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Important Updates, Information and Guidance

Update: 4th January 2022
Important Update to Face Covering Guidance

Dear students,

On 2nd January 2022, the Government issued guidance which stated that face coverings should now also be worn in classrooms and workshops at College, in addition to being worn in corridors and social spaces. If you are exempt from wearing a face covering, please collect an exemption card from any of the main reception areas across all campuses. This guidance will be reviewed on 26th January 2022.

Please don’t forget to complete a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) in the evening or morning before you return to College and then continue to test twice weekly using lateral flow device (LFD) tests, which are available to collect from reception desks and libraries at all campuses.

Thank you for your support.

Update: 17th December 2021
Letter from the Principal

Please see end of term letters below from the College Principal including important information regarding the Christmas closure and re-opening periods:

Update: 29th November 2021
COVID-19 Measures Following Recent Government Guidance

Following the recent announcement by the Prime Minister on the new Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus, the College has now received new guidance from the Department for Education that reintroduces some temporary measures to help slow down the spread of the new virus strain.

From Tuesday 30th November, face coverings will once again be mandatory for all staff, students, apprentices, and visitors across all our College campuses in communal and public spaces.

The College does currently have a small supply of face coverings and will be issuing them in reception areas; however, we would strongly encourage you to obtain your own.

Students and apprentices should also wear a face covering when travelling on public transport and when using the College’s free bus service.

In addition to face coverings, in order to further help protect our College community, please continue to test weekly using lateral flow device (LFD) tests, which are available from the libraries at the St Helens Town Centre Campus, Knowsley Main Campus and STEM Centre Campus and from reception at the IAMTech and Kirkby Campuses.

Vaccines remain the best defence against COVID-19; helping to protect young people and adults and those around them from severe illness. Vaccination also makes people less likely to catch the virus and pass it on. All eligible students are therefore encouraged to take up the offer of the vaccine, including boosters.

The safety of students and staff remains our principal concern. We hope that these new measures will only be a short-term intervention, but it is important that we take them seriously to help slow the spread of this new variant.

Thank you for your continued support in helping to keep us all safe and well.