Following Government guidance, Adult Community Learning suspended its classroom provision on Friday 20 March 2020 and has now closed all its centres across Essex. Our main priority is the safety and wellbeing of our learners, staff and the general public.
ACL recognises that this current situation is unprecedented, with people unable to go about their lives as they normally would. However, we wish to ensure, as far as possible, that you can continue to access your learning, opportunities and interests whilst at home through online or virtual delivery.
We are in the process of reviewing our curriculum to move it to a digital delivery wherever possible and will, if we haven’t already done so, be in contact with you very soon. We want to make sure that you are aware of the options available to you; this could include online course alternatives, a credit to your ACL account or a refund if necessary.
We will be in contact with you in due course. However, due to reduced staffing, there may be a short delay in contacting you, but rest assured, we will endeavour to provide the information and support that you need.
If you have been trying to contact us, we are experiencing very high call volumes at present so please only call if your enquiry is urgent. If you have an urgent matter, please contact us via email at email@example.com
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If there’s a course or tutorial that you think we could offer online or virtually then please send us a message – firstname.lastname@example.org. We are already receiving some great suggestions from our learners; we thank you for all the support.
Please stay safe and we look forward to supporting your learning journey over the coming weeks.
Adult Community Learning has taken the unfortunate but necessary decision to suspend its classroom-based course provision until further notice. All centres will be closed to learners and the general public as of Friday, 20th March. This does not include those who are in vulnerable groups as outlined in recent government guidance. Our teams are in the process of contacting these learners to ensure that adequate support and care is in place.
- Distance and online-learning will be available for some courses; development of additional online-learning material and courses is already underway.
- ACL Nurseries and pre-schools will remain open to support vulnerable children and key workers’ childcare needs.
- Apprentices will continue to study towards their qualifications and be supported remotely.
We are working through the implications and will endeavour to provide the support and advice for all learners at this challenging time. We will continue to share information on our official channels and contact all our learners directly over the coming days. We appreciate your understanding and patience.
Following the Government’s announcement last night of new measures to tackle the rapidly escalating coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are taking necessary actions to prioritise the welfare of our learners, staff and members of the public to help limit the spread of the virus. We will share information on our official channels shortly and contact all our learners directly. We appreciate your understanding and patience at this time.
You will already be aware of the new advice and guidance issued by the Government on coronavirus (COVID-19) on Monday 16 March.
We are working through what this means for Adult Community Learning, and will be communicating more details to you as soon as possible. In the meantime, we thank you for your continued patience while we complete this important work.
All ACL Essex centres are currently operating as normal. ACL is following the guidelines set out by Essex County Council. This advice reflects the guidance published by NHS England and the Government. We are constantly monitoring this official guidance, and should this be updated, we will make the necessary changes. ACL asks learners to follow the current advice which is available on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
UK government response, commonly asked questions, and guidance
Learn about the government response to coronavirus on GOV.UK.
Coronavirus cases update
The Department of Health and Social Care publish updated data on the number of coronavirus cases on their website each day at 2pm.
National advice on handwashing
Wash your hands more often than usual, with soap and water or hand sanitiser, especially on the following occasions when you:
• Get home or into work
• Blow your nose, sneeze or cough
• Eat or handle food
Department for Education helpline
The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff and learners can contact the helpline as follows: