The College will be closed on this day and students are expected to work from home.
Due to the current public health situation relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the College is putting in place contingency plans to ensure that students are able to continue their programmes of study should the government guidance change. In order to prepare for this, we will be carrying out a whole college Remote Working Day on Friday 20th March.
This is happening so that the College can fully test the systems and processes that support students and staff to work from home.
The government has not advised schools or colleges to close amid the Coronavirus outbreak. However, it is our responsibility to start planning for a time when this situation might change, we are taking these measures to protect students’ ongoing learning in whatever situation we are presented with.
By carrying out this trial, the College will be in a much stronger position to continue teaching should the government instruct us to close. Therefore the College will be fully-closed to all staff and students on Friday 20th March. Students should make appropriate arrangements for the day to work online and not come into college. Tutors will outline a plan with the students and work will be available via Google Classroom online where a lesson would normally take place. Attendance will be recorded when you join your Google lesson and submit your work later that day. If you have any problems accessing the online session, please email your tutor.
We appreciate that this may cause some temporary disruption but the long-term advantages to this trial are that all of our students and staff will be better equipped to continue their studies, with the support of their teachers, in the event that we are required to close for a longer period of time. We have chosen a Friday since we believe this day of the week will cause the least amount of disruption to our students, families and carers.
For students in our supported learning (SEND) department additional arrangements will be made and parents will be informed. Any additional questions about this can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Following government guidelines to avoid public spaces (e.g. restaurants) Brooks Restaurant and Inspire Hair & Beauty Salons at both campuses, will close until after the Easter holiday.
Students on work placements are advised to follow the guidance of their employer for this week, however as from week commencing Monday 23rd March we advise that until further notice, students do not attend their work placement.
Apprentices are advised to continue to follow the guidance of their employer and should not attend college on Friday 20th March due to the planned remote working day.
Over the weekend, we will continue to review the situation and we will update the website should there be any change to college opening hours.