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Read our plans for keeping our students safe in College from September 2020:

Keeping our Students Safe in College in September 2020

Oxford Sixth Form College is a member of the Boarding Schools’ Association and therefore adheres to the BSA Covid-Safe Charter, ensuring full compliance with any Government quarantine or self-isolation requirements which are in force at the time of your arrival.

College Planning

Face-to-face teaching commenced at the College’s buildings in King Edward Street on Friday 11th September and the buildings are staffed by reception, admissions and facilities staff together with Senior Tutors a member of the College’s senior management team (Assistant Principal, Vice Principal and Principal). Should you wish to visit our main building we would be grateful if you would telephone the College to make an appointment to do so.

Our boarding houses are open but only to our boarders, their house parents, College maintenance staff and for essential deliveries.

Classes, coursework and Online

Our students and staff worked online during the summer term that has recently ended and in the event that a lockdown was re-imposed teaching would be delivered remotely. For information regarding how teaching was delivered, please see our dedicated Online Learning page.

Open Day

We will not be offering a traditional Open Day until further notice but prospective students and their parents are very welcome to visit us at our main building in King Edward Street. To book an appointment, please contact admissions@oxfordsixthformcollege.com

Please note that if you would prefer to do so, we can arrange a Skype admissions interview.

Health

What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus and how is it spread?
The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a new and continuous cough
  • a high temperature (37.8 degrees or above)

Because it’s a new illness, it is not known exactly how it is spread but it is probably in water droplets transferred by coughing or sneezing.

I am displaying symptoms of coronavirus. What should I do?
Please do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The current medical advice is that you and anyone else in your household should stay at home for 14 days if you have either:

  • a new and continuous cough
  • a high temperature (37.8 degrees or above)

Use the 111 online Coronavirus service​ to find out what to do next. If you only have mild symptoms, you won’t be tested. If requested to stay at home, please inform the College.

If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For medical emergencies only, dial 999.

 

What precautions should I take?
Please maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene. This advice includes:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.

I am being tested for, or have been diagnosed with coronavirus. What should I do?
Let us know as soon as possible and inform us as soon as you have the test results.

What do I do if I think either I or someone else has the coronavirus?
If you or someone else thinks they are displaying the symptoms of coronavirus, it is important to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Use the NHS111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.

 

Mental Health

If you are suffering from stress or anxiety as a result of the current situation, please do not hesitate to speak to your Senior Tutor or the College Matron.

Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health

Childline – if you need to talk to someone

 

Social media

The use of social media will inevitably increase during this time and, while this can be a positive thing, it’s important to be safe and to keep your mental health in check.

Our advice to students:

  • Know who you are speaking to online – if something doesn’t feel right, tell someone
  • Don’t be afraid of coming forward and speaking to your parents, carer, guardian, teacher or other trusted adult
  • If you are being bullied online or someone is speaking to you inappropriately, know the police are there to support you as well. You will not be in trouble.

Our advice to parents:

  • Trust your instincts – you know your child better than anyone:
    • Has your child suddenly become very secretive?
    • Are they sad and withdrawn but won’t say why?
    • Do they seem distracted?
    • Do they have sudden mood swings?
    • Are they unable to switch off from their phone or social media?
  • Have open conversations with your child about their internet usage
  • Use parental controls where appropriate and seek guidance from free resources such as thinkuknow.com

 

If you have any more questions, please contact info@oxfordsixthformcollege.com

Also, please read the UK’s government’s advice for educational settings.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

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