Update 8 April 2020
UPDATE 23 MARCH 2020
Further to the decision to cancel all summer GCSE examinations, we would like to reassure all of our learners that Kirklees College is working closely with all the relevant awarding bodies. We will be following all government guidance to ensure that everyone receives a GCSE grade that is fair to all students. Further information available here
UPDATE 18 MARCH 2020
Tonight the Government announced that from Friday this week all colleges will be closed until further notice. At this stage we cannot say when Kirklees College will reopen. However we will work hard to ensure that all our students, in particular the most vulnerable remain supported at this very difficult and challenging time.
We are also concerned about the cancellation of exams and we appreciate that our students will be very anxious about this, and also those students currently in Year 11 hoping to progress their education to Kirklees College in September.
We understand the potential concerns and questions you may have about this information, but we ask for your support as we co-ordinate a clear response to this news and confirm what arrangements we are able to put in place from next week for vulnerable and EHCP students. We will being sending further details to all students, parents, carers and staff as soon as it is available.
UPDATE 17 MARCH 2020
We continue to follow the latest Government guidance in relation to Coronavirus. However due to reduced staff availability as of 8am on Wednesday 18 March 2020, normal course timetables will be suspended. We will be working hard to ensure that education and training will be able to continue through distance learning and other appropriate arrangements. Course tutors and Apprenticeship staff will be in touch with students to confirm these arrangements and this situation will be reviewed for Monday 20 April 2020.
We may also need to contact groups of students to attend college in a planned way. Should students need to come into college to pick up work and to complete assessments etc. they must confirm this with their course tutor. We remain committed to ensure that learners are supported during what is clearly a challenging time for everyone.
Please continue to monitor your Kirklees College email, the College website and social media for updated communications.
Principal and Chief Executive
We take our responsibility for the health and safety of our students and staff very seriously and so we would like to share with you the guidance from Public Health England which was issued to colleges and schools.
The College will be following the guidance, COVID-19 guidance for Education Settings, recently published by the Department of Education and Public Health England which you can view here.
If there are any significant updates to this guidance, the college will keep you informed.
This guidance covers information for students and employees about:
- The virus, how it spreads and prevention of spread
- What to do if students or employees become unwell and believe they have been exposed to the virus (either through travel to a specified country or area or contact with a confirmed case)
- What to do if a case is suspected and or confirmed
- What to do if they have been in contact with a confirmed case who was symptomatic
- What to do if they have travelled from a Category 1 or 2 specified country/area in the last 14 days
Summary of Advice from Public Health England
Prevent the spread of infection
In order to reduce the risk of spread we ask that students follow the Public Health England guidance on preventing the spread of infection in line with the Catch It, Bin It, Kill It campaign which is being actively promoted across college.
Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:
- Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
- If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment
If you or your children have returned from a category 1 country or area in past 14 days
Wuhan city and Hubei province, China, Iran*, Daegu or Cheongdo, South Korea*
Any Italian town under containment measures*
*Only if you’ve returned on or after 19 February 2020
Contact NHS 111 for advice, and:
- Self-isolate for 14 days after leaving the country or area
- If you become unwell, call NHS 111 immediately for an assessment (or 999 if you require emergency medical attention) – see below for the symptoms to look out for
If you or your children have returned from a category 2 country or area in last 14 days
This includes Cambodia, China (other than Wuhan city or Hubei province), Hong Kong, Italy: north*
Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea (other than Daegu or Cheongdo) Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.
*Only if you’ve returned on or after 19 February 2020
If you or your children are well:
- You don’t need to avoid contact with other people
- Your other family members don’t need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities
If you become unwell (see below for a list of symptoms):
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses
- Call NHS 111 immediately for an assessment (or 999 if you require emergency medical attention)
Symptoms to look out for
If you’ve returned from any of the category 1 or 2 areas or countries, look out for the following symptoms:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Fever (a temperature of 38°C or higher)
- According to other official guidance, while you wait for further advice:
- Avoid contact with others
- Stay at home – don’t go to work or school
- Don’t travel while sick
Reporting an absence
If students are going to be absent from College, they need to follow the normal absence reporting procedure (see our Parents page for absence reporting procedure).
Absences under guidance from a medical professional will be recorded as an authorised absence.
Students who are advised by a medical practitioner not to attend college for a period of isolation or illness will be provided by the college with alternative methods to keep up to date with their learning.