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RE: IMPORTANT - Message to students regarding the phased returned to our Adult Learning Centres 2020
I hope you have all had a nice summer and have been keeping safe and well.
Since the end of our summer term in July, our Adult Learning & Skills (ALSS) team have all been working hard on the H&F Community Action Network (H&F CAN) continuing to support vulnerable residents across the borough.
In addition, our ALSS management team have also been very busy preparing for a phased return to our Macbeth centre for those courses that were unable to deliver on-line classes last term and will still not be able to do so in the new academic year starting in September 2020 -July 2021.
In order for our ALSS service to return to Macbeth, we have to meet very strict Health and Safety criteria, which is overseen by the Local Authority’s Covid-19 (C19) Recovery Board, chaired by the Chief Executive, and made up of senior Council Directors.
Over the last 2 months we have had regular site visits with the Council’s C19 Health and Safety Assurance team in preparation for a phased return. The C19 H&S team looks at every aspect of health and safety to ensure that any return is Government compliant and meets industry guidelines for C19. Any return to face to face classes must also follow a manageable phased approach. The main priority is to ensure that all of our staff and students are kept safe and properly protected.
At the Council’s C19 Recovery Board meeting recently it was decided that our Adult Learning Service must follow a strict phased return to our Macbeth Centre with a limited number of face to face classes from late October (half- term week). This allows sufficient time to put everything in place for a safe return to the Macbeth centre for all selected staff and students.
Phase one of the return will begin in the Autumn term (Sept-Dec 2020) and follow a step by step approach:
We will only be able to offer a minimum number of face to face classes in term 1 at the Macbeth Centre. We will be prioritising Crafts classes which cannot be delivered as On-line classes.
Phase 2 of the return in Winter term January to March 2021
Phase 3 return in Summer term April –July 2021
The above phased return is dependent on no further spikes, or a second phase of C19. However, should there be any further outbreaks, our ALSS service in consultation with the council’ C19 H&S team has devised an Outbreak Response Plan, which will be shared as part of the C19 H&S risk assessment training and induction for all staff and students.
Obviously, we would all prefer to be able to return to our centres with a full complement of face to face classes as soon as possible, but the decision by the Local Authority Recovery Board and C19 H&S team for a phased return of our ALSS has been carefully considered. The health and safety of all our staff and students is of paramount importance to the Local Authority and our ALSS service.
The pandemic is still ongoing, so government, DFE and our H&F Local Authority guidelines are subject to frequent changes. However, we will continue to meet regularly with the C19 H&S team and keep you all up to date with progress towards our phased return.
If you have already enrolled for a class, please check to see whether it will be offered as an on-line class, or if it is an Arts and Crafts course, whether it will be offered as a face to face class. Please check our ALSS website for updates, email email@example.com or phone 020 8753 3600 (Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4pm) for further enquiries.
Thank you all for your ongoing support and commitment. I hope you all manage to enjoy the summer and I look forward to meeting you all again at some point in the next academic year 2020-21.
Head of Adult Learning & Skills
Hammersmith & Fulham Council
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