Herefordshire colleges will be welcoming students back from Monday 8 March
Students across the country return to college on 8 March. And although vaccinating the population is progressing at pace, Covid-19 is still circulating within our community. So, play your part to keep yourself and others safe from the virus. Think: ‘Hands, Face, Space’.
Hereford College of Arts, Herefordshire, Ludlow and North Shropshire College and Hereford Sixth Form College have collaborated to highlight how to stay safe during the pandemic, while putting students’ education first.
Several measures have been introduced to keep students safe, such as compulsory face coverings, sanitising stations, one-way systems, social distancing and regular Covid-19 testing.
Furthermore, artwork by students of Hereford College of Arts has featured in Herefordshire Council’s advertising campaign to spread the word and keep Herefordshire safe, by following the government’s ‘Hands, Face, Space’ messaging.
Acting director of Public Health in Herefordshire Dr Rebecca Howell-Jones says:
“It’s important to remember the virus is still out there in our communities. And while the vaccination programme is being rolled out across the country, every social contact is an opportunity for Covid-19 to spread.
“Students are still at risk of taking the virus home, so it’s vital every individual plays their part and stays safe, by following the Covid guidance in place.
“To date, Herefordshire students, teachers, residents and businesses have done a brilliant job of following the national Covid advice, which has helped keep our case numbers low compared to other areas of the country.
“By washing our hands, wearing a face covering and keeping a safe distance from others, we can limit spreading the virus even further, while we’re waiting for the full vaccination programme to be rolled out.”
Abigail Appleton, Principal of Hereford College of Arts says:
“We’re proud of how our students have responded to the demands of Covid and adapted to home learning.
“Their involvement in promoting ‘Hands, Face, Space’ through their artwork has been fantastic.
“It’s been a long time, but we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back and we have many procedures in place, so we can prioritise the safety of the community and students’ education.”
David Williams, Principal and Chief Executive of Herefordshire, Ludlow and North Shropshire College says:
“The College is delighted to be involved in the Play Your Part project. Keeping our students, and their families and friends safe is of the utmost importance and every one of us has an important role to play in fighting Covid-19.
“The last 12 months have been challenging, but we have numerous procedures in place to welcome our students back into a safe environment, where they can focus on their education.”
Peter Cooper, Principal of Hereford Sixth Form says:
“We’re proud to have worked with Herefordshire Council to promote the Play Your Part messaging throughout the local community.
“Home learning has been a challenge for staff and students, but we’ve recognised the importance of this new way of working because the safety of our students, staff and their families is crucial.
“We’re excited to welcome our students back soon. Staff, students and their families can be assured by the Covid precautions we have in place for all to come back to college and learn safely.”
For more information on ways to Play Your Part, visit: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/playourpart.