Advice for all students regarding Coronavirus – Updated 26/03/20

UPDATE THURDSAY 26 March 09.00am

Students
Please check your college email address for all communication about your studies, as you should have received details of how you can access your lessons and classwork from your course tutor.

For any E Learning and Online Learning queries, such as how to access Microsoft Teams or Moodle contact:

Learning Technologies Team on 01226 216856 or 216276 or 216715.

For any other IT related issues, such as passwords, log on issues, laptop queries, please contact:

IT helpdesk on 01226 216111.  This service is available from 8.30am – 5.00pm.

UPDATE TUESDAY 24 March – 3.00pm

The government have issued further details on arrangements for exams which have been cancelled to fight spread of coronavirus.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced

UPDATE TUESDAY 24 March – 10.30am

Message from Yiannis Koursis, Principal and Chief Executive

Dear students, colleagues, parents and guardians,

I would like to thank you for your continued patience, co-operation and understanding in light of how we as a College and as a community, have had to adapt to the developing Coronavirus pandemic.

Like all colleges and businesses within the UK, we are closely monitoring the impact that COVID-19 is having on our core business, our students, our colleagues, and business partners. We are very much aware and respectful of the Government’s message that all UK citizens and businesses must play their part to protect the most vulnerable in our society and to ensure that the NHS has the ability to care for the anticipated increase in the number of patients affected by the virus in the coming days and weeks.

Since yesterday, Monday 23th March 2020, we have moved all our learning to on-line and the vast majority of our staff are working from home. The College stayed open for the following groups of students:

  • dependants of critical workers
  • vulnerable young people

We have already seen outstanding practices in on-line learning and excellent participation from our students.

Whilst on-line attendance was high, the physical attendance at College yesterday was very low, so following last night’s announcement by the Government we have taken the decision to close the last remaining open College site from today, Tuesday 24th March, at 1.00pm.

Recognising the increased demand for IT support, our IT help desk will remain open at Church Street Campus until 7:00pm today to ensure students have a last chance of receiving appropriate support for learning off-site.

I would like to thank our exceptional team of staff for their dedication and planning over the past four weeks as we have together navigated our way through uncharted territories. If you would like to follow our news and communication, we will use social media and the College’s web page to ensure we keep you updated on ours and our students’ progress.

We look forward to staying in touch and welcoming all students and staff when we reopen.

Keep transforming lives and keep safe.

Yiannis Koursis
Principal and Chief Executive

MONDAY 23 MARCH – 9.30pm

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister at 8.30pm on Monday night we are reiterating our message that ONLY vulnerable students and those whose parents/carers are key workers should go to Barnsley Sixth Form College tomorrow. Everyone else should stay at home and follow the instructions given by the government.

For full details of the announcement please visit the .gov website: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-address-to-the-nation-on-coronavirus-23-march-2020

The free bus services for students have been suspended from today.

THURSDAY 19 MARCH

Like everyone else, we have been deciding how best to continue doing what we do in the best way possible.

In light of the Government’s instruction to close schools and colleges in England, we will be closing all our buildings, except our Sixth Form College, to staff and students from Monday 23 March 2020. We will be opening our Sixth Form between 8.30 am and 5.00 pm for young people who have either an EHCP or have parents or carers who are Key Workers.

Students in receipt of Free School Meals funding, Learner Support Funds and bus passes will continue to receive them.

We are continuing with our plans to deliver online learning for all our students. Students should continue to complete learning online and maintain contact with their teachers and course leaders on a regular basis.

Our tutorial teams will be carrying out on-line or phone tutorials throughout the period students are not in College.

We will be taking an Easter break from online learning and students are not expected to undertake work from Monday 6 April 2020. Learning resumes on Tuesday 21 April 2020. Any plans regarding the College being open during Easter will be communicated in due course.

We appreciate that this decision may cause uncertainty and inconvenience. However, the personal safety of students and staff, and of those closest to them, is of utmost importance. This webpage and social media channels will be kept up-to-date with the latest information.

Last updated: 26th March 2020