October 23rd - Statement for Learners
As you will be aware the Welsh Government announced on Monday 19th October that significantly enhanced restriction measures will be implemented in Wales from 6pm on Friday the 23rd of October until midnight on the 8th of November.
These measures will include the half-term holiday and cover a two-week period, ending on Sunday 8th November. These restrictions, or fire- break, are intended to help to bring the Covid-19 virus under control in an attempt to reduce the number of people catching the virus, being taken to hospital with severe coronavirus symptoms and to minimise pressures on our health and social care staff.
Between 6pm on Friday 23rd October and midnight on Sunday 8th November, there will be 5 key restrictions:
- people must stay at home except for very limited purposes
- people must not visit other households or meet other people they do not live with
- certain businesses and venues, including bars, restaurants and most shops must close
- colleges will provide learning online only for the week after half-term
- face coverings continue to be mandatory in the indoor public spaces that remain open (subject to certain exemptions and exceptions), including on public transport and in taxis
We are urging all learners to follow these restrictions during this fire-break period.
Between 3rd November – 6th November (Monday 2nd November is a planned inset day), all lessons for learners at Coleg y Cymoedd will be delivered through distance learning. This will require learners to access learning opportunities remotely, through digital means using ICT or through work packs sent to your home. No lessons will take place on campus.
On 9th November learners will be able to attend face to face lessons on campus.
Free school meal arrangements will be put in place during this period Monday 26th October – Friday 6th November for all learners who are eligible, and this will be paid via BACS payment. Learners eligible for free school meals should ensure that learners services have their bank details by contacting …… Also for those learners who wish to apply for this support, please follow instructions at bottom of this announcement.
Please find attached detailed information and frequently asked questions from Welsh Government.
Take care of yourselves, stay safe and we look forward to you returning to remote learning after half term and to campus on Monday 9 November.
Free School Meal Applications
Under the ‘ALREADY ENROLLED’ panel, Click the LOGIN button.
Enter their College Network Login Username & Password
You will then need to:
- Go to the FCF Menu and check their eligibility and make an application for Free Meals
- Go to the ‘Evidence Menu’ and Upload evidence of their entitlement to benefits
- Go to the ‘Free Meals Bank Account’ menu item and enter Bank Account Details
Once approved, you will have the Meal Allowance setup at the till systems in the College Refectories and will receive payments in lieu of the Meal Allowance during holiday’s and any periods of lockdown.
SEPTEMBER 8TH - UPDATE ON PLANNED CAERPHILLY BOROUGH LOCKDOWN
Following clarification from Welsh Government, all Coleg y Cymoedd staff and learners can travel into and out of Caerphilly Borough in order to attend college, as long as they do not have symptoms of Covid-19 and have not been asked to self-isolate.
This means that we will still be operating all campuses as per our new normal - strictly following all the social distancing protocols, hand hygiene, face coverings in communal areas, and other measures dependent on risk assessments.
Caerphilly council has confirmed that transport will still be operating in and out of the county.
The lockdown restrictions will be reviewed on 24 September and weekly thereafter.
For learners who are undertaking induction this week, please ensure you visit our Getting Ready for College page before you attend induction
August 27th - Statement on Face Coverings at Coleg y Cymoedd
Following the recent Welsh Government announcement and associated media coverage, we have decided at Coleg y Cymoedd to introduce the mandatory use of face coverings in all communal areas of the college campuses for staff and learners.
The college will be providing two washable face coverings for all learners at their inductions next week, together with instructions of how to safely use them.
There will of course be some exceptions where this type of face covering is not suitable and these might relate to personal circumstances / health of some learners – alternatives can be discussed on an individual basis. [read more]