In response to the recent Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, we would like to reassure our learners that the College is monitoring the situation extremely closely. As a Senior Leadership Team, we are meeting on a daily basis to ensure that the correct processes and procedures are in place to ensure the best possible advice is provided to our learners, in line with current Welsh Government recommendations.
Our priority is the safety of our learners, employees, and visitors. In addition, we will do everything possible to ensure that teaching, learning and assessment preparation can continue during this period of uncertainty, following guidance from the UK and Welsh Government and Public Health authorities.
At the present time, there is no plan to close any campuses of the College. However, it does seem possible, although not guaranteed, that some form of closure of part, or all, of the College may be necessary, and this scenario is being planned for by the Senior Leadership Team. Should this happen, we will communicate with you via email, social media platforms and the College website www.colegsirgar.ac.uk or www.cerdigion.ac.uk as soon as a decision is made. We would like to remind you to
check these electronic platforms and your College email account regularly so that you can be kept up-to-date with any developments.
At present, if you are well, you should attend all timetabled teaching and placements unless you are informed otherwise by your course or personal tutor.
If you are on a placement, and your placement provider closes, please contact your course tutor as soon as possible so that measures can be put in place to support your studies.
To ensure that learners, staff and visitors are not exposed to further unnecessary risks, we have suspended all international College planned trips and international placements from the College. We have also taken the decision to suspend new European students attending the College on placements.
Activities within the UK will continue to be discussed on a case by case basis and subject to the latest Welsh Government information.
At present, we would strongly encourage that you continue to plan and prepare for your approaching examinations and assessments.
We will inform you as soon as possible, should Examination Board and/or Awarding Body requirements or arrangements change.
Learners who feeling unwell and / or have underlying health conditions
Learners who have weakened immune systems or underlying chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease and are concerned about coronavirus should continue to take their normal precautions and may wish to contact their GP.
If you have concerns that you may have the coronavirus, you should follow the guidelines provided by:
Public Health Wales: https://phw.nhs.wales/
Public Health England: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england
We understand the impact this situation is having, and our thoughts are with everyone at this challenging time.
Please follow the advice of the Government: -
- Wash your hands regularly with soap for 20 seconds;
- Cough and sneeze into tissues or the fold of your arm;
- Distance yourself from others socially and only take trips that are absolutely necessary;
Stay safe and look after each other
Dr Andrew Cornish
Principal / Chief Executive