Advice and Guidance

November 2020

At WaterBear, we’ve been closely following the advice and guidance set out by the Government in the wake of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. It remains our priority to ensure the safety of all students, staff and visitors to the college.

Our courses have, from the very beginning, been designed to be flexible, enabling students to study their courses whether or not they are able to attend college. We’re very pleased to say that, having recently been put to the utmost test, this flexible learning model has stood up to the challenges of Covid-19 and it’s something we know will serve our students very well through this next phase.

In September, we welcomed new and returning students back to the WaterBear college and we’re very pleased to say that our city-wide campus has remained open for business. We are very happy to see our students on-site and have ensured that precautions are in place to ensure the safety of everyone.

This month, the government has announced another lockdown in England, lasting until December 3rd.  Schools, colleges and universities are exempt from the strict lockdown rules but must continue to ensure precautions are taken to remain Covid-secure. At WaterBear, we are keeping the doors open and the vast majority of classroom delivery is still happening on-site as usual.

It’s very important that all staff, students and visitors follow this guidance, to keep us as safe as possible and keep the college doors open. Some of the recent measures we have put in place include:

  1. Smaller class sizes.A commitment to keeping class sizes smaller has always been and will remain a central component of the WaterBear ethos. This is another reason why we’re still able to keep our doors open. We will continue to manage class sizes to ensure we adhere to social distancing advice.
  2. Learning model.Our curriculum delivery model has been adapted. Onsite degree students have had only a small percentage of activity moved online. We will keep this situation under constant review and return to a full programme of on-site activities as soon as we are able. This approach will mean you’re still able to come to the WaterBear college, meet your friends and get involved in on-site activities, but in a safe and managed way.
  3. Enhanced health and safety precautions.We have adapted our buildings by initiating a raft of additional precautionary measures, to help combat the threat of Covid-19. These include the use of PPE, floor signage, posters, signs, increased cleaning rotas and managed building usage to ensure we can remain as safe and secure as possible. We have also acquired additional space in Brighton for our teaching and learning, meaning there is even more space available for socially-distanced activities.
  4. Ongoing advice and guidance.No one really knows how long the threat of Covid-19 will last, and to what extent. We are keeping up to date with all the latest government advice and guidance which will inform the actions we take and the advice we give.  Our staff and tutors have received training and guidance, which is ongoing.  The headline advice we are currently giving to all students and visitors who attend the WaterBear buildings is as follows:

 

What to expect when onsite at WaterBear and how you can do your bit to help:

  1. Catch it, bin it, kill it!
  2. Wash your hands regularly.
  3. Maintain social distance of MINIMUM1m – avoid all physical contact.
  4. Only come to college buildings for scheduled activity.
  5. Leave campus buildings promptly after scheduled activity.
  6. Help us to keep clean and safe – always follow instructions from tutors and staff.
  7. Bring your own headphones / drumsticks / picks, etc.  Do not share other people’s equipment.
  8. The wearing of face coverings whilst in the college buildings is not mandatory.*

* Everyone is advised to leave the college buildings promptly after scheduled activity and not remain onsite in communal areas.

As has always been the case at WaterBear, we will continue with our blended learning approach, meaning that all lecture content and materials will be available online, whether or not you’re studying an online or on-site course. This provides additional comfort for anyone not able to come to the college in person, for whatever reason, who doesn’t want to miss out or fall behind with their studies.

Rest assured we’ll continue to do all we can to ensure everyone’s safety at WaterBear. None of us know how long this situation will last and when we’ll be able to fully return to normal. Following the advice and ‘doing our bit’ to limit the spread of the virus in the meantime will help keep WaterBear safe and secure for all.

If you have any further questions or would like to chat with us, please drop us a line on info@wbear.io, or call us on 01273 726230.

For up to date advice and guidance on the Coronavirus pandemic, please refer to the NHS (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/) and Government (https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus) websites.