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Coronavirus – Thursday 19th November 2020

COVID-19 | 19th November 2020
STUDENT/PARENT/CARER COMMUNICATION
Arrangements for the last week of the Winter Term  (14th December to 18th December)

Dear Students, Parents and Carers,

As part of our commitment to the health, safety and well being of our students and staff we have decided to take our curriculum for Further Education (FE) and 14-16 Schools students online for the last week of term*. This is designed to ensure that students and staff can have a 14 day period ahead of the Christmas break in which to isolate themselves if required ahead of time.

Lessons will take place according to the normal timetable for the week and will be hosted via Google Meet. We will ensure that all students have the opportunity to access the required technology ahead of time. Tutorials, pastoral support and lunchtime programmes will continue to take place during the week.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their ongoing support and understanding during this unusual time. Our students have taken the challenges that this term has presented in their stride, they have shown resilience, a willingness to follow new college instructions and we are very proud of the progress they have made this term.

We wish you all the very best for the winter break and look forward to welcoming everyone back to campus after a well deserved holiday on Monday 4th January 2021.

Gillian May | Principal

*This does not include our apprentices, Higher Education (degree level) learners or those studying one of our part-time qualifications such as RHS or Landbased Training.

 

COVID-19 | 6th November 2020
STUDENT/PARENT/CARER COMMUNICATION

Dear Students, Parents and Carers,

As we enter this second lockdown period we would like to give you an update on the safety measures the College is taking in order to keep our College safely open for learning.

We have appreciated your support and we have been impressed by the level of maturity and compliance shown by our students. We look forward to welcoming them back from Monday 9th November.

We want to ensure our students continue to benefit from their time at BCA, both academically and socially. To achieve this we have introduced a new measure:

  •  Curriculum areas (known as ‘pods’) will be colour coded.  Areas will be clearly marked and students will be issued with a coloured lanyard which will relate to the colour of their pod. This will remind students to stay in their designated areas and will also help staff to maintain the integrity of the pods.

We ask everyone in the College for their continued support in maintaining the government ‘hand, face and space’ requirements. It is essential that we continue to maintain good hygiene, face coverings where required and give each other space so that we can continue to successfully manage the infection risks associated with the virus. We hope that everyone appreciates that these are good habits that we all need to adopt whether in college or in any other public space.

As you are aware we continually assess our COVID-19 protocols with reference to local trends and government guidance.  Please find below the application of the most recent guidelines.

Set out below are the requirements that must continue to be maintained at all times:

  1. Face coverings must be worn at all times by everyone when indoors except where directed by the tutor in charge of the learning environment or in staff offices.  It is mandatory that students, staff and visitors wear a face covering (unless exempt) in all communal areas to include building lobbies, cafes, the LRC and toilets.

  2. Face coverings must be worn when queuing for the buses and coaches and at all times during the coach/bus journey.

  3. Students should only attend one of the three cafes to purchase food and drink, they must return immediately to their ‘pod’ to eat (they must not eat on the way back to the ‘pod’ or share bites with friends).  They should not be accompanied to the cafes by other students who are not purchasing food.  They must wear a face covering at all times as the cafes are a communal space.

  4. All absence must be reported via the College website, even on remote online working days. This information is vital to safeguarding all students and staff at BCA. Click here for a direct link.

We will continue to monitor government guidance and the rate of transmission and we will update you again if further measures are required.

Students are encouraged to complete our latest Learner Voice survey and provide feedback on their experience of studying at BCA over the last term. Link here (student account required to access).

Kind regards

Anne Entwistle | Vice Principal

 

COVID-19 | 20th July 2020
STUDENT/PARENT/CARER COMMUNICATION

The College has been working on a new site re-opening risk assessment following the Covid-19 pandemic. The current version is accessible by clicking the link below, it will, however, be regularly reviewed and updated accordingly.

Click here to view the Site re-opening risk assessment – 05/11/2020.

 

COVID-19 | 10th June 2020
STUDENT/PARENT/CARER COMMUNICATION

Everyone at the College is working hard to ensure that we can open safely for all students, staff and visitors in September.  We will be following the Government’s guidelines at all times and in the event that we are required to maintain social distancing, we will be operating a flexible timetable.

We are looking forward to our enrolment in August and will be in touch with every applicant to set up an appointment for you to meet with your tutor as part of the enrolment process.  We wish you all a safe and enjoyable summer and look forward to welcoming you to the College.

Best wishes

Gillian May
Principal

 

COVID-19 | 1st MAY 2020
STUDENT/PARENT/CARER COMMUNICATION

BUS PASS REFUNDS

Due to the current Coronavirus crisis resulting in the College closure for the remainder of Term 2 and all of Term 3 we are offering a refund for bus passes already purchased for the closure period.

