NTC Covid-19 update
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Senior Leadership Team has been actively managing the situation to ensure, as much as possible, the safety of everyone associated with NTC. We have carried out risk assessments, introduced new signage and prepared contingency plans based on the latest advice from the UK government, Public Health England, and other appropriate regulatory bodies.
The College will continue to closely monitor the situation and will take all appropriate and necessary steps, as required by official advice, to keep you as safe as possible. The safety of everyone at a COVID-19 secure NTC is a top priority. The College has an Outbreak Control Plan and this will be followed when necessary. This states how the College will support those who have received a positive Covid-19 test result; what actions will be taken on campus and how we will inform those who have been in contact with the person.
24 September 2021 update
We are delighted to welcome both new and returning students to our beautiful campus. We have missed your presence!
Our plans for the new semester seek to give every opportunity for a safe face-to-face experience for all of us at NTC. We all have a part to play in this and maintaining a COVID-19 secure campus is everyone’s responsibility. We recognise that attitudes to COVID-19 safety can vary from person to person. It is, however, really significant to state that some members of our community have higher levels of risk from COVID-19 than others so it is important to be respectful and take the necessary precautions to ensure everybody’s safety.
You need to know that we have a couple of approaches to everything:
We want to be a place of compassion, community and consistency from our gatherings to our approaches – so that’s why:
- we’re sticking with masks – we know some places aren’t, but we are – not because we’re especially mean, but because we know we have vulnerable people in our community – please wear your mask if you’re able. Please note that this is change to what we advised in our last statement.
- we’re supporting distancing for those who need it – again, there are a range of ways people feel about being together – and so if someone is stepping back from you, or distanced a bit – please respect their need for space!
- we’ve supported the Government’s hope that vaccinations are as widely taken up as possible – but we know that some people cannot take them – we encourage you to be sensitive, supportive, and caring – accepting that there are diverse needs and views in our community.
- the decisions that we arrive at are normally through collaboration and a team of people working through the government’s Covid announcements – they are sometimes by our own choice (masks, chapel, things like that) but,
- we’re subject to several government regulatory bodies. In particular there are three we work with: Public Health England, Office for Students and NHS Track and Trace. Throughout the year they are asking us for information about our and your approach to the virus. The best way for us to do that is through voluntary surveys – which collect anonymous data and we can then respond to their requests. We do not use this for anything other than the declared purposes
- We don’t want to know your vaccine status – but, if you’re not vaccinated we ask that you take a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test prior to when you come onto campus if you’re not resident – if you’re positive, please follow the Government guidance (if you’re not sure what it is, ask us)
- We don’t want to know your vaccine status – but, if you’re not vaccinated and in residence we ask that you take an LFD test as outlined in your agreements – if you’re positive, please follow the Government guidance (if you’re not sure what it is, ask us)
- We DO WANT YOU TO KNOW WE ARE A COMMUNITY of love, grace and HIGH TRUST – we’re not checking up on you in any of these areas, instead, we’re trusting you to act in the best interests of others in every way – and, because we know we’re a community growing in Christ-likeness, we believe you will serve, love and sacrifice in many ways to live out the life of Christ here!
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site/ is a quick way to find your nearest walk in vaccination centre if you are not able to visit your local GP surgery.
Any students who are not double vaccinated, or who decline to state whether or not they have been vaccinated, will have to self isolate for 10 days if they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
Students who are double vaccinated will not need to self isolate if they are a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19. They should, however, arrange for a PCR test as soon as possible.
In order to protect the on-campus community, residential students who are not double vaccinated will be expected to take a daily Lateral Flow Device test.
Alongside vaccination, testing is another important part of keeping us all safe. Testing twice a week minimises the risk of transmission or an outbreak which may lead to the closure of the campus. As home testing kits are now available to all adults in England, we expect that anyone coming to campus has a negative test before they come. Tests can be ordered online via https//www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests . Test kits are also available from Reception in the White House. There are lots of places where you can pick up a home test kit – use your postcode to find your nearest location https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/
We expect all students who come on campus to test twice weekly.
Testing picks up asymptomatic cases and helps to protect the vulnerable. It is important that we continue to care for each other throughout the semester.
Any students who get a positive test result must inform the College and self isolate, following the government guidance in force at that time. In such situations, the Academic Office will arrange zoom access during isolation.
We expect students to wear a face covering in the classrooms and when in corridors and moving around buildings. Wearing of face coverings does respect others and helps to keep each other safe.
There are no strict rules regarding social distancing but please be respectful of those who may prefer to stand slightly back or move their seat back a bit.
When greeting each other, we should consider whether or not a hug/handshake is appropriate – please don’t assume normal cultural practices. Just quickly check and agree how you will greet each other.
Classes will be face to face, although provision will be made for those unable to attend due to COVID-19.
Hand sanitisers will be at the door of each classroom, as well as surface wipes should you want to wipe down the desk and chair before you use them.
The classrooms will be cleaned at 8am and 1pm each day.
We will be using the café this semester for some classes and E1 & E2 will be one big classroom. This is to help with ventilation for the bigger class sizes.
Morning coffee will continue to be served at 11am but watch out for any messages about where this will be served. We will be using different venues on the days that there is a morning class in the café.
The café conservatory is set aside for those who want to have coffee but prefer a smaller area where social distancing will be maintained.
Students and staff can also use the patio area at the back (if it’s not raining!).
Chapel will be on a weekly basis. It will be live streamed throughout the semester, but once a month we will be holding an evening chapel and it will be fully online. Singing in chapel will take place in accordance with regulations – and you will be informed in each Chapel of the way you can participate.
PASTORAL CARE GROUPS (PCG)
Each student will be put in a Pastoral Care Group, which will normally be face to face. Check with your PCG leader for where your group will be meeting as we need to use well ventilated areas rather than faculty offices. There is provision for an online PCG and if that is a mode you would prefer please let email@example.com know.
We want to care well for all our students so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions or concerns.
Current students will receive updates from the Dean as we adapt to the changing government guidance during this pandemic. Please look out for any emails as we continue to advise and support you in your studies.
To find out more information about the plans NTC have put in place please see below: