Start of Term Arrangements – September 2021

1st September 2021

RE: Start of Term Arrangements – September 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

As we reach the end of the Summer Holidays, we are very much looking forward to welcoming all students back for the start of the new term.

Within this letter you will find detailed information about the start of term arrangements.

Following the recent rise in Covid19 infection rates and the Government announcement that Cornwall is now an ‘Enhanced Response Area’, you will also find additional information about what that means for Bodmin College students.

Start of Term Arrangements:

We look forward to welcoming all students back on the staggered return dates outlined below. On arrival students should go to their designated meeting area (shown below), where they will be welcomed by their tutors and year group team. All students will start with an extended tutor time where they will be given their new timetables along with other preparations for the year ahead. Round 2 Covid19 Testing (including distribution of home self-testing kits) and Mop-Up Round 1 testing will also take place on each year group’s first day back.

Monday 6th September Staff Training Day & Round 1 Testing Appointments Continue
Tuesday 7th September Year 7 & 12 Induction Day Year 7 to meet on Top Tennis Courts*
Year 12 to meet on Main Tennis Courts
Wednesday 8th September Year 7, 11, 12 & 13 Only Year 7 to meet on Top Tennis Courts
Year 11 to meet on Main Tennis Courts*
Year 12/13 to meet in 6th Form Area
Thursday 9th September All Years Year 7 to meet on Top Tennis Courts
Year 8 to meet in Bell Quad*
Year 9 to meet in Robartes Quad*
Year 10 &11 to meet on Main Tennis Courts*
Year 12/13 6th Form Area
*Greenfield students, please arrive at the Greenfield Area on your year group day

Please note as per my letter in July, all students should be in full College uniform and be prepared with all the essential items for the College Day. A reminder of this information can be found on our website. PE Kit will not be required on the first day.

Changes to Covid19 Protection Measures:

On 19th July the Government lifted restrictions as England moved into Step 4, however over the course of the summer, infection rates in Cornwall have risen significantly and as a result Cornwall has now been categorised as an ‘Enhanced Response Area’.

As always our key priorities are:

  1. Safety of all students, staff, parents and their families.
  2. Highest quality educational experience for all students.

The National vaccination programme is well underway and the government have published scientific evidence indicating that clinical risk to children is extremely low. Therefore for most people, the risk of serious illness from Covid19 is significantly reduced. However, with the high infection rates, the risk of staff absence as experienced by many local businesses, is something we wish to avoid. Maintaining sufficient staffing levels is essential in ensuring that we can continue to provide our students with the personalised, high quality education they deserve. Protection measures play an important role this and will in turn also help protect our local community.

The table below outlines the changes to Covid19 protection measures at Bodmin College:

