Dear Learners

I know many of you have lots of questions relating to the corona virus and the services we provide as Bristol Adult Learning.

As you can imagine there are lots of discussions about this within the Employment, Skills and Learning team and across the Council.  To ensure we are supporting and responding to national government advice, ensuring risk reduction whilst also maintaining services for people.

We will continue to meet regularly to monitor and respond to the changing situation and advice.

At present Adult Learning Courses and the Stoke Lodge Centre plan to remain open and operating for the remainder of this week. We are reviewing this situation on a daily basis and following Council advice.

We are working to ensure we can respond quickly should advice change during the week.

We have put some additional arrangements into action to reduce risks including:

Increasing the sanitising of classrooms and key touch points with antibacterial materials.

Continuing to encourage all staff and learners to wash their hands regularly with soap and water – this remains the most effective way of reducing the spread of germs.  If that is not possible to use sanitising gel where available.

The advice to self-isolate continues to be:

  • if you have a high temperature or a new and persistent cough.
  • if you have recently returned from effected countries and regions.
  • if you have been in contact with someone who is confirmed to have coronavirus.

The latest NHS guidelines are available here www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

In addition the government has issued social distancing measures for people who are particularly at risk.  Full details can be found at the link

categories listed as being at increased risk of severe illness from Coronavirus

I do understand people are worried and anxious, these are very unusual times.

We will continue to review and monitor this in line with changing advice.

Kind regards

Jenny Wilkes

Team Leader – Adult Learning