Statement from RNC: Coronavirus (Covid 19) – 24 March 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org stating the name of the staff member you wish to contact in the subject line.
For other specific requests, please see below:
As we will not be collecting the mail, please ensure any invoices for payment are sent electronically to email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please direct all fundraising enquiries to email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need to contact the team at thePoint4, please email email@example.com
For all media enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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:
- NHS: Coronavirus information
- UK Government: UK Government Response
- Public Health England: Coronavirus Q&A
- Public Health England: Self-isolation information
- UK Government: Travel advice
- UK Government: Guidance for educational settings
- UK Government: Find out the steps the UK government is taking
- World Health Organization: Find out more about Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
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.
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.