COVID-19 Updates

3rd June 2020

RTSFC from September

We are delighted to announce that we are ready to provide all of our students with full time, face-to-face learning hours from September. Please see our recent announcement for full details regarding this. 

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.


Exams & Results Day

You can access the information about Results Day on our Results Day 2020 Page

Information from Ofqual: Information for schools, students and parents on how GCSE, AS, A level, vocational and technical qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2020.

Our social media channels: Twitter  Facebook  Instagram


 

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.


 

Applicants

You should have now received your enrolment appointment for RTSFC. Your appointment will have been scheduled to take place between 21-28 August. We have taken measures to ensure the safety of all visitors on site, by reducing the number of people being enrolled at any one time to adhere to social distancing measures, and will be following a one way system. 

If you have any concerns about your application please do not hesitate to contact us on admissions@richardtaunton.ac.uk. We will continue to keep you in the loop regarding any re-arrangements that we have to make.


 

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
  • 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
  • Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • Follow guidance regarding social distancing and self isolation

 

Looking After Your Well-Being

In these uncertain times it is important to look after your mental health. As well as support from our Welfare Team and Student Services team here at the college, there is a wealth of helpful things you can do to look after yourself. 

 

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.

What to do if you are anxious about coronavirus

Looking after your mental health while self isolating

 

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.


 

Recent communications to current students and parents

Student email – sent 15.06.20
Letter to parents – email sent 03.06.20
Final Year students – email sent 19.05.20 
1st year students – email sent 19.05.20
Letter to parents – email sent 19.05.20 
Letter to parents – email sent 27.4.20
Student and Parent email- sent 08.04.20
Letter to parents – email sent 30.3.20
Student email – email sent 26.03.20
Letter to parents – email sent 20.03.20