Update for learners – June 10, 2020

Update for learners regarding Covid-19 situation and reopening plans: June 10, 2020

Further to my previous correspondence, I am sharing our latest update on the college’s position.

Following the latest Government advice that colleges should offer some face to face contact with small groups of students, we are aiming to reopen to specific learners from the week commencing Monday, June 15. These learners will greatly benefit by completing practical assessment by their tutors which cannot be carried out remotely.

We understand the importance of our learners having some face to face access with their tutors and returning to college to get hands-on experience. However, the safety of all our students and staff must come first.

The senior leadership team at the college has been working tirelessly to ensure the safety of everyone and a number of risk assessments have been carried out. This will ensure any return to college can be managed safely and in line with Government guidance, particularly around social distancing.

If you are one of the students eligible to return from June 15, you will be contacted individually by your Student Mentor. The course details will also be explained. When those eligible do return, they will not be following previous timetables, and their time in the college will be limited – again, this will be explained on an individual basis. Remote working will continue to supplement the practical tasks.

Anybody who enters the college – whether it be a member of staff or student– must now watch a safety video and correctly answer a number of questions. An individual risk assessment will also be carried out by Student Mentors.

We have produced a list of Frequently Asked Questions for those learners who have been invited to return to college.

If you are not one of the learners invited back to college, you will continue to work remotely, as you have been doing for the past few weeks, supported online by your tutor.

Only learners that have been contacted by a member of college staff should attend college. If any learners turn up to college and have not been asked to do so, they will be sent home immediately.

We are also looking ahead to the next academic year, starting in September. We are planning to introduce a blended approach which will include a mix of remote learning offsite as well as learners physically coming into the college.

National, scientific advice is changing daily and this will be used as a basis for our more detailed plans. We will, of course, be releasing regular updates. The best way to keep up to date with the situation is through our website, where we have a dedicated Covid-19 page, www.lcwc.ac.uk/coronavirus

Once again, can I take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support of the college during these challenging times. Your safety is our top priority.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your Student Mentor.

Take care,

Chris Nattress