Coronavirus College Closures
UPDATED LETTER 20 MARCH 2020
Dear Student, Parent, Carer,
You will no doubt be aware of several recent government announcements about schools and colleges.
Herefordshire & Ludlow College has been following government advice closely. These are our main priorities:
1) To continue to protect the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and wider community.
2) To continue to educate and train our students, whether or not they physically attend College.
3) To continue to follow government advice.
From Monday 23 March 2020, I regret that the vast majority of our students will no longer be able to attend College because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The College will, however, continue to provide home-based education, using paper-based and various computer-based methods. We call this distance learning. We are deeply committed to supporting our students’ learning and expect students to engage with distance learning to progress with their studies. This will present challenges but we will do our very best.
Government advice is clear; it is outlined here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
Wherever possible parents/carers should keep their children (aged under 18) at home. The College is only open for those children who absolutely need to attend.
The fewer children making the journey to College and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care plans (EHCPs).
The College will contact, as soon as possible, the parents/carers of all our vulnerable students (aged under 18) to determine whether they should attend College.
If the vulnerable child can be looked after safely at home, they should not attend College.
If you believe that your child is vulnerable and you are not contacted by the College by Tuesday 24 March, please ring this number: 0800 032 1986
Children of Key Workers
The government has decided that certain sectors are critical to the coronavirus response: health and social care, education and childcare, key public services, local and national government, food and other necessary goods, public safety and national security, transport, and utilities, communication and financial services. The details are here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
If you are a key worker and you do not believe your child would be safe at home, please could you ring this number: 0800 032 1986
We will then decide through discussion with you whether your child should attend College.
We will continue to support our apprentices in the workplace but they will no longer be able to attend College in person.
I will continue to provide updates as and when we are provided with further information by the government.
Thank you for your patience, support and understanding during these very challenging times.
Principal & Chief Executive
Herefordshire, Ludlow & North Shropshire College
During these times it is so important to keep your mind and body active and healthy. We will be bringing you plenty of tips, advice and exercise videos to keep you busy at home.
Take a look at Mind's tips for mental health & well-being during isolation ➡️ https://bit.ly/3boEiPs
We have also put together some tips for managing your well-being while being at home, which can be viewed here ➡️ https://sway.office.com/WLP8c99eW9SHHHQU?ref=email