Covid-19 Update at Thurrock Adult Community College


Adult learning classes are being delivered using either online or blended learning with some learners back onsite. Please do not come onsite if you have symptoms - only leave home to get tested. The building remains closed to the general public at this time with access restricted to individual classes.

Get tested if your course is coming back onsite or you are attending an exam.

Everyone can get tested twice a week with a rapid lateral flow test (LFD) even if you don't have symptoms of Covid-19 and you haven't been contacted by NHS Test and Trace. One in three people with Covid-19 do not experience any symptoms and regular testing can help to stop people spreading the virus unwittingly. If you test positive from an LFD test, you should then get a confirmatory PCR test, that will be sent to a lab to check whether toy have Covid-19.

Pharmacy collect scheme - pick-up your LFD test kits:
https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/

Walk through sites to pickup your LFD test kits:
https://find-covid-19-rapid-test-sites.maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/

Order LFD test kits to be delivered by post:
https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

Full details on getting tested in Thurrock (with or without symptoms):
https://thurrock.gov.uk/…us-covid-19/getting-test

Visiting and learning safely

  • All those who work or study in a Thurrock college or school are advised to get a test before returning to class and regular testing thereafter. Find your nearest drop-in centre or pickup site for test kits under the section for people who do not have symptoms from Thurrock Council's webpage
  • Face coverings should be worn in classrooms. We ask that you bring your own face mask or visor and put on before entering the building and keep on whilst you are in any of the public areas of the building including corridors, toilets and classrooms.
  • If we receive confirmation of a positive test result from a member of our school community, all close contacts will be sent home immediately and told to isolate for 10 days and Public Health England will be informed
  • The college will reopen only for those staff and learners returning to classes onsite and required to provide essential services. We remain closed to the general public.
  • Please note that opening hours may vary from week to week. Email info@tacc.ac.uk for details before.

You will see signs around the college that remind you to:

  • Stay at home if you or a family member is showing symptoms or have tested positive for Covid-19. You should only go out to get tested.
  • Follow social distancing rules – keep the recommended 2 metres from others
  • Sanitise your hands, on arrival before using the toilets,
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth, unless you are unable to
  • Respect those who may be unable wear a face covering due to an underlying health condition
  • Go straight to your classroom after sanitising your hands
  • Use disinfectant sprays provided to clean your desk and dispose of wipes in bin
  • Bring and use your own pen and materials in class, if you can
  • Wipe down any IT equipment before and after use
  • Keep your bags and coats close to you, on your own desk
  • Stay in your class ‘bubble’ to limit contact with others
  • Follow tutor’s instructions for staggered dismissal when leaving class
  • Stay alert to risk of infection and the symptoms of Coronavirus
  • Tell your tutor immediately if you start to feel unwell.
  • Get tested regularly - read the 'How to get tested' link on Thurrock Council's page

What to do if you test positive for Covid-19

  • If you test positive during your course (and your course is onsite at the college), please email info@tacc.ac.uk or call us on 01375 372476 advising when you were last in class, when your symptoms started and the date you tested positive. Stay home and only go out to get tested.

Getting in touch

  • Need to contact the college? We recommend you email info@tacc.ac.uk or leave a message on our web chat box as phone lines are very busy. We may need to contact others who are working remotely.
  • Registered your interest for an assessment or have an assessment booked? You will receive a phone call from the college to discuss the next step. English and most of our ESOL and Maths courses are now full (limited availability on evening Entry 2/3). We have some Maths courses in mid-May where you can boost your skills as well as many short Level 1 qualifications - get ready to start a higher level course from September!
  • Need to enrol or provide paperwork? You can enrol online, from a digital enrolment form or over the phone. There are currently no onsite appointments. Existing learners can email us at info@tacc.ac.uk to enrol on enrichment or free online workshops.
  • Need to provide evidence for fee remissions or free courses for low wage earners? Upload your evidence to the digital DLSF or Self-Declaration form. If you are having difficulties, email to info@tacc.ac.uk
  • Will my class be online or onsite? Our adult education and training classes are delivered using a blended learning model with a mix of onsite and online learning. Please speak to your tutor about your individual class.
  • Need to pay? We are now taking card payments only and you can provide your details over the phone including for instalment plan payments. We offer a 10% discount for courses paid in full at the time of enrolment.
  • Certificate collections: Paper certificates are not being issued at present. When e-certificates are received, the Exams Office will forward straight onto learners. Please ensure we have your correct email address on the system. If you have not received your certificate, it is because we have not yet received it from the examining board.
  • Learner Guidance and Support, email learningsupport@tacc.ac.uk
  • Mental Health First Aider for learners, email learningsupport@tacc.ac.uk

Is the Preschool open?

Our Preschool is open, term-time only with access via the side gate. Need a place for your child? Please call 01375 485868 or email preschool@tacc.ac.uk. Visit the www.tacc.ac.uk/preschool page for more details.

Operational changes

Our mission is to provide adult education and make a positive difference to local people and their communities. The current Coronavirus situation is an anxious time for everyone. The health, safety and wellbeing of our learners and staff is essential at this time.  As a College we have continue to deliver free online workshops and courses for the local community and have a blended learning approach on a full range of qualification and skills courses, with our College staff equipped to work and teach remotely as well as onsite, following safety guidelines to help adults retrain.

We thank you for your patience and understanding while we follow Government guidelines. With restricted capacity onsite, we do recommend that you email any enquiry to info@tacc.ac.uk as you will receive a faster reply, during normal operating hours, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 3.30pm

What to Expect

  • Enrolled learners only onsite until further notice. No general public access.
  • Payments for courses will be taken by card only
  • Increased cleaning regimes, especially in toilets and communal areas
  • Protective screens at the front and side reception desk
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers on reception and outside toilet blocks.
  • Access to the Preschool through the dedicated side gate only.

Where can I find more Government and health information?

Residents, businesses and visitors in Thurrock should follow government information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance on what to do if you think you are at risk. For more details, please go to Thurrock Council's website for links to the latest government and health agency information and advice.

Adult learning and training courses 2021 now enrolling
We are still delivering a wide range of online or blended learning courses including short qualification courses, including free Digital Skills and Employability Level 1 classes for adults. There are also a large number of free courses and webinars to plan for your future - search 'Careers' or the latest availability and book from the Find A Course page.