Coronavirus- COVID-19 Update
Online/remote learning information
Learners will not be able to attend lessons or access the college buildings from close of play Thursday 19th March, until further notice. Your tutor will contact you directly with the relevant arrangements for your course to continue your studies online or remotely. During this time, work experience and placements have also been suspended to support employers with their own risk management arrangements. You will be directed to online resources or alternative learning in place of the hours that you were scheduled to be out on work experience.
There are online learning and remote study guides below, along with information about additional support arrangements.
Please keep checking this page for the latest information.
Where a learner’s parents are classed as one of the key workers (as notified by the government yesterday evening), and learners are vulnerable and not independent, they may be given the option to access the e-Learning Centre to continue working. However, where any learners in this group have an underlying health condition we will expect them to self-isolate and not attend College.
Where learners are in receipt of bursaries or free meals, we will contact you separately to confirm the continued arrangements for financial support during this period.
Please note that the BC and ER1 buses will be suspended until after Easter. Whilst the EYMS bus service continues to be available, we recommend all learners to take note of national advice on the use of public transport and check the EYMS update page for the latest advice.
These are unprecedented times and we would like to take this opportunity to reassure learners they will be as fully supported as possible. New learning materials and resources are being constantly created and tutors will support you to continue your studies.
All learners and families are urged to continue to access and follow the relevant online advice and guidance from Public Health England.
We are communicating to all our stakeholders within the communities that we serve via our usual social media channels and College website.
We are also contacting local news media organisations to ensure that everyone is as aware as possible of our current plans.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this period of uncertainty. Please check the website regularly for further updates and guidance.
23 March 2020 – UPDATED INFORMATION
The College has been made aware that a member of the college leadership team has had contact with what is now a confirmed Coronavirus case. The member of staff is now displaying symptoms and is self-isolating. The College have informed colleagues who have been in direct contact with the member of staff and instructed them to self-isolate, following government guidelines.
Based on advice from the relevant authorities, the College campuses will close at 5:00pm this evening (23/3/20) for the next 14 days.
The College campuses are already closed to the majority of students and those classified as vulnerable who we were expecting to come into College from tomorrow will be contacted to be advised of the full closure. During this closure period all college sites will be deep cleaned in line with Public Health England guidelines.
Please keep checking this page for the most up to date information on the College’s position.
Mike Welsh, Principal and Chief Executive said, “Most staff will be able to carry on working remotely as planned, to support students to continue their studies.”
19 March 2020 – UPDATED INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS AND PARENTS/CARERS
In light of the government announcements yesterday, latest national advice, and taking account of increasing learner and staff absences, we have taken the decision to move into a phase of online/remote learning for all learners from Tuesday 24 March. All learners and apprentices are asked not to attend College after today (Thursday). This will allow tutors two days (Friday 20th and Monday 23rd) to prepare relevant resources and make these available to their learners from Tuesday. We are initially planning for the online/remote learning phase to be in place until the Easter break and this will be reviewed in line with the latest national advice, and our current staffing levels, before we start the summer term. During this period, your tutor will direct you to online resources or alternative learning arrangements to allow your studies to continue.