COVID-19

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covid related updates.

As you are aware, the situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) changes on a regular basis. Richard Taunton will continue to monitor the local and national context very carefully and follow Public Health England and the Government’s advice.

Any updates regarding how this affects the college, our students, visitors  and any community users will be made here on the website. Parents and students will also be emailed directly.

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Exams

This year, students were able to choose between their Centre Assessed Grades and previous Mock Grades. If students are unhappy with one of their grades, they can sit an exam this Autumn, for details about how to do this please contact exams@richardtaunton.ac.uk 


College Events and Community Lettings

The college will continue to provide updates regarding any college-run events that are postponed and/or cancelled via our college calendar. Community users are asked to contact their club/society/workshop leaders to check specific details regarding any cancellations and payments. Any bookings will be made in line with current government guidance.

Details about Open Evenings can be found via our calendar. For our Autumn events you will need to book a slot in advance, and there will be Covid safe measures in placve.


How you can help stop the spread of the virus

Guidance from the NHS on how to stop yourself contracting COVID-19 and spreading it to others can be found here.

Self isolation and social distancing
  • Information from Public Health England regarding the current advice for self isolation can be found here.
  • The guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults can be found here
Keeping yourself and the college community healthy and safe

If you are a student, staff member or visitor you should:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water more regularly – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Wear a face covering in all communal settings
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Follow the one way system
  • 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
  • Do not come into college if you feel unwell with covid symptoms

ACCESSING SUPPORT

If you are anxious about Coronavirus, or if social distancing and self-isolation is affecting your health and well being, it can sometimes help to talk it through with someone. You can contact our student welfare officers on studentservices@richardtaunton.ac.uk, or you can access support from some of the following charities:

Samaritans

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/

Childline

https://www.childline.org.uk/

No Limits

https://nolimitshelp.org.uk/

Young Minds

Young Minds have a wealth of advice and guidance about looking after your mental health, and some specific ones about how to cope during self isolation. Take a look at the following blog posts.

Think Ninja App

ThinkNinja –  a free App to support children and young people with their mental health and emotional wellbeing in this time of uncertainty.

The Coronavirus pandemic brings with it a significant amount of uncertainty and is therefore likely to impact on children and young people in terms of their emotional wellbeing. Children and young people may be feeling more stressed, anxious, worried and low as they absorb and react to the evolving Coronavirus situation.

The Think Ninja App is available for all young people in Southampton who are aged from 11 – 17. Think Ninja is free and available to provide mental health and emotional wellbeing support in this time of uncertainty.

Think Ninja can help young people in the following ways:

  • Keeping calm when stress levels rise, by accessing the Skill Zone for breathing and distraction exercises
  • Helping to address unhelpful thoughts related to Coronavirus in the CBT skills section and My Challenges section
  • Boosting their mood with various PowerUps
  • Connecting via text chat with a ‘live’ Healios mental health professional, if required, all within the App.

It is important to highlight that Think Ninja offers support only and should not be used as a replacement intervention for mental health input from NHS CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) or counselling services.

The App can be downloaded for free on all Android and Apple IOS smartphones and tablets through the App stores. Unfortunately Think Ninja is not available on laptops or PC’s as yet.  Once downloaded you will be asked to enter your postcode, and Think Ninja has already been populated with all Southampton postcodes.

For guidance and helpful materials on communicating with young people, for parents, health professionals and educators, and more information about how the Think Ninja app can support, visit https://www.healios.org.uk/think-ninja-assets.