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In line the with the latest government guidance, we're changing how we support students who receive free lunches. We are busy contacting all those eligible to arrange direct payments.
However, we have been made aware that people have used this current uncertainty to try to access students' financial details by sending fraudulent emails claiming to be on behalf of schools & colleges. We want to reassure those students we have spoken to this week, regarding their free lunch entitlement.
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In line with the latest government guidance, we have now transitioned from class-based teaching to on-line learning and we will continue to support our learners & apprentices to complete their courses over the coming weeks.
We are proud of our place at the heart of our community and, although the majority of our staff will be working from home, College will remain open to enable our vulnerable learners to access crucial services. Our Safeguarding & Pastoral team and Learning Support staff will be on hand to ensure learners feel safe during these uncertain times.
For current students at LMC, whose parents or carers are classified by the government as “key workers”, we will provide a safe environment for private study during College hours, should they require it.
For learners in receipt of free meals, we have put plans in place to ensure they are able to access lunch in their local community and we will be in contact with the details.
”Our first priority is to safeguard the health & wellbeing of our learners, apprentices and staff and we will continue to follow government guidance on how best to adapt the College’s functions to suit the ever-changing situation. Despite the current uncertainty over GCSE & A levels, our admissions team is still busy processing applications for courses starting in September 2020 and we would encourage prospective learners to apply as soon as possible.”
Principal, Wes Johnson
Whilst we are not aware of any confirmed cases of Coronavirus amongst our staff and students, given the latest government guidance, LMC recognises that we need to make changes to how we normally operate.
What this means for our community:
We will review this arrangement before students are due to return on Monday 20th April, after the planned Easter break, and updates will be posted on our website and social media platforms.
This decision has been taken to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and the wider community.
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to specific areas. Please check the FCO guidance for your destination.
We pride ourselves on our excellent links with our International partners and the opportunities this offers to our staff and students. We have a number of European trips planned over the coming months and will monitor the situation on a daily basis. We will follow Public Health England guidance and will update staff and students on any changes.
Stay indoors, avoid contact with other people (self-isolate) and call NHS 111 if you have returned from the areas listed below even if you do not have symptoms:
Stay indoors, avoid contact with other people (self-isolate) and call NHS 111 if you have returned from the areas listed below in the last 14 days and experience cough or fever or shortness of breath even if symptoms are mild:
Please note this guidance also applies if you have been in transit through one of the countries specified – for example, changing planes.
Should you develop symptoms while on campus, please let a member of staff know immediately and they will inform our Health, Safety & Wellbeing team who will provide you with a safe place to sit away from other people. They will contact NHS 111 and advise of the appropriate actions. Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when you cough or sneeze and put the tissue in your bag or pocket. then throw the tissue in the bin. If you don’t have any tissues available, cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
Should you develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath while on campus, and you have returned to the UK from one of the areas specified by Public Health England in the last 14 days, please let a member of staff know immediately and they will inform our Health, Safety & Wellbeing who will provide you with a safe to sit away from other people. They will contact NHS 111 and advise of the appropriate actions. Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when you cough or sneeze and put the tissue in your bag or pocket. then throw the tissue in the bin. If you don’t have any tissues available, cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
We understand that this is a worrying time and we are here to support staff & learners. Please be mindful of how your actions & language may be perceived and remember that Lancaster & Morecambe College does not tolerate discrimination or harassment.
Anyone who has concerns should contact their personal tutor and or speak with the Pastoral Support staff in The Hex.
The global spread of Coronavirus is an understandable concern for many people so if you, or anyone else in your family, is worried about the impact on your mental health & wellbeing, these resources may be helpful.
The NHS have a dedicated Coronavirus page here: NHS
The latest government gudiance can be found here: GOV.UK
This is the WHO's general gudiance for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses.