At present, we have had no confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Following this evening’s announcement from the Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE, in addition to the changes put in place yesterday, we have decided to implement further measures to ensure the safety and well-being of students and staff:
- From Monday 23rd March ALL lessons across ALL provisions, Full Time, Higher Education, Part Time and Apprenticeships including English and Maths will be delivered online.
- All learning materials will be updated onto our Virtual Learning Environment (oracle) site. Students are to follow their usual timetable. Tutors will contact students to inform distance learning arrangements.
- We will do everything we can to support our students to achieve their qualifications via online learning. We have already been told that summer series exams will not run in their current form, but we do not yet know how the assessment of all qualifications will be mitigated. We will inform you when we know more. The majority of our students are assessed by assignment and we can continue to support their learning.
- The announcement of closure exempts provision of services for the children of key workers and those with EHCP’s, Looked After Children and those in receipt of Free School Meals. With this in mind, at this stage, all three of the College campuses will remain open, but operational hours will be reduced to 08.30 to 17.00.
- For students entitled to free college meals, we are looking at ways of still providing access even if they are not in College and these students will be contacted to confirm arrangements.
All students are reminded to access their college email account for further information and updates. If unable to do so, please email email@example.com for assistance.
This is a rapidly changing situation and we respect the decisions that parents may be making for themselves and their families, particularly if there are other vulnerabilities in the family home and beyond.
At this point, the Government advice is, If your child has a new continuous cough and/or high temperature (37.8 degrees or higher) they should stay at home for 7 days or if you have a family member in the home that has self-isolated, your child should self-isolate for 14 days.
If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms and is self-isolating, please contact the College attendance line on 01329 815200 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where possible teaching and learning activity will not be disrupted.