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Coronavirus Update

Leeds College of Building is now closed and staff are working remotely.

Further information for students, parents, carers and employers can be found here.

Any further announcements will be available on the website and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, so please do follow us for updates. 

Coronavirus Closure

For the attention of students, parents, carers and employers

Following the Prime Ministers announcement on Monday 23 March, Leeds College of Building is now closed.

Students and apprentices are encouraged to continue their studies, supported by their tutors, assessors and advisors through the online support which has been set up for them.

For information about how to access this, please contact the appropriate Assistant Faculty Director below who will be able to answer or direct your query.

  • Construction Crafts (Brickwork, Joinery, Painting & Decorating, Plastering, Roofing and Wall & Floor Tiling) - Steve Connell at sconnell@lcb.ac.uk
  • Building Services (Plumbing, Electrical, Heating and Ventilation, Refrigeration, Gas) - Phil Bray at pbray@lcb.ac.uk
  • Higher Education and Construction Design Management - Chris Tunningley at ctunningley@lcb.ac.uk

The majority of staff will be working remotely and will be available to support you. Where your tutor is unable to do this, the College will seek to find alternative support for you. Please note that during the Easter holidays (6th - 17th April), all staff will be on holiday and there will be a delay in replying to your email. If your query is urgent, please contact ndavis@lcb.ac.uk.

Students and apprentices can find further information on how to access College work remotely here, including details on how to download Microsoft Office products free of charge : www.lcb.ac.uk/student-life/working-from-home

Students can access telephone support from Student Services including accessing food vouchers, sanitary products or general advice by calling  0113 222 6002.

Apprentices can contact Work Based Learning on 0113 222 6041 for further information and support.

Exams & assessments - following the announcement about exams being cancelled, we are working with all awarding organisations to determine the next steps. Currently, only GCSEs are confirmed as cancelled and all other qualifications are continuing through remote and online learning. All students need to complete the work set for them by tutors and continue to engage in their online learning. If you have any specific questions, please contact ndavis@lcb.ac.uk

Parents/carers - key workers

We would like to thank all parents and carers for making alternative arrangements for their child. If your own individual circumstances change, please contact ndavis@lcb.ac.uk for additional guidance.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Employers

Employers can contact Work Based Learning on 0113 222 6041 for further information and support. The government has also published the following guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-employees-employers-and-businesses

Further information & guidance

We will also be communicating via the College Facebook and Twitter accounts, so please do follow us for updates.

We understand that the outbreak of COVID-19 can create worry & distress, we have created a page on our website with information and resources to help all members of the College community.

https://www.lcb.ac.uk/health-wellbeing/

Please be mindful of what you read online, the key websites to get information from are provided below.

Public Health England Guidance/NHS

The advice from Public Health England is to follow these guidelines:

  • If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service NHS.UK/coronavirus. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. 

Good hygiene is important at all times but, due to the current situation, we would ask for your support in playing our part in minimising the risk of the virus spreading at this time.

DFE Helpline

If you have any questions relating to the virus, the Department for Education (DFE) has launched a helpline, which is available to staff, parents and students.

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

 

Many thanks for your patience and understanding at this time.

Nikki Davis Vice Principal Teaching, Learning and Quality