Important information for parents, carers and students

Update Wednesday 25 March, 4.54pm

We have put together a set of Frequently Asked Questions for students, parents, guardians and carers which you can view here: Frequently Asked Questions

 

Update Wednesday 25 March, 2.49pm

We are fielding a number of calls/queries from parents, carers & students. At present, Greenbank College can receive urgent calls on Monday-Wednesday only between 8.30am-4pm. Please bear with us as we have extensive work to do to get all students set up with college work at home.

Staff are responding to emails as best they can, but again please be patient.

As previously, the reminder is, to all parents and carers, that unless there is no safe alternative, children are better off at home in the current circumstances.

 

Update Tuesday 24 March, 3.11pm

An update on our current situation following the government’s announcement about school and college closures. 

“Schools, and all childcare providers, are therefore being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.”

Following this, we ask for students to stay home where possible and access learning resources provided by tutors (Google Classroom/paper packs) and only those who need to attend to continue to. This is to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

As a result, the main college is closed but we are running a limited provision for those students who have EHCPs and are vulnerable/not safe to be at home or their parents/guardians are key workers. 

Students are being set up on Google Classroom and information about accessing this will be provided by their tutors. Students can keep in contact with tutors via Google Classroom and email. We are also looking at further options within online learning to enable video content.

If there are any difficulties accessing online learning, please let us know and paper packs will be sent out. 

The safety and well-being of our students is our highest priority. Please can we reiterate the advice from the government and encourage all our students to be mindful of social distancing during this uncertain time. 

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Update Friday 20 March 2020, 4.57pm

Students, Parents, Carers & Guardians: If you haven’t spoken to a member of staff today regarding next week, please do not come in to college on Monday, instead please phone us Monday morning on 0151 733 7255. Many thanks and take care.

 

Update Thursday 19 March 2020, 12.35pm

Please be advised we are currently awaiting further information following the government’s announcement last night. We will update once we know more.

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I write to you today in regard to the current situation with coronavirus (COVID-19). I wanted to reassure you of the precautions that we are taking here at Greenbank:

  • We have installed additional hand sanitiser points
  • We are actively encouraging students and staff throughout the day, to wash their hands and use the hand sanitiser around the college
  • We are asking any student who displays any symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate, the guidance now states for 14 days for the whole household
  • We have increased our daily cleaning routines particularly focusing on door handles and frequently touched areas to minimise risk
  • We have suspended all work placements as a precaution to safeguard learners
  • We are cancelling all non-essential visitors to the college

 We are following the government advice and guidance and will continue to do so, however the advice is being updated daily. Please see the links below for the latest information and advice:

We will also update our website, Facebook and Twitter pages in regards to how government guidance impacts the college. Please check these regularly.

We ask that any students showing symptoms do not come into college and self-isolate for 14 days. Any students self-isolating with symptoms/family symptoms or as a precaution because they are vulnerable as per the government guidance, will be treated as an authorised absence. 

At this current moment, the college is open and will continue to be until we are directed otherwise by government advice or Public Health England.

We are currently preparing online learning via Google Classroom, in the event that we are advised to close or suspend face to face teaching. Please inform us if your son/daughter would have any difficulties accessing work online and we will make alternative arrangements.  

I hope that this provides some reassurance, during these uncertain times. 

Thank you for your support.

 Yours sincerely,

Mary Beaumont

Chief Executive