March COVID Update

Coronavirus Information for Students, Parents, Staff and Partners

19 March 2020

We appreciate that many people will have concerns about the fast-moving situation and guidance around the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The safety and well-being of our students, staff and other users of the college is our highest priority.

Following the government’s recent announcement to close schools and colleges, we are now moving to online and remote teaching and learning.

The following arrangements will be reviewed regularly and will be in place until further notice. Please regularly check this website for updates and notifications.

Any students that feel unwell and develop any symptoms should let the college know by sending an email to inform@bdc.ac.uk

Please make sure you log into Google Classroom - https://classroom.google.com/ - for assignments and teaching. Please refer to the guidance below on how to access Google Classroom.

Current BDC Students

  • Unless you have been informed otherwise, your last day of in-college timetabled teaching will be Thursday 19 March.
  • Online / remote teaching and learning will begin from Monday 23 March.
  • This is how your teachers will be setting your work, and receiving your work to mark.
  • If you are accessing any of our college support services, we will contact you.
  • Be reassured that our staff are here to continue to support you through your courses and qualifications, and in your progression to your next step.
  • The college will not close, we are all going to work in a different way.

Student support & Wellbeing

All Student Health and Wellbeing support services remain available and are now being delivered remotely using email or video call.

For support please contact healthandwellbeing@bdc.ac.uk with your student number and curriculum area (this can be found on your ID card) and a brief outline of concern.

Student Financial Support for Students

Student financial support payments will continue as normal, including free school meals payments.

Please email Student.financesupport@bdc.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Student Exams:

There will be no exams taking place at the college during this period.

The government has published further guidance about the exam process for this year. Please find out more here

Government Guidance on Exams

Please see guidance from Ofqual on Summer 2020 grades for GCSE, AS and A level, Extended Project Qualification and Advanced Extension Award in maths:

Ofqual Letter to Students: Summer 2020 Grading

Ofqual Guidance For Teachers, Students and Parents: Summer 2020 grades for GCSE, AS/A level, EPQ, AEA in maths

Information for Students with EHCPs and Other Vulnerable Students

For information about our arrangements at this time for these students, please follow this link Support for learners with EHCPs (Coronavirus Update)

  • Please do not worry about your place at Barking and Dagenham College. Your application is being processed and you are guaranteed a place (progressing and new) to study with us from September 2020. Your application will be processed and we will stay in touch regularly.
  • Where your place would usually have been dependent upon GCSE grades, and if you are not able to take exams this year, we will put other arrangements in place to assess your progression to a college course.

Clients, partners and suppliers:

Your relationship with Barking and Dagenham College is very important to us. Your point of contact with the college will be in touch soon. College staff are all on their college email accounts, so feel free to get in touch with your college contact, should you have any concerns.

Staff:

Please look out for emails from your manager and all staff briefings, on your work email.

Scams

During this period, fraudsters and scammers may contact members of the public to steal money. We are aware of one such scam that may involve fraudsters contacting parents by phone or email asking to submit bank details for students who are entitled to free school meals.

Barking and Dagenham College will not contact anyone for bank details in this way. If you receive any emails or calls such as this, please ignore and delete immediately.

Students at the college will continue to receive their entitlement to free school meals in the normal way.

Should you be concerned you can report any concerns to the police or local trading standards team.

Public Information

The following websites may be useful in supplying further information:

Latest advice and guidance from the Government

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Barking Foodbank

A Barking foodbank operates near to the college. More details are available here

https://barking.foodbank.org.uk/

Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Guidance for Educational Settings:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

Contacting the College by Telephone

The college switchboard will be monitored during the closure.

Please call 020 8090 3020 and clearly give your name, email address, name of the person you wish to speak to and details of your query. One of the team will monitor the calls and arrange to forward your enquiry.

Or, please email to ReceptionDesk@bdc.ac.uk.

Safeguarding

Our Safeguarding team remains contactable at this time. You can contact a Safeguarding Officer by emailing healthandwellbeing@bdc.ac.uk or by calling 020 8090 3020. Please leave your name, telephone number and say ‘safeguarding’ and the team will call you back.

Coronavirus Update from Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council and Director of Public Health

Darren Rodwell has broadcast a message to local residents about the council’s help and support networks during this unprecedented time. You can watch his update here: