Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
This page will be our primary communication tool to communicate the latest updates including College closures - so please check back regularly.
This page was last updated 27/03/2020 11:20
A message from the Principal:
To all of our students, parents and community partners,
I want to say a huge thank you to everyone for supporting our transition to online teaching, learning and working.
It's great to see so many students engaged and continuing their studies. We are incredibly proud of our students' achievements, resilience and compassion for one another - particularly during this worrying and uncertain time.
I want to reassure you that NewVIc will always be here and will continue to do what we do best - support our students and families.
Many of you have concerns and questions regarding the cancellation of exams for 2020 and what this means for you. We will continue to keep you updated with the latest guidance from the Department for Education (see Exams and Assessments below) and will ensure that we do everything we can to support your progression to wherever that may be.
Our students have always been more than just grades to us and we will always work hard to ensure everyone, no matter their ambition - gets to where they want to be in life.
Mandeep Gill, Principal and Chief Executive
An important message to our students:
The Government have informed us that schools and colleges will remain closed until further notice. Therefore, in the first instance, we will continue with online learning until the end of the term on Friday 3 April when we are scheduled to close for the Easter break. The college would then be due to recommence on 20 April.
The Government has stated that there will be no exams to be taken in May and June, and I must reinforce the Government’s message, that no students will be disadvantaged by these exceptional circumstances. As the Government have not yet said how students will be assessed and awarded grades, only that learning must continue, it is imperative that all students engage with online learning, and follow the instructions given by their teachers.
If you are a student/member of staff and need to reset your password, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need to access your email: https://webmail.newvic.ac.uk
Exams and assessments:
The government has published further details on the cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020.
Find out more: FAQ Exams and Assessments.
Free school meals:
Be aware of scam emails
We have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.
We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately.
For information regarding access to free school meals during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
Please note that although the college building is closed, you must ‘attend’ remotely using the Google Suite and Google Classroom. You should continue to follow your timetable where instructed and a ‘virtual’ register will be taken. Please create a comfortable space to work and that your device links to the internet. You may even consider small groups working together where individuals may not have the necessary access and/or equipment.
Entry and L1 students:
For Entry and L1 students, task and assignment completion is very important to achieve your qualifications. Entry students have already been provided with learning packs and they are expected to complete them in the next two weeks. L1 students need to continue to access their lessons through Google classroom.
For Vocational students, completing coursework to the set deadline is extremely important in order to achieve your qualification. Assignments must be completed to the set deadlines. Teachers and Tutors will be monitoring assignment submissions and students will be contacted if any deadlines are missed. We have been advised to continue to follow the submission and resubmission BTEC, CACHE, NCFE and UAL rules.
A Level, AS Level and GCSE students:
All A Level, AS Level and GCSE students need to continue to access lessons through Google classroom and to complete work as directed by your teachers. Although the summer exams in May and June have been cancelled we still await communication on how grades will be awarded. There is a possibility that students' grades could be impacted on by what work they complete in the next few weeks. It is particularly important that any A Level, AS Level and GCSE coursework is submitted as exam boards may use this to predict grades.
We will continue to follow the government advice and update you as we have more information from the exam boards.
We will continue to update our website www.newvic.ac.uk on a regular basis, and this should be your first option for up-to-date information.
General queries will be addressed by emailing email@example.com
Questions from students regarding access passcodes/connectivity issues/Google teaching should be sent to LRC@newvic.ac.uk
Safeguarding yourselves during isolation:
This is an anxious and worrying time for everyone. Please see the links below and the attached information if you are concerned about your wellbeing or mental health.
- Childline – free confidential support for under 19s - 0800 1111 – www.childline.org.uk
- Samaritans – 24hr confidential emotional support – 116 123 – www.samaritans.org
- Young Minds - https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/
- The Mix - https://www.themix.org.uk/
Preparing for online learning:
It is important that we all keep in touch with each other during this time. Please can all staff and students take the following actions now to ensure they receive all the information they need in preparation for online learning.
1. Make sure you can access your college email by going to: https://webmail.newvic.ac.uk
Firepass is not required to access your email remotely.
This is the primary way the college will be in contact with you.
If you are a student and need to reset your password, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org (you will need your student ID)
2. Make sure you are set up on Google Classroom and all students are enrolled to the necessary Google Classrooms.
3. Make sure you save all the files you may need to your Google Drive.
4. Make sure you are following the college on all social media platforms.
5. Continue to visit this webpage for updated information.
Keeping yourself safe and healthy:
We continue to encourage all students and staff to follow the advice and guidance of Public Health England to limit the spread of the virus, specifically:
- Wash your hands often, with soap and water or a sanitising gel for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched object and surfaces.
- If you or a member of your family have a new continuous cough and/or high temperature you must stay at home and do not leave your house for 14 days.
Mental health and wellbeing:
We are aware that the spread and impact of the virus is a cause of anxiety and uncertainty. For those affected, these resources from Mind and the World Health Organisation might be both informative and reassuring.
If you have coronavirus symptoms:
You must stay at home for 14 days if you have either:
- a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
- a new, continuous cough
- do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if
- You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- Your condition gets worse
- Your symptoms do not get better after 14 days
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
What is COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
What if I have more concerns that I want to talk through with someone?
The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and students can contact the helpline by telephone and email:
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Email: Dfeemail@example.com
- The helpline is open from 8 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday