Update 19th July 2021
Individuals will not need to stay 2 metres apart from people they do not live with. There will also be no limits on the number of people that can meet.
However, in order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, individuals should limit the close contact they have with those they do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
In September 2021, learner numbers in each classroom will remain broadly similar to numbers in 2020-21. Depending on the size of the classroom, this is usually between 10 and 14 learners in each group.
Masks and Face Coverings
The requirement to wear face coverings in law will be lifted on 19/07/21. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
Students are not required to wear face coverings in colleges, when in classrooms or communal areas but
- Members of staff or students who would like to continue wearing a face covering are ok to do so. Please continue to discuss and agree as a group in a democratic way.
- All other protective measures, such as ventilation and social distancing where possible, will remain in place. Regular rapid testing is available at the Civic centre and/or self tests (ask at the reception desk). Rapid testing is very important so that efforts continue to find and isolate asymptomatic cases when they do occur.
Centre risks assessments will be reviewed for September 2021. These are carried out in full compliance with Covid secure Health and Safety measures and under the supervision of the Emergency Planning Team from London Borough of Bromley
Hygiene measures remain in place in September 2021
Rooms are sanitised between lessons
Each classroom has been provided with wipes and antibacterial spray
Gel sanitisers are widely available at multiple points throughout the centres
Hand washing facilities are available at additional points other than gents’ or ladies’ toilets.
- face coverings will be available free of charge (receptions)
Easy Read guide to changes in England
Home testing kits for students and staff
You are able to collect a box of seven home testing kits from the Reception desk at both the Kentwood and Poverest Centres.
More information and Register your Results.
The Civic Centre Rapid Test centre – testing for Covid-19 if you do not have symptoms
The council has set up a rapid testing sites one at Bromley Civic Centre that uses lateral flow testing for those who do not have symptoms. One in three who test positive do not exhibit any symptoms.
Regular lateral flow testing in Bromley is for over 18s and is primarily intended for those who come into contact with people outside their own household or bubble as part of their everyday circumstances. This regular testing aims to identify those with the virus but no symptoms so that they can self-isolate. This aims to prevent further spread of the virus by people who would otherwise not know they are passing it on because they do not feel unwell.
You can call Rapid Testing Hotline No 020 8461 7799 if you cannot access the online system.
Vaccination information for speakers of other languages
Public Health England has published information on the UK vaccination programme in community languages. You can download the resources here
Translated leaflets for parents are available on this link.
Covid-19 Vaccination Scam Alert
Be aware of fraudulent text messages or emails offering a Covid-19 vaccination – See our Scam Awareness page for further information.
Bromley Well Mental Health and Wellbeing service has published a useful guide with the latest information on Coronavirus in Bromley, including an update on the vaccination programme from NHS Sout East London Clinical Commissioning Group, a summary of available services to support you in these difficult times and emergency help. You can download the guide here
NHS Test and Trace
Further coronavirus information
We are working closely with our colleagues at Bromley council to ensure that our learners have access to the latest local and national information.
Bromley council information
Updated advice from the UK Government regarding Coronavirus
The UK Government response page has been updated so that most information can be accessed from one place. Please use this link for all the very latest updates from the Government.
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
The Department of Education have launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Where to find the latest information
Public Health England