CANTO Learning Ltd Covid-19 Statement

As CANTO Learning has re-opened to all staff and students in September 2020 it continues to adapt to the challenge of Covid 19.  We strive to ensure our college is a safe place for both staff and students as they work or continue their education and training with us.   

Whilst the college has put measures in place to minimise risk to staff, students and visitors it is the responsibility of all who access the building to endeavour to abide by the social distancing measures in place.

The building has numerous signs within in it to encourage social distancing both within corridors and rooms, social distancing is supported in rooms through the use of desktop screens.  The college has been divided into 3 bubbles with areas and rooms identified for use by bubble group.  The building is cleaned on a regular basis and hand sanitiser is in numerous locations.  All staff, students and visitors have their temperature checked on entering the building.  Staff wear masks unless due to personal circumstance and masks are available for students should they need one.  Movement around the college has been limited as students remain in their designated rooms for breaks. Each staff member accesses a breakout area which is only used but staff within their bubble. Should the need arise an area has been identified for use should a staff member or student display symptoms of Covid 19.

December 2020 - To support our drive to make CANTO Learning as safe environment as possible for all who access it the SLT has taken the decision to extend our Christmas break in view of the anticipated Christmas bubbles.  This extension of the college closure will enable all of those students and staff who attend CANTO to be able to join the extended Christmas bubbles but then return to their own reduced bubble group on the 28th December.  Following this return to smaller bubble groups all we have at least a ten day period before returning to CANTO, we anticipate that this will enable us to reduce risk when all return in January.

January 2021 - CANTO continues to work hard to reduce the risk posed by COVID 19 and as such has carried out a review of its procedures during the current pandemic.  Due to the reduced presence of students and staff within the building due to shielding, CANTO has been able to further reduced the size of groups staff and students mix in. As much as is possible entrance and exit through our main reception is  greatly reduced with where possible students and staff entering the building via external doors into their room, in addition some staff are working reduced hours within hours to provide a greater variety of arrival and departure times.  Toilets have been re-designated from bubbles to group use.  The decision has also been taken to at this time stop hot meals, all those who receive free school meals will receive a packed lunch to further reduce contact with others, access to the tuck shop has also been put on hold at this time.  In addition to limit contact between all the college has decided to shorten its week.  The college will now only be open to students on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until at least February Half-Term 2021. 

March 2021 - Due to the improving national situation CANTO Learning has taken the decision to re-open its provision for 5 days a week.  CANTO continues to work hard to reduce risk and all procedures remain in place.

April 2021 - CANTO Learning has seen the return of several students who have been shielding since the start of January 2021.  Although this has increased group sizes slightly we remain in small groups with all procedures in place to safeguard both students and staff.  It is not anticipated currently that there will be any relaxing of current procedures until at least Summer 2021.

Information for Parents/Carers/Students re  Covid-19

As has been seen from the increase in cases around the UK over recent weeks it is clear that it is essential that we all work hard to ensure that CANTO Learning remains as safe an environment as possible for students and staff. 

As an organisation we of course place the highest importance on the welfare of staff and students and in view of this would ask for your support with the following.

Please do not send your young person to College if they are unwell or showing any symptoms related to Covid 19, these are; a continuous cough, high temperature or sudden loss of taste or smell.

If your young person develops symptoms of Covid-19 they must not attend college but remain at home for a 14 day period from the date their symptoms appear.  Should you wish to arrange a test this can be done via        

 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

Further guidance can be found here should you suspect that someone in your household my have Covid-19 symptoms.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Should in the future government guidance change and a national or local lockdown come into effect we will of course as in the months prior to the summer endeavour to support the students learning with learning packs.

We thankyou in anticipation of your support with this.

Keep Safe.

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