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Dear Parents/Carers,

At 6am this morning my site supervisor arrived on site to ensure the school was safe to open today. The boilers were all checked and an assessment was made about the site being ready for normal school opening times. At 6.15am, following conversations with members of my senior leadership team and Chair of Governors we decided to delay the start of school by 1 hour. This was communicated to parents via text, on our website and through social media.

At 7am, myself and two members of the senior team arrived on site and started to help clear snow and grit the pathways around school. At 7.30am, we heard from the bus company that buses to St Cleer, St Neot and Menheniot areas would be delayed by a further hour. This was communicated to parents shortly after.

At 9.30am, I held a briefing with staff and discussed arrangements for the day. All classes were covered and we agreed that students could throw snowballs at break and lunch on the field only, keeping the internal quad area free for those who didn't wish to get hit by snow. The Year 11 Art exams due to start today were postponed and students were informed through social media.

At 11.15am, we spoke to the bus company and were informed that all pick ups had been made, with the exception of the St Cleer area. As soon as we heard this, we sent a further message out on social media. They have reassured us that all the return journeys home will run as normal. 

Over 85% of students have made it to school as I write. Lessons this morning have gone really well and I enjoyed a great snowball fight with students at break time. Although, I have to admit, I was well and truly beaten!

The decision to open in adverse weather conditions is always a tricky one. You can be damned if you do and damned if you don't. I knew early on we could make the site safe and that the vast majority of staff could make it in. The forecasts were also telling us the rest of the day would bring dry weather and even some sunshine. I therefore made a decision to open.

Many thanks for your support.

 

Yours,

Alex Lingard

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Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
Luxstowe
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 3EA

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