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17th March 2020

UPDATE 18/3/20

Message for students:

Coronavirus (COVID 19) update: transition to online teaching, learning and working

Following Public Health England’s latest guidance on social distancing and at risk individuals, and alongside growing concern from our students, staff and parents, we have taken the decision to move from direct delivery of our curriculum to remote delivery and working wherever possible.

At the end of the day today (Wednesday 18th March 2020), due to the growing number of students and staff who are not able to attend college for reasons linked to COVID-19, we will be switching to home on-line learning on all of our courses until the start of the Easter break (5 pm on Friday 3rd April). We hope to be able to resume normal college operations after the Easter break on Monday 20th April; however, it is entirely possible that this date could change – if it does, we will post a message on the college’s web-site.

Hence, until further notice, students are no longer required to attend classes or external work placements after the end of the day today (Wed 18th March). Apprentices are still expected to attend their place of work until advised otherwise by their employers.

It is therefore essential that you check your college email and the college’s social media accounts including the webpage for regular updates.

Staff and student safety is our overriding priority, so with that in mind we are supporting all staff and students to ensure that they are prepared to teach and learn from home.

This decision has not been an easy one but government advice on self-isolation means that it could become unsafe to operate the college as normal within the next few days.

We realise that the extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 virus will be making some of you anxious. If you are feeling unwell, either mentally or physically, you should seek medical advice via NHS 111 or your GP.

Please continue to follow government advice during the days/weeks ahead. And please find ways of staying in touch with your friends and family, even if you are required to self-isolate.

We are all looking forward to a time when all members of the Goole College community can get back to normal operations. For now though, we must all commit to doing the best that we can to look after ourselves and each other in these extremely unusual and challenging circumstances.

UPDATE 17/3/20

The HU1 Riverside restaurant and Salon QG are now closed to the public and all appointments cancelled until further notice.

UPDATE 13/3/20

At the present moment in time the college continues to follow Government and the Department of Education (DfE) advice.

This is the government/DfE advice:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

DfE guidance to schools and colleges

The DfE guidance for schools and colleges can be accessed using these links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/covid-19-travel-guidance-for-the-education-sector

The College remains open. The most important advice continues to be maintain good hygiene and specifically had washing, cough or sneeze into disposable tissues.

If you show symptoms

1. If you have symptoms of a continuous cough and a high temperature. The you should stay at home and self-isolate for a minimum of 7 days. You or your parents, must report your absence to the college as with any sickness.

2. You do not need to call NHS111 to self-isolate.