As you may be aware, the situation with regards Coronavirus is changing daily, and I wanted to reassure you that we are currently following all the guidelines and recommendations from Public Health England and the Department for Education.
We are also displaying posters in key areas around the college reminding students and staff to wash their hands regularly and to remind them of basic hygiene procedures.
Please check page for regular updates directly from the Deparment of Education regarding COVID-19:
Please check the NHS websites for further advice on coping and managing your day to day routine during this situation:
New guidance about safeguarding in schools and further education
The latest guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-safeguarding-in-schools-colleges-and-other-providers
Video statement from the UK Prime Minister
Please be assured that learning at Gateway Sixth Form College is expected to continue remotely. Students to continue their studies undertaking revision and completing the work that has been, and will continue to be set for them. Tutors and teachers will continue to make regular contact with students, and tutors will be contacting their tutor groups regularly to ensure that independent study is taking place.
Please click on the link to access the full FAQ and guidance on the cancellation of GCSE, AS and A Level examinations, mentioned above: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020
Statement from the Education Secretary
Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education, will be making a statement to the House of Commons at 5pm. Further updates will be circulated following this statement.
COVID-19 Emergency Bill
Information was released yesterday on the COVID-19 Emergency Bill, which is to be published later this week. The Bill will include:
a power to remove or relax some requirements around education and childcare legislation in order to help these institutions run effectively in the event of an emergency
a power to require schools, further education and childcare settings to stay open or re-open, operate in ways to support continued education and childcare such as enable pupils / students to attend different premises, to enhance resilience of childcare and education sector
a power to close educational institutions or childcare providers. This will happen only where necessary and proportionate, to help minimise disruption to everyday life. The measures would only be put in place for the period of time required to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak
powers to bring additional social workers onto the register of social workers held by the regulator, Social Work England
The measures in the Bill are temporary, proportionate to the risks, will only be used when strictly necessary and will be in place only for as long as required to respond to the situation.
This Bill will ensure the government has the powers it needs, when it needs them, to allow our vital public services to keep functioning and to save lives. Further detail will be available when the Bill is published later this week
Updated advice for non-essential travel worldwide
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide. This advice takes effect immediately (from 17 March) and applies initially for a period of 30 days.
The latest travel guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
The full statement regarding funding for free childcare can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/free-childcare-offers-to-continue-during-coronavirus-closures
The key symptoms of coronavirus are:
- A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
- A new, continuous cough
Please read the updated article on staying at home guidance for households: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
The updated guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19#contents
Government announces move from Contain to Delay phase
Yesterday, the Government announced that we are moving from the Contain phase of the coronavirus action plan and into the Delay phase, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Full details of each stage in the government action plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan
To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.
The symptoms are: A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above) and a new, continuous cough.
You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce will be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to schools will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.
The full guidance for travel for the education sector can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/covid-19-travel-guidance-for-the-education-sector
Please click on the link to access the action plan mentioned below: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan
Updated travel advice for travellers returning from Italy (11.03.2020)
Yesterday, Public Health England updated their travel advice, recommending that anyone returning from Italy should self-isolate, even if you do not have any symptoms. If you do develop symptoms, call NHS 111.
The latest travel guidance can be found here: tps://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here: ttps://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/20/what-is-self-isolation-and-why-is-it-important/
The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water
In addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
The latest updates from Ofqual can be found here – https://gov.uk/government/…/updated-statement-on-coronavirus
Today we have received new information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from Public Health England for any person/s who have returned from Northern Italy in the last 14 days; specifically, the regions of Veneto and Lombardy. As Northern Italy is a regular destination for UK tourists, we would like to share the most recent guidance.
Latest information from Public Health England
Any person who has returned from Northern Italy since 19th February 2020 should contact NHS 111 to see whether they have been to any of the ‘lock-down’ towns. If they have been to one of these lock-down towns, the current advice is to self-isolate for 14 days. Students should not attend school or college.
Any person who has returned from other areas of Northern Italy (since 19th February 2020) and are displaying the symptoms of the Coronavirus (listed below), should self-isolate and contact NHS 111, selecting option 2.
If you have been in Northern Italy, but not the lock-down towns and do not have any symptoms, you should attend school as normal
As you may be aware, the situation with regards Coronavirus is changing daily. Please keep up to date by reading and following the guidance issued to schools and colleges. This can be found by accessing the links below;
Public Health England:
Guidance for educational settings:
For those of you going on trips abroad please ensure that you monitor the foreign office guidance and are in regular contact with your travel companies. We will keep you updated regarding any information we receive. It is also important that you share this information with your parents/ guardians.
If you are concerned about possible symptoms please contact NHS 111 as advised and if necessary ourselves in due course. If there are any concerns for the college we have been advised that Public Health England will liaise with us directly.
If you have any other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Principal of Gateway Sixth Form College