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Covid Update

On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Updated guidance advises:

  • Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and no longer have a high temperature.
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can return to college when they no longer have a high temperature, and are well enough to attend.
  • Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days.

For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

  • Regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Therefore, we will no longer be able to order test kits .

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IT Support
Options

In this current situation it is really important that all students’ can access and engage with learning and communicate and collaborate digitally outside of College. The most important thing students will need to do is access Microsoft Teams and Office 365, and be able to engage in virtual learning through the use a camera and microphone. Additionally, whilst it is not mandatory, many courses are now encouraging students to bring portable devices into College to use in their lessons. This is a fantastic way of helping learners to prepare for the world of work as many jobs now involve using portable computers.

Support Options Summary

As we realise that not every student has a portable device, and the College is not in a position to provide computers to students, we have put a number of support options in place to assist students in gaining the digital access required to allow them to fully engage with their learning.

These are as follows:

  • While you are a student at SGS you have access to a free copy of Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint etc.).
  • We are offering additional timeslots in our Learning Resources Centres to accommodate those who need more access to digital resources on campus.
  • Dell offer – details to follow soon

For full details on each scheme please see below:

Free Access to a Copy of Microsoft Office Applications

This is a great freebie and everyone should take advantage of this!

To get your free copy log in to Office 365 on your computer and select “Office apps” from “My Account”.

Additional Timeslots in the Learning and Resource Centres

Please be aware that you will need to book your required timeslots.

More information will be shared once your programme begins.

Dell Summer Sale – Ends 28/06/21

Students can save up to 16% off PC’s under £699 and 20% off over £700, with Dell’s student discount programme (T&C’s Apply).

To check out offer click here and use codes: DASSUMMER16 or DASSUMMER20.

Covid Update