COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updated Information and Advice for Students and their Families
We received Guidance from the Department of Education yesterday evening, followed by further details from BTEC at 10.20pm, which indicated that colleges should decide for themselves whether or not they could conduct the examinations safely.It is clear from the feedback we have received today that this situation has put untenable pressure on students and their families, as well as on teaching staff and invigilators, during what is already a very stressful time. With this in mind I have taken the decision to cancel all future examinations during lockdown.
I am sorry for the additional distress caused by these circumstances. I know that students have worked hard in preparation for these examinations; we have been reassured that this will not penalise individual results. When we have further information we will forward it to you.
As you may have heard, yesterday the Government issued updated guidance for schools and colleges in the light of the increase in Covid-19 cases. In line with this we will be teaching almost all classes remotely from Tuesday January 5th. There are a few exceptions including some Foundation Learning groups, and classes with imminent exams that would benefit from face-to-face teaching. We can also provide access to learning on-site if you feel that this would not be possible from home. If you are unsure whether you are in one of these categories, or you feel that you need to access your classes from QMC, please contact your teacher or Personal Tutor.
Our aim is to have a phased return, with all students back in College by January 18th. We have done some preliminary planning for the roll-out of lateral flow testing, and will be prioritising students with exams this year. More details will follow early next week, but please ensure that we have up-to-date contact numbers for you.
As originally planned, Monday will be an Inset Day. From Tuesday onwards, the College will operate as it did during the last week of term, with lessons delivered remotely and all other support services available. For students accessing their learning on site the College bus services will be running, and a limited refreshment service will be available. We will be registering all classes; please ensure that a parent contacts the College in the usual way to inform us of any illnesses or other reasons for absence from lessons.
I do appreciate that this situation will lead to anxieties for some. Please contact your Personal Tutor if you have queries or concerns, or if you are struggling in any way. Our Well-being Hub and other support systems will continue to be available. Once in place, the testing should afford us with greater levels of safety for everyone on site, and I am grateful for your co-operation and understanding while we implement this. I will continue to provide updates and further instructions as we have more clarity about the weeks ahead.
We can confirm we have complied with the government's guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19 - please click the link for further details