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Coronavirus Guidance

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): ADVICE AND UPDATES

LAST UPDATED: Thursday 26th March | 11:34

After considering all the official guidance regarding COVID-19 and prioritising the safety of students and staff, Boston College will be adopting a phased approach, and will be moving to online learning for all students from Monday 23rd March.

All students are now to remain off-site until further notice.

There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection at Boston College, however we are closely monitoring the outbreak and following guidelines issued by Public Health England. Our main priority as a College remains focused on the health and safety of our staff and students.

Should you have any questions relating to the virus the DFE has launched a new helpline to help answer these. Staff, parents and learners can contact the helpline as follows:

If you have any concerns about your health in relation to the coronavirus, COVID-19, please follow Public Health England advice and use the NHS 111 coronavirus service.


Key Workers General Guidance

The Government has issued guidance on key workers and what this means to parents and educational establishments. They have asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools and colleges to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

Summary from Government Guidance

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and other key sectors identified in the list below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The fewer children making the journey to school or college, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

The full guidance is available here.

Key Workers – Definitions

Please refer to the full guidance that has been provided but key workers categories are as follows;

  • Health and Social Care (including care workers)
  • Education and Childcare (including nurseries)
  • Key public services
  • Local and National Government
  • Food and Other necessary goods
  • Public Safety and National Security (including Police, Fire and Rescue, Armed Forces, Prison and Probation staff)
  • Transport
  • Utilities, Communication & Financial Services

What do I need to do if I am a key worker and my child attends Boston College?

You should follow government advice and keep your child at home wherever possible.

Boston College has now moved to online learning for all students and specialist teachers will be able to support your child to continue their studies from home.

If you can provide evidence that you are a key worker and your child is not able to continue their studies from home, please contact the College on 01205 313218 to find out how we can help.


Advice for Boston College Students and Staff

Following the latest ‘Stay at Home’ Government advice, we request anyone showing the symptoms of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature of 37.8 or above should remain at home and self-isolate.

  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
  • If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • For anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
  • It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

Learners who attend College showing symptoms or attend to inform the College that someone in their household is showing symptoms, will be required to return home immediately and parents/carers will be required to assist transport arrangements.

Self Declaration

If you have received a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 please email: covid-19selfdeclaration@boston.ac.uk

Frequently Asked Questions 

 

The College is closed for face to face student delivery until further notice. Boston College will be adopting a phased approach and moving to online learning. 

In order to support the move to online learning the college will close to students from Thursday 19th March at 8.00pm with online commencing on Monday 23rd March.  During the period of online learning students should not attend college until they are advised to do so.

The College will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so and in line with government advice.

Staff at the College are now all working hard to provide online learning and support for all our current students. Our top priority continues to be helping our students to do their best and to continue their education. We would urge students to closely stay in touch with their lecturers who can help with any concerns or queries.

For new students who have applied to start a course in September - We know this is a worrying time for you, and your parents. We want to reassure you that we will work to enable you to start at college on a suitable course, despite the current uncertainty around assessments and exams. We are working closely with exam boards and as soon as we find out new information we will include this with our FAQs and advice.

We look forward to seeing you soon when it is safe to do so.

A Level and GCSE exams that were due to take place during May and June have now been cancelled. All other exams due to take place at Boston College have currently been postponed, which include Functional Skills (English, Maths and ICT), ESOL, VTCT (Hairdressing and Beauty), City & Guilds, IMI (Motor Vehicle) and AAT.

Colleges and schools are awaiting on a statement from the examination boards, which will inform the College how students will be assessed. Awarding bodies could consider alternative methods for awarding grades, therefore the current advice with regards to exams is to continue revising as normal.

If you are an Apprentice waiting on an End Point Assessment, your Assessors will be in touch with any changes to the current arrangements.

The College will still be able to assess your suitability for the course you have applied for.

Depending on the course you have applied for this will involve; review of predicted grades, a teacher reference, review of portfolios from your last place of study, a practical assessment

If you still have concerns, please contact the Information Line or the Careers Team, info@boston.ac.uk

Please visit the Government website for the current information from the Department of Education via the following link:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020

The College will still be able to assess your suitability for the course you have applied for.

Depending on the course you have applied for this will involve; review of predicted grades, previous learning and experience you have undertaken, and your career goals.

If you still have concerns, please contact the Information Line or the Careers Team at info@boston.ac.uk

Please visit the Government website for the current information from the Department of Education via the following link:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020

We know this may be difficult as some workplaces have had to close or move to working from home. The College aims to put in place alternative arrangements to help you gain the essential practical skills you need at the start of your course. This is likely to involve taster sessions, additional practical lessons at the start of the new academic year, or a work experience placement at college/another local organisation.

Registers will be suspended for the time that we are using online learning so this won’t lower your overall attendance level.

There will be no need to report absences for sickness or other reasons during this time and so the absence reporting line will be suspended.

We will maintain close contact with you and provide updates, and you will be able to access learning materials online as discussed with your lecturer. Please remember to access these on each of your timetabled days including English and/or Maths.

If you require further guidance, please directly contact your teachers through the agreed method for their group which will be email, Moodle, Facebook groups or Microsoft Teams.

All students who are entitled to statutory free meals at College will get an amount paid into their bank accounts.  Should a voucher scheme become available we will issue vouchers in line with any official guidance. We will be topping up to government funding rate of £2.41 per timetabled day to £3.50 per timetabled day, starting from Friday 20th March until Thursday 2nd April.  The increased rate is available to reflect the fact that the college diner keeps its prices low to support students but will not be available during this time.

Our approach will be reviewed once further guidance has been received from the Department of Education. If you are eligible for this, you would have received communications from the Learners Services Bursary Team. If you haven’t done so already, please ensure you have provided the College with your bank details for payment.

Your Apprenticeship training programme will continue, however, we would strongly advise that you discuss with your employer how you can continue to develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours in the workplace. We ask that where college attendance has been disrupted, that you agree a time and location with your employer where your College work can be completed.

‘Off-the-job’ hours will be captured through online learning and in the usual way if the business is operating as normal. Please do not worry about getting behind with these and remember to capture any training you may be receiving in the event that you are being redeployed elsewhere in your business. Your employer will be able to advice you about any employment concerns.

If you are self-isolating you must follow NHS advice and speak to your employer regarding any employment issues. Please stay in touch with your tutor and keep them up to date regarding your situation.

All employers are being asked to following Government advice, so please speak directly to your employer for more information.

Employers, please be assured that we will continue to support you and your current apprentices throughout the ongoing Coronovirus situation. We are moving to online delivery for all our learners including Apprentices from Monday, 23rd March 2020, so instead of attending college in the usual way, learners should spend their ‘off-the-job’ hours in another location so they can continue their studies. Our apprenticeship co-ordinators and trainers will be in regular contact with you and your apprentice to carry out progress reviews and support with learning. We will still be able to support you with any issues either party may have, albeit remotely. All learners and employers will be informed as and when our business operations change.

We are also continuing to support employers with recruitment of apprentices, and while any new apprentice will be unable to fully engage with the apprenticeship programme at the moment, we can still support you with advertising your vacancy and screening applicants as we would normally do. Once we are able to, we will ensure a prompt start to the apprenticeship programme in line with your business plans. Please get in touch at apprenticeships@boston.ac.uk for further help or if you have any concerns or questions at this current time.

You should follow government advice and keep your child at home wherever possible.

Boston College has now moved to online learning for all students and specialist teachers will be able to support your child to continue their studies from home.

If you can provide evidence that you are a key worker and your child is not able to continue their studies from home, please contact the College on 01205 313218 to find out how we can help

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