Letter from the Principal 16th March 2020

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Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to update you on the steps we have taken to safeguard our college community. You will have read various posts and ongoing updates about Covid-19 and it would be fair to say that the situation is changing rapidly.

Jersey has entered a delay phase in combating the virus so that as a community we reduce social contact for the most vulnerable. As a college we have been planning and preparing to deliver learning and ongoing support to our students should they be unable to attend, or should the College have to close. Here is a summary of the main points:

Health and Wellbeing

  1. We have increased cleaning regimes, supplied hand sanitisers and reminded students of the importance of prevention by hand washing regularly.
  2. Students who are experiencing increased anxiety are encouraged to seek support from their personal tutors and our college counsellor The Student Life Team and Learning Support Teams are making contact with students who are already known to have vulnerabilities.
  3. Students can also access The Yes Project via the Youth Service for drop-in counselling support.
  4. Should any student or member of staff have a persistent cough, or a fever and muscle aches they should stay at home for at least 7 days. If their symptoms persist, please contact the government helpline on 445566.

Learning

  1. Microsoft Office 365 TEAMS and MOODLE are used for delivery of learning online by lecturers. Lecturers have set up classes on Teams and use OneNote to assign classwork to students. When they complete the assignment, they mark it and feedback. Should we have to reduce classroom contact, lecturers will make sure your son or daughter can continue to learn effectively. If you have problems accessing materials online, please contact the College.
  2. Students will also have access to additional materials from The Blended Learning Consortium which complements their studies.
  3. Work placements are continuing as planned. Some employers have cancelled already and if that is the case, we will bring our students back into college. They may cancel if staff are self-isolating and supervision is not adequate. Our Employability team are in contact with employers.
  4. Examinations are expected to take place as normal – OFQUAL the UK. examination and assessment regulator is monitoring the situation and their advice is detailed below:

 

“We recognise that students, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the 2020 summer exam series. Our advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal.

 We continue to work closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education and we have met to plan for a range of scenarios, as the public would expect. Our overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum”.

Travel

  1.  Off-island student trips are cancelled until further notice. I realise this will be a great disappointment for our students, however they are part of the enrichment programme and we will make sure that the cancellation does not impact upon their achievement.
  2. Please refer to Government advice should you be planning to take a holiday off-island as this is a rapidly changing picture as countries change their entry requirements.

 

Please continue to check our website and social media sites for Government updates.

https:// www.gov. je/HeaIth/Coronavirus/Pages/CoronavirusInformation.aspx

I want to thank you for your ongoing support. It is vital that we work together to keep our community protected. I appreciate you reassuring your son or daughter that we are focused upon their safety and maintaining their learning.

If you have any questions and/or feedback, please contact us immediately.

Yours sincerely,

 

Jo Terry-Marchant Principal

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