Coronavirus Update

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Update 18/03/20 - College campuses to close for most students

In line with the updated advice from the government today we can confirm that Milton Keynes College campus buildings will close to most students from Monday.

Friday will also be an inset day meaning that students need not attend classes.

We await further detail from government on what the advice to ‘look after children of key workers’ might mean for us and further information will be communicated as soon as we have it.

We will be working hard to maintain education services during this period. Our lecturers will be supported to share lessons via our Virtual Learning Environment- Moodle and lessons should continue remotely from Monday morning as timetabled.

Students will receive communication to set expectations from working and learning at home from Monday morning. Any exams/assessments planned before Easter will not be going ahead, with more information on future examination arrangements as we have it.

We will also continue to maintain our enquiry and admissions telephone lines and emails.

We would like to be clear to students who have applied to college or who are considering applying for courses starting in September and who are nervous of what cancelled exams might mean. We will have a place for you. Please apply via the website as normal and we will be in touch with you as we have more information.

We will work closely with our employer partners and apprentice employers to aim to limit disruption and provide as much support as possible.

As this is an evolving situation we would like to remind you of our official channels where we will share any updates as they occur.

We will post all updates to  www.mkcollege.ac.uk/coronavirus  -  whilst we will also share updates via our official social media channels on Facebook (www.facebook.com/mkcollege) and Twitter (@mkcollege).
Advice to reduce exposure to and transmission of the virus include:

-Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water

-Follow basic hygiene rules – covering your mouth when coughing/sneezing

-Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough

If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early - in the UK call 111 - and share previous travel history with your health care provider

Note:

This advice is derived from The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice here.
Supplementary Q&A for individuals wishing to know more around how the UK is managing the risk can be found here.

The government is advocating social distancing measures, particularly for those aged 70+ or with underlying health conditions.

Additionally, those with the following symptoms:

  • A temperature
  • A persistent dry cough

Should now self-isolate for 14 days. The 14 day isolation is also in place if anyone in your household also has these symptoms.

A table with more detail on the latest social distancing advice is below:

* if one member of your family or household has a new continuous cough or high temperature
** if you live alone and you have a new continuous cough or high temperature
*** if you live alone and you have a new continuous cough or high temperature
**** for example via telephone or internet
1 ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year

More detail on the pre-existing medical conditions covered by this advice can also be found here 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

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