COVID-19: Schools Update

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schools update

Latest update for all schools April 2

dan barton

Dear All,

Our update today includes the news that our colleges continue to accept applications from children and young adults. This will be welcome news; particularly for your Year 11s.  

Thanks as always to all of you who are working in our college admissions teams, directly in one of our hubs, on a rota, and those working 'behind the scenes' to ensure our children and young people are being so well cared for.

I finish with a reminder that in these difficult times you also need to take care of yourselves.  


Dan Barton, Assistant Director - Education and Skills
Cumbria County Council

Update on Further Education (FE) colleges

Students who have already applied for courses will be receiving further information, if they have not already. All the colleges are continuing to accept applications from young people and adults, including current year 11s. Students who have not applied are encouraged to apply through the colleges’ websites and they will receive a response as to the next stages. They may be offered an online or telephone interview, or an unconditional offer depending on the college and the individual’s circumstances.

The colleges are keen to emphasise that year 11 students must not worry about the lack of GCSE exams this summer. The colleges are working closely with schools and exam boards and will be taking this into consideration during these exceptional circumstances. Whilst the colleges’ campuses are currently closed to all but the most vulnerable students and those of key workers, they are still operating full admissions teams who will process applications in a timely manner and applicants will be kept fully informed as to their progress through college systems.

The Cumbria Further Education colleges are:

  • Lakes College, West Cumbria
  • Carlisle College
  • Kendal College
  • Furness College, including Barrow Sixth Form College
  • Newton Rigg College

HSE issues extension for First Aid at Work qualifications

The Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) have issued a statement regarding any First Aid at Work qualifications that were due to expire after 16 March. 

If you hold a first aid certificate that expires on or after 16 March  and cannot access requalification training because of Coronavirus you may qualify for a three month extension.

To qualify for the extension, you must be able to explain why you haven’t been able to requalify and demonstrate what steps you have taken to access the training, if asked to do so.

Legionella risk reduction

Given the extended closure period and significantly reduced occupancy in premises, in line with advice from the Legionella Control Association and our Water Hygiene contractor IWS, our council's Property Team are strongly advising all schools to carry out weekly flushing of your school water systems to reduce the risk of Legionella.

Many of you will flush through lesser-used outlets within your schools in line with your Legionella Risk assessments however due to this forced change of building use (school closures) these additional steps must be undertaken to maintain compliance and avoid the need to decommission/ recommission your water systems.

In addition to your existing procedures, all outlets (hot and cold taps as well as shower heads) should be run for five minutes each and a record of this action should be made for each outlet and added to your water hygiene log book. This record should include when this was carried out and by whom. An example template flushing record document has been provided to assist you.

For further advice on this process please contact CCC Property Team - Darren Leech or Sandy Sanderson or CCC H&S Team

A reminder to complete our data collection form

It is essential that we monitor demand for childcare on a daily basis. Please ensure you continue complete our attendance data form each day and return to Cumbria County Council:



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