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Contacting PACA Adult Learning from 20/3/20

by Nick Fenn -

Dear all,

 Following the government's directive to close all schools and colleges due to Coronavirus, the PACA Adult Learning phone system will be switched to answerphone on Friday evening 20/03/20 till further notice.

If you need to contact us, please do so by email  which we will check as usual.

We wish you all good health in these challenging times.

PACA Adult Learning

Coronavirus update 18.03.20: Closure

by Nick Fenn -

Dear PACA Adult Learning student,

As you will have heard by now, all schools and colleges will be closed after Friday, so I confirm PACA Adult Learning will close our premises from Monday 23rd March, till we are allowed to open again.

Your tutors have been talking to you about the likelihood of this, and explaining how you will be able to continue your learning online. Please see below the information we have asked them to share with you (which is also available on Moodle):

Coronavirus contingency: guidance for students continuing classes through distance learning

 This document gives guidance on how you will need to continue your classes in the event we have to close our buildings. It details our expectations of you and how you will need to demonstrate to your tutor that you are working remotely in order continue progress on your learning journey.


Distance learning – what it entails

• You will access the resources you tutor has prepared on Moodle as usual for all your classes to maintain access to the curriculum 
• Your tutor will track your activity to ensure this is the case and that you have no problems here
• You will work during the normal lesson times and communicate with your tutor in this period to demonstrate attendance. Live feedback and guidance from your tutor will occur via email, telephone, text or Moodle forum in order for you to complete online tasks
• If you participate as described above the tutor will mark you present ‘distance learning’ in the register, otherwise you will be marked as absent
• You should receive feedback draft work as usual, and discuss progress and what is needed to improve with your tutor by phone, email, Moodle, skype etc..asagreed with your tutor
• You will have the same homework and deadlines as if you were physicallyattending class
• You will have the same formative assessments and get the same timely feedbackas you would if physically attending class
• You will receive feedback via planned progress reviews, along with reviewing any targets target set with your tutor remotely, just as you would if you were physically in class

Although coronavirus impacts are out of our control, we are very sorry for any inconvenience caused. If you have any questions on how you will continue to access your learning, please do not hesitate to contact your tutor.

We have also given guidance on how to use Google Classrooms for part of your lesson. If your tutor uses this  they will discuss with you. You can also see the guidance video we have produced on Moodle for you, for your convenience I have also put it below:

We thank you all for your support and understanding in this difficult time and we remain committed to providing you with access to the curriculum. With the help from your tutors, who are all are dedicated to ensuring you get the best teaching and support possible in the circumstances, we are determined help you keep you focussed and learning.

These remain extraordinarily unpredictable times, and we will endeavour  to keep you updated on the Adult Learning website:

As you will see we please have created a temporary banner at the top of the page for your convenience.

Of course you will also be able to contact us as usual via the Comed email which we will monitor during office hours:

It just remains for me to wish you good health and to assure you we will get through this together.

Best wishes and we hope to see you sooner rather than later,

Nick Fenn
Principal PACA Adult Learning 

Coronavirus update for students 16th March

by Nick Fenn -

Dear all,

Government advice has changed, and so we would like to update you as far as we can at this point:

  • PACA Adult Learning is open, however this is a fast moving situation and we expect that we will, in all likelihood, close temporarily in the near future, in line with schools across many parts of Europe and other parts of the world
  • All tutors have been given support to move their class content online where possible in order to support you with your studies remotely in the event of a sudden closure. Your tutor will be discussing this with you this week so you are prepared
  • Students must remain at home if they or any member of the household they live in has a new persistent cough or a high temperature (38°C or over i.e. hot to touch -
  • Students who are well and living in households where everyone is well should continue to attend classes as normal.
  • We have purchased hand sanitiser which will be available in the café area at Chalky Road and in Foredown Tower. We expect delivery early next week. As per government advice, please wash your hands regularly with soap for 20 seconds at a time as a minimum
  • If any student has a health condition you think we need to be aware of please let your tutor know. Our guidance is that if you are in a high risk group, such as over 70 years of age or with a underlying health condition, we fully understand you self-isolating and we do not expect you to come to class. However please do keep your tutor informed. 

NHS Self isolation

If your family does need to self-isolate please ensure for the safety of all families you follow the clear guidance available at:

Thank you all for your support over the years and at this time as we go through this difficult time together. We remain committed to doing our best for you with all the resources at our disposal.

Kind regards and wishing you good health,

Nick Fenn
Principal Adult Learning

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