Coronavirus

Bucks UTC / Coronavirus

Last reviewed: 20th May 2022

We have put together a detailed plan to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff remains paramount. There are measures in place to protect people from COVID-19. If you need any help, please contact us.

  Feeling Unwell

There’s no longer a legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. However, if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, the advice is to avoid contact with others until you feel better.

  Vaccinations

All young people aged 16 and 17 years have now been offered 3 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine 12 weeks apart. Children and young people aged 12 to 17 years who are at increased risk from infection, or who are living with someone who is immunosuppressed, have also been offered additional doses of the vaccine.

And now all children aged 12 to 15 years are being offered 2 doses of vaccine as part of the school-based COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Further information on the coronavirus booster vaccination and booking a vaccination can be found on NHS.UK. An information leaflet on what to expect after vaccination is available to download or order

Attendance

To ensure that the UTC is a safe place for learning, we all need to do our part. With the ongoing risk of COVID-19 and increased infection transmission rates, behaviour around the UTC needs to be exceptional. On top of the rules around social distancing and movement around the UTC we ask that all students be mindful of the behaviours they are exhibiting in the classroom. We are going to require your cooperation to navigate these uncertain times together. This means that all students need to think of the impact they are having on their own learning and the learning of others at all times in the classroom and around the building.

The processes that have been put in place in the Autumn term to ensure we mitigate the COVID-19 risk as best as possible remain. This includes a tightening of existing behavioural rules to ensure minimisation of disruption whilst concurrently considering risk factors relevant to the transmission of coronavirus.

To help encourage studentsto follow the rules, we will continue to apply success points where appropriate. Our policies set clear, reasonable and proportionate expectations of student behaviour. However, if students fail to follow these rules, we will:

  • For any noncompliance with the rules and procedures as set out in the Behaviour for Learning Policy and the Behaviour for Learning and Safety Addendum a zero-tolerance approach will be taken and considered as serious misconduct (see full policy).
  • The health and safety of our students and staff is our paramount concern.

The normal Success (S) / Consequence (C) point policy will apply to behaviour in the UTC. There will be a slight change to the process regarding the issue of C points (namely around the issuing of a C3 and, subsequently, a C4).

Issuing of a C3

Besides gentle reminders, students are given two opportunities to correct their poor learning behaviours through the issuing of a C1 and a C2. If the behaviour has not been corrected then the student in question will be asked to wait outside the classroom for a brief chat and a final warning to correct the behaviour. Students must wait directly outside the classroom if they are asked to leave the classroom. They must remain within 2 metres of the classroom. At no point are students permitted to go to another classroom or anywhere else in the UTC unless directed to do so by a member of staff.

Issuing of a C4

If a student fails to heed the final warning issued outside the classroom (through the issuing of a C3) and continues to display poor learning behaviours they will be asked to wait outside the classroom and issued a C4. Again, students must remain within 2 metres of the classroom whilst the teacher issues them with a C4 slip and makes the appropriate contact with reception. Students are to remain waiting outside the classroom until they are collected by a member of staff who will take them to separate room to complete a restorative form to be used for a conversation later with the teacher. Please note that if students breach any of the Health and Safety guidelines when they are being issued a C4, particularly around social distancing and the spread of Covid-19, then parents may be called to collect students immediately as per the Behaviour for Learning and Safety Policy Addendum.

Implementation of rules and procedures

These rules and procedures are in place to ensure that everyone can remain safe at the UTC. We would like to stress that if students remain cooperative at all times and give deliberate consideration to the impact they are having on everyone in challenging times then we can get through this together. Whilst we do not want to have to enact these procedures, they are there for your safety. So that these procedures never have to be enacted, please do the right thing at all times

Behaviour

To ensure that the UTC is a safe place for learning, we all need to do our part. With the ongoing risk of COVID-19 and increased infection transmission rates, behaviour around the UTC needs to be exceptional. On top of the rules around social distancing and movement around the UTC we ask that all students be mindful of the behaviours they are exhibiting in the classroom. We are going to require your cooperation to navigate these uncertain times together. This means that all students need to think of the impact they are having on their own learning and the learning of others at all times in the classroom and around the building.

The processes that have been put in place in the Autumn term to ensure we mitigate the COVID-19 risk as best as possible remain. This includes a tightening of existing behavioural rules to ensure minimisation of disruption whilst concurrently considering risk factors relevant to the transmission of coronavirus.

To help encourage studentsto follow the rules, we will continue to apply success points where appropriate. Our policies set clear, reasonable and proportionate expectations of student behaviour. However, if students fail to follow these rules, we will:

  • For any noncompliance with the rules and procedures as set out in the Behaviour for Learning Policy and the Behaviour for Learning and Safety Addendum a zero-tolerance approach will be taken and considered as serious misconduct (see full policy).
  • The health and safety of our students and staff is our paramount concern.

The normal Success (S) / Consequence (C) point policy will apply to behaviour in the UTC. There will be a slight change to the process regarding the issue of C points (namely around the issuing of a C3 and, subsequently, a C4).

Issuing of a C3

Besides gentle reminders, students are given two opportunities to correct their poor learning behaviours through the issuing of a C1 and a C2. If the behaviour has not been corrected then the student in question will be asked to wait outside the classroom for a brief chat and a final warning to correct the behaviour. Students must wait directly outside the classroom if they are asked to leave the classroom. They must remain within 2 metres of the classroom. At no point are students permitted to go to another classroom or anywhere else in the UTC unless directed to do so by a member of staff.

Issuing of a C4

If a student fails to heed the final warning issued outside the classroom (through the issuing of a C3) and continues to display poor learning behaviours they will be asked to wait outside the classroom and issued a C4. Again, students must remain within 2 metres of the classroom whilst the teacher issues them with a C4 slip and makes the appropriate contact with reception. Students are to remain waiting outside the classroom until they are collected by a member of staff who will take them to separate room to complete a restorative form to be used for a conversation later with the teacher. Please note that if students breach any of the Health and Safety guidelines when they are being issued a C4, particularly around social distancing and the spread of Covid-19, then parents may be called to collect students immediately as per the Behaviour for Learning and Safety Policy Addendum.

Implementation of rules and procedures

These rules and procedures are in place to ensure that everyone can remain safe at the UTC. We would like to stress that if students remain cooperative at all times and give deliberate consideration to the impact they are having on everyone in challenging times then we can get through this together. Whilst we do not want to have to enact these procedures, they are there for your safety. So that these procedures never have to be enacted, please do the right thing at all times