Dear Blackpool Sixth students and parents/carers,
Important message – remote learning from Monday 14th June for one week.
Since we returned from the half term break, there have been a small number of Covid-19 cases that have been reported among the college community. These were swiftly and safely dealt with and any close contacts have been required to self-isolate in line with Public Health guidelines.
As a precautionary measure, the senior leadership team at college has taken the decision to temporarily move to remote learning next week (Monday 14th June to Friday 18th June). We intend to resume face-to-face learning from Monday 21st June. This, along with all the other measures in place, will help us to cut any possible chains of transmission and allow time for deep cleaning to be carried out.
Please be reassured that the decision to temporarily move to remote learning has not been taken lightly but the health and wellbeing of all members of our college community must remain our absolute priority. Learning will be delivered using a combination of live lessons (Google Meet) and other remote learning activities such as videos and tasks set using Google Classroom. Students should aim to follow their normal timetable throughout the week.
Any students who have a problem accessing remote learning from home, including connectivity issues should contact their pastoral mentor and we will endeavour to make appropriate arrangements so they can continue with their learning.
Please remember that students continue to have access to a wide range of support through college. If you have any concerns then please contact your pastoral mentor who will be able to offer support.
The current situation is a clear reminder to everybody that we must all continue to follow COVID-safe control measures at all times, both in and outside of college and a reminder to self-test using the lateral flow devices provided through college. All students should continue with the twice per week lateral flow testing whilst learning remotely. Any student testing positive should report this to their pastoral mentor via email. I would also advise anyone eligible for a vaccine to take up that opportunity.
Of course, we all hoped that we would be able to continue with face-to-face learning until the end of term but please be assured that we are very well prepared for this scenario and are confident that we will continue to deliver high quality remote learning for all of our students.
If you have a scheduled meeting with a member of staff at college next week, they will be in touch to arrange for this to be online or on the phone.
We will keep you informed of any developments via email and keep the website updated https://www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/coronavirus/. Thank you for your support and understanding of this situation. We look forward to welcoming all our students back to college on Monday 21st June.
Assistant Principal – Student Support