Testing at college in the New Year and the staggered start to term for some students

18 December, 2020

Over the past week there have been a couple of announcements that have been made relating to the return to college after the Christmas break. We just wanted to take a moment to give you an update around what this will mean for students at Activate Learning.

Testing at colleges and schools

Earlier this week (15 December), the Government announced that schools and colleges would have access to rapid COVID-19 testing kits from the start of the new term in January.

The aim is to reduce disruption to everyone’s education through unnecessary self-isolation and enforced time out of college, and prevent people coming onto campus who might be carrying the virus and not yet know.

We are still looking at the plans for this and will have a clearer picture of what this will mean for our students in the New Year. However, at this point we just wanted to reassure everyone that we are aware and working on things and that for the time being there isn’t more we can say.

Once our plans are in place, we will of course update you all.

Staggered return to college after Christmas

Another announcement made this week by the Government was that there would be a staggered return to college for some students.

This will only affect relatively small number of students across our Activate Learning colleges and therefore we will be expecting most students to resume their lessons in college from 5 January.

Those students who are being asked to start the new term online will be contacted separately by their tutors to make alternative arrangements.

We felt it was important to inform you of what was happening as soon we had time to consider these announcements, as we recognised they will inevitably raise questions for you as you go into the Christmas break.

Once again, we want to wish everyone a restful and safe Christmas holiday and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Take care,

Activate Learning