MESSAGE TO PARENTS AND CARERS (25 MAY 2020)

The government has published guidance requesting schools and colleges to consider opening from June, 1. 
 
We have considered all aspects of opening, in line with their guidance and we aim to open to our ESFA learners only from June, 15.
 
We have already contacted those of you who will be affected and made the necessary arrangements. We will publish our risk assessment and strategies to provide a safe working and learning environment in line with social distancing guidance.
 
As you can imagine, introducing social distancing has presented a significant challenge given many of our campuses do not provide for double the capacity.
 
We are therefore unable to open to our Lifelong Learning cohort at this stage, but we will keep this under review. 
 
We aim to invite our Lifelong Learners back to college as soon as we can.
 
If you have any questions, please contact your son/daughters personal tutor or Adele Crapper for Lifelong Learning enquiries. 
 
Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time.
 
View our Reopening Risk Assessment and Action Plan here.
 
Kind regards,
 
Larry Brocklesby
Principal | CEO
Landmarks College

MESSAGE TO PARENTS AND CARERS (30 MARCH 2020)

Following the latest Government guidance, Landmarks College remains open to those learners of Key Workers who cannot safely remain at home, until further notice.

Our staff teams will be in contact with our learners, their parents/carers regularly during this time.  We are continuing to provide learning opportunities for our current learners and have developed systems to provide working from home activities, with regular contact with personal tutors.

We will keep you posted of any further developments as and when they occur.

MESSAGE TO PARENTS AND CARERS (23 MARCH 2020)

Dear Parents and Carers

Guidance published Sunday evening has made it clear that  “Many children and young people with EHC plans can safely remain at home”; whilst “there is an expectation that vulnerable children who have a social worker will attend, as long as it is safe to do so”.

We will, therefore, be in contact today to discuss with you if your son or daughter can remain at home safely.

If they cannot we will discuss possible solutions to continued support and education for as long as we safely can.

This situation continues to develop rapidly, and whilst we expected to be open for longer, we must follow the published guidance in these situations which we know has been designed to support us all through these difficult times.

This guidance relates to all learners, including those on a Lifelong Learning Programme.

My thoughts and those of all my colleagues and Trustees are with our young people, their families and our staff as we enter on a very long and difficult journey together in the country and indeed the wider world. Thank you for your continued support, together we will get through this.

Larry Brocklesby

Principal

Who is medically vulnerable?

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch regarding learners who are medically vulnerable. The Government has changed its advice to include a wider range of conditions:

 

Self-isolation for medically vulnerable people

If your learner is any one of the categories above, they should not attend College after Friday 20th March.

If you or anyone who normally lives with you is in any one of the categories above the learner should not attend College after Friday 20th March.

The Government strongly advise you to make preparations for a period of self-isolation of 12 weeks: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

Self-isolation for people who are showing symptoms of Covid-19 infection or who have been in contact

The key symptoms are one or both of:

· a new and persistent cough

· a fever with a body temperature of 37.8° C or higher

The Government is saying that if anyone in the household shows these symptoms then the whole household needs to isolate for 14 days. If anyone develops these symptoms during the 14 days then they need to isolate for at least 7 days, regardless of when the symptoms occurred. Anyone who lives alone can self-isolate for 7 days.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

 What is the College doing?

We are taking active steps to identify anyone who is medically vulnerable, showing symptoms or may have been exposed to the virus. We are supporting those staff members to work from home.

We will support learners who need to self-isolate and provide a range of resources and support for parents/carers so they can continue with their education. If this applies to your learner, please contact their Tutor to discuss this.

For Lifelong Learners please contact Adele Crapper, Lifelong Learning Manager if there are medical conditions to discuss.

We have cancelled all external functions and events for the foreseeable future, and we will keep that under review.

We are converting the majority of meetings to on-line to reduce the number of visitors.

We continue with a strong focus on handwashing and basic infection control measures. 

If you do visit please wash your hands using soap and hot water as soon as you arrive and as frequently as you can thereafter.

If you have cold or flu symptoms, or you are feeling unwell with a cough, difficulty breathing or fever, please do not visit.

We will keep you updated regularly about Landmarks.