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Helsby Hillside Primary School

Update letter 5 June 2020

Dear parents and carers

We are looking forward to welcoming some of our Year 1 and Year 6 pupils back into school on Monday after school has been closed for eleven weeks. We hope that the children are looking forward to it! We now have 26 Year 6 and 17 Year 1 pupils returning to school. 9 Reception pupils are returning on Monday 15th June. We will need one week’s notice for any other parents of children in these year groups who decide that they would like their child to return to school. This is due to the risk assessments in place and the need to prepare rooms and extra resources.

Unfortunately, I am unable to be in school next week. I am in hospital later this week for an operation that was delayed from April and need to self-isolate. I very much hope to be back in school as soon as possible.

I have prepared a short assembly for Monday morning for each group of children as we will not be having an assembly in the hall. This is for all year groups and can be watched at home too! The link is here:

https://youtu.be/i2D7FDZrFZc

As I said last week, teaching staff have planned a programme of work based on reintegration into school and pupil safety and wellbeing. We will then look to consolidate the most important learning from this year’s curriculum.

For pupils in Year 2, 3, 4 and 5, we still don’t have any further details about a return before the summer holidays. As soon as we know anything, we will contact you. Home learning for these year groups and for those children in Reception, Y1 and Y6 not in school, will continue and teachers will update the class pages regularly. Please try to support your child(ren) in doing this and do keep in touch with your child’s class teacher about how they are getting on.

We continue to remain open for the children of key workers and vulnerable pupils.

Year 1, Year 6 and ‘key worker’ pupils: arrangements for next week:

Drop off and pick up is to be staggered to avoid any unnecessary congestion.

Year 1:

One parent must drop their child(ren) off between 9am and 9.15am. Entry is through the ‘top’ KS1 gate. Parents do not need to enter the playground as a member of staff will be there to supervise the children. If you need to accompany your child to the classroom door for any reason, exit will be by the ‘bottom’ KS1 gate near the car park. Parents must not congregate at the gates and must vacate the premises as quickly as possible please. Maintain the two metre social distancing.

Collection at the end of the day will be from outside the classrooms. Year 1 children can be collected between 2.45pm and 3pm. Year 1 will be split into two groups. One in the Year 1 classroom and one in the Reception classroom. Staff will look out for you and will deliver the children to you. Please maintain social distancing. Again a one way system is in place with entry by the top gate and exit via the bottom gate please. Maintain the two metre social distancing.

Year 6:

One parent must drop their child(ren) off between 8.45am and 9.00am. Entry is through the main entrance or KS2 gate. Parents do not need to enter the playground as a member of staff will be there to supervise the children. Parents must not congregate at the gates and must vacate the premises as quickly as possible please. Maintain the two metre social distancing.

Collection at the end of the day will be from the KS2 gate. Year 6 children can be collected between 3.00pm and 3.15pm. Year 6 will be split into two groups. One in the Year 5 classroom and one in the Year 6 classroom. All children will be dismissed through the KS2 door. Staff will look out for you and will deliver the children to you. Maintain the two metre social distancing. Parents should not enter the playground.

Key Worker group:

One parent must drop their child(ren) off between 8.30am and 8.45am. Entry for this week only will be through the KS1 gate. This is so that this group can have their own set of toilets which will help us minimise risk. Parents do not need to enter the playground as a member of staff will be there to supervise the children. Parents must not congregate at the gates and must vacate the premises as quickly as possible please. Maintain the two metre social distancing.

Collection at the end of the day will be from the KS1 gate. All ‘Key Worker’ children will be dismissed through the Year 2 door and can be collected between 3.15pm and 3.30pm. Staff will look out for you and will deliver the children to you. Please maintain social distancing. Parents should not enter the playground.

Other information:

The children will need to be in suitable clothes for indoor and outdoor learning. Uniform is fine but not essential. Ideally clothes should be washed every night after school. Sensible shoes for physical activity please. A coat, hoodie or similar can be brought if necessary. The children can bring a water bottle and a snack for break time and a packed lunch if required. They should not bring anything else into school. They do not need a bag or reading folder.

Whilst the good weather appears to have deserted us for now, we will be encouraging learning and playing outside. Please consider whether you need to apply sun cream. If possible, an all-day lotion should be applied by parents before school in the morning. For any particularly vulnerable children, sun cream can be sent into school but will need to be applied by the child themselves. