Farnborough College of Technology will be carrying out a Remote Working Day on Friday 20th March.
This is happening so that the College can fully test the systems and processes that support students and staff to work from home.
The government has not advised schools or colleges to close amid the Coronavirus outbreak. However, it is our responsibility to start planning for a time when this situation might change. Given that the education system has never experienced the idea of closing during term-time, we are taking these measures to protect students’ ongoing learning in whatever situation we are presented with.
By carrying out this trial, the College will be in a much stronger position to continue teaching should the government instruct us to close. Therefore the College will be fully-closed to all staff and students on the 20th March.
We appreciate that this may cause disruption to families’ routines and plans, but the long-term advantages to this trial are that all of our students and staff will be better equipped to continue their studies in the event that we are required to close for a longer period of time. We have chosen a Friday since we believe this day of the week will cause the least amount of disruption to our students and their families.
The College will re-open as usual on Monday 23rd March.
Students and parents should make alternative arrangements for the day and not come into college. Work will be available via Moodle where a lesson would normally have taken place, and students on work placements should continue to visit their host employer unless told otherwise.
Visitors to the College’s salons and restaurant will be contacted to make alternative arrangements.