In order to claim a refund please email our finance department, email address, finance_team@bca.ac.uk with the following details:

  • Type of pass you purchased, Annual or Term 2.
  • Which term you are claiming for.
  • How you paid, i.e. Online, by card, cheque or cash.
  • Student name
  • Student number
  • Bank Account details for a refund via BACS – to include: –
    • Payee name
    • (if payee surname different from student surname give relationship to the student)
    •  Sort Code
    • Account number.

Once we receive your email we will locate your original payment to check the details and process your refund.  We will endeavour to run a payment run for refunds at the end of each working week.  BACS payments take three working days to reach your account.  As we are currently running on skeleton staff and working remotely please bear with us if there are any delays in refunding.

Disclaimer – this refund is an exception due to the situation and does not change our no refund policy as laid out in the terms & conditions signed at enrolment.

 

COVID-19 | 14th APRIL 2020
STUDENT/PARENT/CARER COMMUNICATION

PLEASE READ THIS COMMUNICATION VERY CAREFULLY

Dear Students, Parents and Carers,

The campus remains closed to all but a small number of students until further notice following the Government’s announcement regarding the Coronavirus. 

Our online learning timetable will resume on Monday 20th April at 9am for all students. Tutors and teaching staff will continue to remain in touch with students during the closure to facilitate  learning from home.

Staff continue to work remotely at this time, so are contactable via email, they may take slightly longer to respond than normal as they will be teaching online. If you are unsure of the email address of a member of staff please contact enquiries@bca.ac.uk and you will be put in touch, normally within 24 hours. 

Please check our  website, social media and your emails regularly for updates.  Thank you for giving your support and positive feedback to our teams which is very much appreciated. 

Best wishes

Gillian May
Principal

 

COVID-19 | 18th MARCH 2020
STUDENT/PARENT/CARER COMMUNICATION

PLEASE READ THIS COMMUNICATION VERY CAREFULLY

Dear Students, Parents and Carers,

We have been monitoring the national advice very carefully which states (as of March 16th) that schools and colleges should remain open.

There was a significant change in the general guidance on Monday afternoon, including:

  • Students and staff with a fever or persistent cough should stay at home for 7 days if they live alone or 14 days if they live with others. Anyone who lives with someone displaying coronavirus symptoms should also stay at home for 14 days. People who have to isolate themselves should ask others for help.
  • Everyone should stop non-essential contact with others. This is particularly important for people over 70, those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women.
  • By the weekend, those with the most serious health conditions should be largely shielded from social contact for 12 weeks.

In recent days, we have been balancing the requirements of the national advice, the health and well-being of both staff and students, and the concern to maintain students’ learning and achievement.

Following the latest change in the guidance, we are now preparing for staff and students to work from home from Monday 23rd March until and inclusive of Friday 3rd April, being the start of the Easter academic Holiday.

In order to allow staff time to prepare resources for students we will make Friday 20th March 2020 an INSET day. This means the last day of physical attendance for our students will be Thursday 19th March. This INSET day will provide teams with sufficient time to ensure that online resources and where appropriate paper resources are available to our students.

If you haven’t already, you will receive specific information relating to your learning via the Head of Department. 

For any applicant who has an interview booked between Monday 23rd March through to Friday 3rd April, please be aware that these are now cancelled.  You will be contacted shortly to make alternative arrangements but in the meantime, please be patient whilst we address this situation

We are doing our best to plan for what is a very fast challenging environment.  However, as it is likely that the national guidance may change we may need to make further changes. We are continuing to monitor the information provided by Public Health England (PHE) to ensure that we are following the latest advice and guidance regarding the virus Covid-19.  We will keep you updated as soon as we can and answer any questions you may have.

Also, due to the current Coronavirus crisis resulting in the College closure for the remainder of Term 2 we are prepared to arrange refunds for 11 days travel on Term 2 and Annual Bus Passes.

In order to claim for a refund, please email our Finance department on finance_team@bca.ac.uk with the following details:

  • Type of pass you purchased, Annual or Term 2
  • How you paid, i.e. Online, by card, cheque or cash.
  • Student name
  • Student number
  • Bank Account details for refund via BACS – to include: –
    • Payee name
    • (if payee surname different from student surname give relationship to student)
    •  Sort Code
    • Account number.
    • We do NOT require the CVV number

Once we receive your email we will locate your original payment to check the details and process your refund.  We will endeavour to run a payment run for refunds at the end of each working week.  BACS payments take three working days to reach your account.  As we are currently running on skeleton staff please bear with us if there are any delays in refunding.

Disclaimer – this refund is an exception due to the situation and does not change our no refund policy as laid out in the terms & conditions signed at enrolment.

Update – Friday 20th March:

From today, the student absence text service has been suspended whilst the College is closed to students. Any absences reported via the text service will not be picked up.

Students need to inform their tutors directly via email or Google Hangouts if they are unable to attend a planned Google Meet session.

If you have any questions or concerns please let us know.

Kind regards,

Gillian May
Principal