Statement from RNC: Coronavirus (Covid 19) – 24 March 2020

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Following the announcement made by the Prime Minister on Monday 23 March, The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) has now fully moved to a system of remote learning and working. This means that the work of the College will continue as far as practicable.

College staff will be available during the usual office hours of 08:45 – 17:00, Monday to Friday and contactable via email.

If your request is URGENT please email reception@rnc.ac.uk stating the name of the staff member you wish to contact in the subject line. 

For other specific requests, please see below:

Accounts Department
As we will not be collecting the mail, please ensure any invoices for payment are sent electronically to accounts@rnc.ac.uk along with any other questions or queries.

Student Applications for 2020
For any help or advice on applying to RNC for September 2020 please email info@rnc.ac.uk

Fundraising Enquiries
Please direct all fundraising enquiries to fundraising@rnc.ac.uk

Staff and Student IT Helpdesk
If you are a member of staff or a student who needs assistance with technology whilst working remotely, please email tech@rnc.ac.uk  

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If you need to contact the team at thePoint4, please email enquiries@rnc.ac.uk

Media Enquiries
For all media enquiries, please email mediaenquiries@rnc.ac.uk

In the meantime, ongoing updates and developments will be published on the College website’s ‘News’ section and via social media channels.

Finally, we would like to thank you for your continued support and understanding during these unprecedented times.


Statement from RNC: Coronavirus (Covid 19)
19 March 2020

Over the coming days we will be assisting our students and SES customers to safely return to their homes. This is because we are no longer able to maintain safe staffing levels within our residential accommodation as a result of the number of staff who are having to follow social distancing or self isolation protocols under government guidance. We are closing the campus with great reluctance, but the health and safety of our students, SES customers and staff is paramount.

We realise that this might present concerns to students, SES customers and their families as we enter a critical time in their studies. We will therefore be continuing to deliver an adapted curriculum. Staff are currently preparing to deliver this remotely through Moodle (RNC’s virtual learning environment), email and OneDrive. Students and SES customers are being provided with the IT and Braille technology to meet their individual needs and ensure that they have an effective working medium in their home environment. 

In addition to maintaining our teaching provision, we will continue to provide wellbeing support to our students and SES customers and to maintain more general lines of communication which are not solely focused on their studies and training while they are at home.

While the campus will continue to be staffed in the short term, over the coming days our staff will transition to working remotely themselves. We will provide a central point of contact for all queries going forward.

This is a constantly changing situation, and we will provide updates as we receive further government guidance in relation to examinations, assessments and plans for the next academic year.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have offered support during these unprecedented circumstances.

Lucy Proctor
Charity Chief Executive


Statement from RNC: Coronavirus (Covid 19)
13 March 2020

The safety and wellbeing of our community is, and always will be, our highest priority.

We appreciate there are many questions and concerns surrounding Coronavirus. We want to assure you we are taking the advice of the Government and are keeping a very close eye on the developing situation. 

As this is a very fluid situation we would ask that you refer to up to date advice via the following links:

The current advice, as of 17 March is to stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • a new, continuous cough

Follow this link for the UK Government’s Stay at home guidance.

Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

 

2 responses to “Statement from RNC: Coronavirus (Covid 19) – 24 March 2020”

  1. Conna Jeffs says:

    Thank you for such a collaborative report. One query that’s eating away at a lot of us is the question of how likely at this point in time is it that students will return before September, when ideally the peak has come and gone. Especially if students aren’t scheduled to return in September; what would or could be the basis on that ?

    Again thank you for this report, places a light on current standings

    • timbroome says:

      Thanks for your question, Conna. We totally understand your concerns but, unfortunately, it’s too early for us to know what the next few months will bring as these are such exceptional circumstances. We will be keeping in regular contact with all students, and as the picture starts to clear we will give updates on what the options are.

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