Restricted Opening due to COVID-19
As you will no doubt be aware, the ongoing public health situation is changing daily, and Island schools are receiving regular updates from the Government of Jersey and CYPES.
In addition to previous guidance on self-isolation, many teaching staff with underlying health conditions across Jersey have now been asked to work from home, as a precautionary measure to safeguard their health. The staffing shortages that have resulted means that Victoria College will be unable to remain open for all our year groups from tomorrow (Thursday 19th March). We will be unable to meet our essential staff-student ratio, in place to ensure classes can be supervised and basic health and safety requirements can be met.
We have had to take the difficult, but necessary, decision at this time to require the following year groups to work from home from Thursday 19th March, and for the foreseeable future.
- Year 9
- Year 10
- Year 12
The College will remain open for our two youngest cohorts (Years 7 & 8) and also for our two cohorts about to undergo public examinations (Years 11 & 13). From Monday 23rd March, school will only be open for Years 11 & 13. We will endeavor to keep to their usual timetable as much as we can.
The updated Home Learning Guidelines that were sent to you on Tuesday 17th March will shortly come into effect for the absent year groups, to ensure continuation of academic provision.
Whilst College will remain open for pupils in Years 7, 8, 11 and 13, should parents of boys in those year groups wish to keep their son away from College, we will support that decision. Please follow the usual process of contacting the College Office on 638200 or firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us of any pupil absence.
I understand that parents are concerned and anxious at this difficult and uncertain time. My thanks for your ongoing support and I will, as always, keep you informed of any developments or updates as soon as I have them.
Alun D Watkins
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