain unchanged.
  • The Government expect all students to return physically to fulltime study from 8th March, unless they themselves are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) and have been medically advised otherwise. If this applies to you please contact us on wellbeing@richuish.ac.uk.
  • Lesson times and length will be the same for the remainder of this term.
  • As previously, we need to ask students to leave the College site when they do not have a lesson. The LC will be open for supervised study, for those students who are unable to travel home during the College day.

Face Coverings on Site

In line with Government guidance:

  • Students and staff will need to wear face-coverings in indoor communal areas, this now also includes in classrooms until further notice.
  • Where there is a genuine medical reason for exemption, students will be asked to wear a purple lanyard. Individual students who do not already have a registered exemption with the College should contact wellbeing@huish.ac.uk or ask the Reception Team for help.
  • Teachers and Progress Tutors will provide students with more frequent breaks during sessions to support their comfort.
  • Outdoor areas – face coverings do not need to be worn outside as long as social distancing is maintained, or at busy times of day (e.g. when waiting for a bus).
  • Social distancing should be observed wherever possible, and one-way systems followed as they were last term.
  • Where teachers or tutors are able to maintain a 2m+ distance in classrooms, they are not required to wear a face-covering.

Social Distancing in our Local Community

We need to ask you to be sensitive and respectful to our local community when travelling to and from college. Especially if you are using the lane at the back of the site and in areas such as Vivary Park. Many of our neighbours are elderly and vulnerable and may be very anxious in the coming weeks with more people out and about.

Unless we all follow the Government rules, the road map to easing restrictions will be slowed or even reversed so please do all that you can to keep yourself and others safe.

Testing

Thank you to all of the students and staff involved in our first day of mass screening in the Sports Hall. It has been a complex logistical process to set up in a very short space of time and a phenomenal communal effort.

Test 1

All students should have their 1st Lateral Flow Device Test before they attend lessons

  • Tests can be booked on Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th March via the online shop.
  • Students should only travel to college to receive a test before the 8th March if they can get to the site by walking, cycling, driving or getting a lift with a member of their household
  • Limited slots are available for testing on the morning of Monday 8th March, for those who have no way of coming in safely beforehand. These can be booked here March 8th – Monday | Richard Huish College
  • LFD Testing is carried out in the Sports Hall

Tests 2 and 3

Bookings are now open for Test 2 and once you have received your first test you will be sent an email with the specified slot for the next one. You must leave a 3-5 day gap between tests and once you have had all 3 tests, you will be given a home-testing kit and should use this to test yourself twice a week (further details will be provided on collection)

Questions About Testing

If you have any concerns about the testing please email us on wellbeing@richuish.ac.uk and we will be able to support you.

Buses

  • Buses will be operating their normal service from Monday 8th March.
  • Bus Tickets – students traveling on any of the Buses of Somerset routes may want to consider purchasing a 20 day bundle (mTicket). Each ticket is a return journey (20 return journeys), which can be used when necessary and are not limited by an end date. With the current timetable, this may potentially be the most cost-effective travel on these routes.

Catering from 8th March

The Huish Kitchen and Willow Café will be open during official breaks and at lunchtime and will serve drinks, snacks and takeaway food. As previously, limited seating will be available over the lunch period and a trace and trace system will be in operation.

Settling Back into College

We know that may you will be really looking forward to returning to face-to-face classes and we can’t wait to have you back on site. However, some of you may understandably be feeling a little unsettled after a long period at home or worried about returning to face-to-face study. Your teachers and tutors are really aware of this and will be doing all they can in the first few weeks to help you settle back in and feel confident on site. Please do remember that your Progress Tutor is really happy to help and chat things through with you, or you can access support in H1 from our Student Services Team.