Coronavirus Contingency Planning

18 March, 2020 10:16 am

In light of recent developments and advice from the Government, I wanted to let you know how we are preparing for every eventuality to ensure that students’ safety and learning are our priority.

If the situation changes, we will communicate to students via text and email and clear information will be available on our website.  Also we will post advice on our social media channels Facebook and twitter (@KeighleyCollege). We are monitoring our staffing levels as well as following the advice of Public Health England and the Department for Education.  I am sure you understand that much of this is outside of our control.

We are protecting students and staff through:

  • Enhancing cleaning and encouraging handwashing, including additional cleaning of rails and door handles throughout the day
  • Ensuring that toilets are checked regularly and that there is adequate soap available
  • Giving students advice, support and guidance based on the NHS information
  • The postponement of some student events such as open evenings

We have been planning for the possible disruptions COVID 19 could bring and there are a number of possibilities, including partial closure of some of programme areas to the full closure of all college. We will keep our website updated as regularly as we are able and will work with as many students as possible to ensure they are able to continue their learning on a range of online platforms. As yet, we have no further guidance regarding summer exams and the advice from OFQUAL is to prepare as usual.

We also have been distributing work to students so they can work from home, including schemes of work – what to study and when, resources, work books and online learning. It’s important that we all reinforce the message that learning should continue and students complete the work that is asked of them.

We appreciate that this is a difficult and worrying time for our students, their families and communities and we thank you for your support in this matter.

Thank you,

Steve Kelly – Principal Keighley College