Returning to College and Feeling Safe 15/03/21

Rosedale College students have spent months learning remotely, however this week, students started the staggered return back to college, where they have found several safety measures that have been implemented to include mandatory face coverings in classrooms and rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) tests upon arrival.

During the first two weeks, our students who have consented will take quick-result COVID-19 tests in order to identify asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19.

At college, we have executed a testing station on site, manned by trained staff who will direct students every step of the way. We have included all safety measures to ensure a protected and secure environment for all our community.

For many of our students, returning to college may be an added source of anxiety in already uncertain times. There are many reasons why returning to college may feel difficult right now and young people may experience a range of emotions including anxiety, worry, sadness, irritability and fear! We are, however, pleased to announce that after the first couple of days, our students are coping well with the tests, and after the initial dubious feeling, they soon realised that it was all very quick, easy and unpretentious.

After the initial programme of three tests in college, students will be provided with two rapid tests to use each week at home. There will be more information on this is due course.

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