Staff at a leading Harrogate charity are paving the way for the return of students to its classroom this month.
From Tuesday, July 14, up to half-a-dozen learners will resume their lessons at Disability Action Yorkshire’s Hornbeam Park headquarters and training centre.
Whilst the main classroom can accommodate up to 30 learners, plus teachers and support staff at any one time, this is now being significantly reduced to allow for social distancing measures and to ensure the health and safety of those in the building.
Since the start of the March lockdown, the three-dozen strong cohort of learners have been continuing their accredited courses – which include cookery, animal care, employability and life skills – via home schooling.
And whilst the majority have continued with subjects started before the enforced closure, others have enrolled onto new courses, all taught remotely through the “Slack” online platform.
Home learning has been particularly beneficial to students who had previously found it challenging to learn in a classroom setting. The charity is now looking to continue to offer this for students from outside the District.
Disability Action Yorkshire chief executive Jackie Snape said: “Whilst home learning has been a great success, we are looking forward to welcoming a limited number of learners back a week on Tuesday.
“Staff have already started returning to the office, and are busy preparing the learning environment to ensure it is Covid-19 compliant. We would love to have all our learners back at the same time, but this just can’t be done at the moment.
“We are also working to reopen our furniture warehouse again on Tuesday, August 4. Again, we will have to put certain measures in place, including the purchase of a fogging machine to ensure soft furnishings are kept Covid-19 free.”