Update for parents and guardians

Update for parents and guardians regarding Covid-19 situation and reopening: June 10, 2020

Further to my previous correspondence, I am sharing our latest update on the college’s position.

Following the latest Government advice that colleges should offer some face to face contact with small groups of students, we are aiming to reopen to specific learners from the week commencing Monday, June 15.

We understand the importance of our learners having some face to face access with their tutors and returning to college to get hands-on experience. However, the safety of all our students and staff must come first.

The senior leadership team at the college has been working tirelessly to ensure the safety of everyone and a number of risk assessments have been carried out. This will ensure any return to college can be managed safely and in line with Government guidance, particularly around social distancing.

Anybody who enters the college – whether it be a member of staff or student– must now watch a safety video and correctly answer a number of questions. An individual risk assessment will also be carried out.

If your child is one of the group of learners who are eligible to return from June 15, they will be contacted individually by their Student Mentor where the course details will be explained. These learners will greatly benefit by completing practical assessment by their tutors which cannot be carried out remotely.

When those eligible do return, they will not be following previous timetables, and their time in the college will be limited – again, this will be explained on an individual basis. Remote working will continue to supplement the practical tasks.

We understand that you may have many questions relating to your child’s safety once they return to the college, so we have produced a list of Frequently Asked Questions which we hope will provide more information.

If your child is not among those able to return, they will continue to work remotely as they have been doing for the past few weeks, supported online by their tutors.

Only learners that have been contacted by a member of college staff should attend college. If any learners turn up to college and have not been asked to do so, they will be sent home immediately.

We are also looking ahead to the next academic year, starting in September. We are planning to introduce a blended approach which will include a mix of remote learning offsite as well as learners physically coming into the college.

National, scientific advice is changing daily and this will be used as a basis for our more detailed plans. We will, of course, be releasing regular updates. The best way to keep up to date with the situation is through our website, where we have a dedicated Covid-19 page, www.lcwc.ac.uk/coronavirus

Once again, can I take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support of the college.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01946 839300.

Take care,

Chris Nattress