20
MAR
2020

Updated Information

Dear Parents and Carers,

Can I start by thanking you for the messages we have received.  The support of our parents is making these difficult times a little easier.

Further to the information requested in my message on Wednesday night we have now had clarification of the occupations defined as key worker. If the occupation of any parent means they work in the employment sectors listed below and you require the college’s support to continue with your work, then please, if you have not done so already, contact your child’s Head of House via the email.  We need this information as soon as possible and no later than 1pm today so we are able to make the necessary plans for Monday. We will then be in touch as soon as possible to provide you with more detail of the reduced provision we will be able to offer.

Key worker employment sectors

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

Utilities, communication and financial services

 

For further details please see

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Coleridge: Mr Cope – rcope@bidefordcollege.org

Brunel: Ms Luke – cluke@bidefordcollege.org

Hepworth: Mr Cross – tcross@bidefordcollege.org

Arthur: Mr Skinner – sskinner@bidefordcollege.org

Farwell: Mr Gibbins – wgibbins@bidefordcollege.org

 

As I outlined on Wednesday, children who do not have a social worker, or do not have an Education, Health and Care Plan, or who are not the children of key workers, should remain at home from Monday. You should not send your child into college from Monday 23rd March until further notice. I will be in touch later today with any further information that has become available and to outline our strategy for long term distance learning.

Please can I also suggest that all parents read the guidance provided by the government. It seeks to answer some of the questions you may have.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

 

I understand that the detail of what is in here may be confusing and these are worrying times. So if you need any help accessing this information please contact us at the college and we will do our best to help you as soon as possible.

Best wishes

Dr Claire Ankers

Principal

Bideford College