Ventilation Bodmin College will continue to maintain high levels of ventilation across the college, whilst also ensuring thermal comfort.
Cleanliness Bodmin College will continue to maintain high standards of regular cleaning throughout the day with additional cleaning staff in place. Students will continue to be supervised in using the Hand-Sanitisers available at all entrances to the college, in classrooms and canteens.
Face Coverings In light of the increased rates of Covid19 in Cornwall and in accordance with the updated Public Health guidance for schools in Cornwall, face coverings continue to be required* on buses and in canteens, corridors and all communal areas .
To ensure that we are able to maintain sufficient levels of staffing to keep the college open and running as normal, face coverings may also be required in classroom settings*.
This will be kept under review in accordance with Public Health advice and the local context. As with previously, students should continue to follow the guidance on the safe wearing of face-coverings and should always keep a clean spare with them in a small plastic bag .
*excluding those with exemptions.
Covid19 Self-Testing We strongly recommend that all students, staff and families continue with twice weekly self-testing at home. We now recommend taking a test every Sunday and Wednesday evening (a change from Thursdays) . We also ask that you continue to record the results of your child’s test both with the NHS and Bodmin College. Additional testing kits for families can be ordered https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
If your child or a member of your household tests positive, please follow NHS guidance:
  • Isolate and arrange a PCR test
  • NHS Test and Trace will contact you to identify close contacts
  • Inform us by contacting the attendance office.
Full details of what to do can be found in the covid19 section of our website.
Track & Trace Schools are no longer expected to undertake contact tracing. Close contacts will now be identified by NHS Test and Trace .
Close contacts who are under 18 or have been double vaccinated will be required to have a PCR test within 2 days but will only be required to isolate if their test returns as positive. NHS Test and Trace will advise you.
Symptoms We continue to ask all students, staff and parents to be vigilant for symptoms. Please do not attend the College site if your child or anyone in your household has tested positive or is exhibiting symptoms .
The main key symptoms are:
  • New & persistent cough
  • High Temperature/fever
  • Loss of taste or smell
Anyone experiencing these symptoms should isolate and arrange a PCR test.
Some people experience milder symptoms such as headaches, nausea, fatigue, sore throat. Currently these are not recognised as key symptoms but caution should be exercised and lateral flow testing undertaken.
Vaccinations Public Health England continue to encourage all those eligible (anyone over 16 and some children 12-16 who are/live with someone who is Clinically Extremely Vulnerable) to consider taking up the offer of protection with two doses of the Covid19 vaccine . You can book through the NHS portal: Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
To check if you are eligible Who can get the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
If you have any concerns or questions about the vaccine COVID-19 vaccine - Frequently asked questions - NHS Kernow CCG - NHS Kernow CCG
Bubbles Government guidance no longer requires year group bubbles and students are no longer required to travel to and from college separately . However, student voice (through council and survey) voted in favour of keeping some separate designated year group areas available at break and lunchtimes , these will be shared with students on their first day back to college. In addition, schools are still required to be able to switch to bubbles as part of their contingency plans should this be necessary.
Remote Learning Access Online resources for every lesson will continue to be available via Satchel:One. Feedback from students, staff and parents has shown these resources to be beneficial for students wanting to revisit work or affected by absence.
Staggered Timings The staggered timings last academic year proved to be beneficial in a number of ways, including: reducing congestion at the end of the day; reducing lunch and break time queues.
The new timings are as follows:
8:30 - 8:45 Staff supervision is provided for student arrival
8:45 College day starts - All students to their areas/class
8:50 – 10:30 Learning Zone 1
10:30 -11:00 Tutor Time for Years 7, 9, 11, 12 & 13 Break Time for Years 8 &10
11:00 – 11:30 Break Time for Years 7, 9, 11, 12 & 13 Tutor Time for Years 8 & 10
11:30 – 1:10 Learning Zone 2
1:10 – 1:50 Lunch for all years but canteens will have designated time slots to reduce queue times
1:10 - End Learning Zone 3
3:20 Year 7 & 8 End of College Day
3:25 Year 9 End of College Day
3:30 Year 10, 11, 12 & 13 End of College Day
Visitors We politely request that all visitors to make an appointment prior to attending the College Site. This will help reduce your waiting times and ensure that the relevant member of staff is available to meet with you. Please note that in accordance with Public Health “Enhanced Response Area” advice, visitors will be asked to wait outside and will require a face covering (except where exempt).

I hope that this letter provides all the information you need ahead of the start of term to ensure a really smooth and positive start back for your child. As always, should you have any queries please see the covid19 section of our website or use the contact us section of our website. Please note that although emails are being monitored periodically the office is closed until Monday 6th September and so there may be a delay in response times. Updated parent FAQs and risk assessments will also be available shortly along with the new Family Calendar for 2021/22.

We will of course continue to liaise closely with Public Health Cornwall to ensure that our measures remain appropriate and in accordance with the latest government guidance. For this reason, please be aware that all information is subject to change.

Aside from the Covid19 protection measures, we are all very much looking forward to welcoming our students back to what we hope will become a much more normal College experience with our usual broad and exciting range of educational opportunities and high quality care and provision.

Kindest Regards

E Seward-Adams

Mrs Emmie Seward-Adams
Principal