Parent and Carer Frequently Asked Questions
What are the main symptoms of Coronavirus?
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.
What should a student do if they have any Covid-19 symptoms?
Students who have symptoms of a respiratory infection and a high temperature, or who feel unwell, are strongly advised to stay at home and avoid contact with others.
They must report in sick by contacting the Programme Administrator for their curriculum area. Students should only return to college once they feel well enough to return to normal activities and no longer have a high temperature.
It is the curriculum department’s responsibility to ensure any learner who is self-isolating is engaging in online learning and tutoring to ensure they do not fall behind. If you feel this is not happening sufficiently please contact the department PA or course tutor. You can phone main reception on 01270 625131 who can direct you if you do not have direct contact details.
What safeguarding measures are in place at Reaseheath?
As a college we follow the government’s Keeping Children Safe in Education (2020) guidelines. Reaseheath College has a highly experienced and dedicated college safeguarding team who are committed to keeping our students safe, both on campus and in all aspects of their study and life linked to college, including online.
Safeguarding students is our number one priority and there are a few basics that every learner can do to help keep themselves and others safe on campus:
- Always wear their ID badge and the correct lanyard – this helps to easily identify who should and shouldn’t be on campus
- Listen carefully to the course induction safeguarding briefing as this explains key information about the college safeguarding rules and processes that keep everyone safe
- Report any concerns about their safety or the safety of another, no matter how small it may seem, to their course manager, a member of the college safeguarding team or any member of staff (i.e. those wearing a grey lanyard). Safeguarding concerns such as bullying can be reported, or suggestions or compliments can be given using the ‘SEE IT SAY IT’ form that that you can find here
We work with our students via our Be Ready programme (see below) to guide them in how to stay safe online, for example with strangers via social media and gaming platforms and the potential for financial or sexual exploitation online. We aim to equip our students with the knowledge and tools to empower them to stay safe, and we encourage them to report any concerns about themselves or a fellow student to their tutor or a member of the college safeguarding team.
If you as a parent or carer have any concerns about your son or daughter then please contact their tutor or the college’s wellbeing team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be more than happy to work with you.
What will my son or daughter cover in their BeReady tutorial programme?
To support our students prepare for life and work, we have the Reaseheath College BeReady programme which students study alongside their vocational programme. There are six aspects to the programme:
- BeAware – supports the safeguarding of our students
- BeWell – develops and supports the holistic wellbeing of our students
- BeInvolved – encourages students to engage in college and community projects
- BeEmployable – supports students with preparation for work placements, careers and progression to further study
- BeEco – develops knowledge about and support for sustainable living
- BeDigital – supports students to develop their IT and digital skills for study and work
Further information about this important aspect of studying at Reaseheath can be found on the BeReady page here.
How do I monitor my child’s progress at college?
We set individual learning and development targets for each of our students, which we record and track using a system called ProMonitor. All students have full access to their own ProMonitor account and if you would like to review their study progress, then feel free to ask your son or daughter to show you the details of their progress against target on ProMonitor.
What PPE will my son or daughter need for their course?
Students will be made aware by their course manager of the PPE that they need for their course. It is vital that students adhere to these requirements as PPE is the kit that will help to keep them safe from injury or harm during practical learning sessions.
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
Our college SEND support team have advised us that, in addition to the support that we provide to students in college, local authorities are now offering some particularly good support materials for young people on their websites. For example, the Cheshire East Live Well site can be viewed here: https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/livewell/livewell.aspx
If you think this may be of interest or use to your son or daughter, we advise that you check out your local authority’s website for further details.