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Covid-19 Update - 18th March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Partial school closure at Lutterworth College – Thursday 19th March 2020 through to Monday 23rd March 2020 inclusive for Years 9, Year 10 and Year 12

I wrote to you yesterday following the announcement of a number of changes to the approach being implemented by the UK government to combat COVID-19. Despite the robust measures announced in that communication, today has presented a real challenge for us at Lutterworth College. There are now severe staffing shortages across all areas of the school’s provision due to the new 14 day self-isolation mandate and the advice for people with long term underlying health conditions. It is important to note that there are no notified cases of Coronavirus in the school community.

We have managed to deliver all the timetabled lessons thus far this week due to the fantastic spirit and work ethic of the staff and have held out as long as we could in being fully open. Our students, during a time of great uncertainty, have been positive, resilient and have demonstrated fantastic attitudes.

However, it is with deep regret and sadness that I have to inform you that our staffing levels have been further depleted today and we have reached a point where it is no longer safe to attempt to deliver our curriculum provision for all year groups.

Therefore, Lutterworth College will be partially closed from Thursday 19th March 2020 until Monday 23rd March 2020 inclusive. The details of this partial closure are as follows:

• Lutterworth College will be open as normal for all Year 7, Year 8, Year 11 and Year 13 students. Students in these year groups will follow their normal timetable and be taught by subject specialists where available

• Lutterworth College will be closed for students in Year 9, Year 10 and Year 12 (excluding Year 12 students with public examinations this summer in BTEC Performing Arts or BTEC Dance). Work will be set for students to complete on Show My Homework.

• A further assessment of staffing levels will be made on Monday 23rd March 2020 and a further notification will be sent out regarding the situation from Tuesday 24th March 2020.

However, you can still send your child into school if they are in Year 9 or Year 10 if you work in the NHS or other public emergency service and your work commitments mean that it would not be possible for your child to remain at home. If this applies to you then you can send your child into school tomorrow as normal. Please be aware that we will not have the staffing capacity to deliver the normal curriculum. The Year 9 and 10 timetables will be collapsed and students will participate in group activities or the completion of homework tasks. Students should attend in school PE kit and report to the main school hall for an 8.40am registration.

I completely understand that this is an entirely unsatisfactory situation and I am disappointed to have to put these plans in place. Given that the national situation is so fluid, we have to respond to information as quickly as we are able to and always putting the interest of our students and staff first. The timing of the daily press conferences make decision making all the more complex. This means our plans are always subject to further change.

I greatly appreciate the messages of thanks and support that we have received from our parent community over the past few days. It is critical that we continue working together to guide and support our young people through these challenging times.

With best wishes
Nick Summers