Covid-19 Update: Term 3 Phased return for some classes

Adult Learning and Skills Service

15 April 2021

Covid-19 update: Term 3 phased return

A message from the Head of Adult Learning & Skills

Dear Students

I hope you have all had managed to have nice Easter Break and have been keeping safe and well.

We are all looking forward to a limited number of face to face classes returning to our Macbeth Centre next Monday 19th April 2021 and we will continue to offer a wide range of classes on-line as part of a blended learning approach.  

Over the Easter period our Adult Learning & Skills team, with support from the Council’s C19 Technical Assistance Group (TAG), have been very busy preparing for a phase 3 return to our Macbeth centre for a limited number of Arts & Crafts classes (mainly). We have had regular meetings and site visits with the Council’s C19 TAG team in preparation for the phase 3 return. The TAG team looks at every aspect of health and safety to ensure that any return is Government compliant and meets current national C19 guidelines. 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 today, it was decided that our Adult Learning Service must follow a strict phased return again to our Macbeth Centre with a limited number of face to face classes in the Summer term (April-July 2021). Phase 3 of the return will begin as planned next Monday 19th April  and follow a step-by-step approach. 

  • From 19th April 2021 65-70% of our courses will continued to be offered as on-line remote classes (or through course work in some cases).
  • Our Adult Learning centres at 239a Uxbridge Road and at Normand Croft Community School will remain closed. Where possible classes will be offered on-line or through course work, but we will review the use of Uxbridge Road for corporate training and exams throughout the summer term.
  • The Macbeth building will not be open to the general public, nor to all ALSS staff.
  • There will be restricted use of the Macbeth building for a limited number of selected ALSS staff and students attending the face to face classes starting on Monday 19th April 2021.
  • All enquiries must be made over the phone or via email.
  • Students will need to enrol on-line or over the phone, if you haven’t already done so.
  • All staff and students will need to complete an Individual Risk Assessment which will be sent out a.s.a.p.
  • All staff and students will be issued with a C19 Home Testing Lateral Flow Kit and must ensure that they carry out a test the night before, or in the morning before attending class. If the test is positive you must inform us via phone a.s.a.p. and refrain from attending the centre.     
  • All staff and students will be registered in the building and can be tracked and traced in the event of an outbreak.
  • All staff and students will wear PPE e.g. masks or visors and gloves etc. where appropriate.
  • PPE will be supplied to staff by our adult learning centres, but those students attending face to face classes must bring their own face masks etc.
  • Reception and all areas of the building will be clearly marked for social distancing and rotational movement in and around the building etc.
  • Desks and workspaces will be spaced out 2m or more.
  • Personal workspaces will be clearly marked.
  • Class times will be staggered to ensure reduced contact between staff and students from different classes.
  • All classrooms and workshops have undergone a C19 H&S Risk Assessment to ensure that they meet all requirements for health and safety.
  • Rigorous and heightened cleaning and sanitisation of equipment is a requirement for everyone.
  • All staff and students will complete a full induction covering all aspects of the C19 H&S regulations which are government compliant and meets industry guidelines for C19.
  • There will be limited numbers of staff and students in classes and around the building to ensure social distancing rules are adhered to.
  • There will be no face to face evening classes at our Macbeth centre in term 3.
  • There will be no Saturday face to face classes in the Summer term 3.
  • The C19 H&S team will regularly monitor and review progress.

The above phase 3 return is dependent on no further spikes of C19. However, should there be any further outbreaks, our ALSS service has devised an Outbreak Response Plan, which will be implemented if necessary. 

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 TAG team for a continued limited phased return of our ALSS classes 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.

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, or email alssinfo@lbhf.gov.uk or phone 020 8753 3600 for further information.

Thank you all for your ongoing support and commitment. Hopefully with the national vaccination roll out still on schedule there is an end in sight. In the meantime, I hope you all enjoy your adult education classes this summer and look forward to meeting some of you again at some point during the term. 

 

Kind regards,

Eamon Scanlon

Head of Adult Learning & Skills

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