Now we are again in national lockdown, I wanted to update on how Orpheus is responding. 

We are planning to commence coronavirus testing of students and staff shortly, perhaps as soon as the week of 4 January, once we have completed setting up our testing site and training staff. 

So that we are able to obtain informed consent and implement effective testing procedures, we will follow a changed schedule that gives us the best chance to deliver safe and effective services.   

  1. Clinically extremely vulnerable [CEV] students are to shield at home until further notice. 
  2. All other students to return to Orpheus on 18th January 2021   

Please see links to our Medical Consent Forms and Privacy Notices for Covid-19 Testing. 

Our remote learning is now in action and the wellbeing of the students and our workforce of staff and volunteers is uppermost in my mind as we strive to continue providing high quality learning and care.  

On site we are all continuing with additional cleaning, hand hygiene, use of face coverings, hand/face/space activities, ventilation of rooms, using PPE where required and minimising our contacts. Every person is working as hard as possible to minimise disruption, but the circumstances are extremely challenging.  

We remained open through the national lockdown last March providing remote learning for offsite students and supported our onsite students to continue their education in the safest way.  

This time the risks are higher with the increased rates of transmission of the new variant. We are entering this lockdown with more knowledge and experience and less innocence than we perhaps had last March. I thank you once again for your patience, understanding and support as we work through this time.  

  

Dr Rachel Black, Chief Executive 

You can read The Orpheus Centre's Covid-19 Testing Consent Form here.

You can read The Orpheus Centre's Easy Read Covid-19 Consent Form here.

You can read The Orpheus Centre's Covid-19 Data Protection FAQs here.

You can read The Orpheus Centre's Covid-19 Privacy Notice here.

You can read The Orpheus Centre's Easy Read Covid-19 Testing Privacy Notice here.

You can Read The Orpheus Centre's Easy Read Coronavirus Test Information here.

You can read The Orpheus Centre's Coronavirus Policy and Risk Assessment here.  

For further information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

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