Preston’s College has announced that all of their classes will be moving online as the coronavirus pandemic continues.Advertisement
The new measures will come into place from Monday, 19 October and will be in place for the week before half-term week.
During those two weeks, including the half-term, the college will be closed to everyone, with a small number of agreed on-site provision taking place in exceptional circumstances.
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All students regardless of their course will be learning remotely for that week.
A statement from the college says: “This short break in on-campus teaching is being implemented to allow Preston’s College to continue managing the global pandemic effectively and positively.
“It will reduce the need for travel to college, minimising both pressure on transport networks and social interactions, at what is clearly a critical point in attempts to suppress the spread of coronavirus nationally.
“As always, learner and staff safety remains a top priority and the significant measures implemented since September will remain in place following the half term break.”
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The college will be back open as normal from Monday, 2 November
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Principal Dr Lis Smith said: “It’s almost like a circuit breaker, it’s still a learning week but all of the learning will be done online.”
You can see the principal’s full statement below
If any pupils are struggling with IT they should let the college know this week in preparation.
The college’s car parks were used as a coronavirus testing site during full lockdown, but the testing centres moved elsewhere when the college resumed teaching in September.
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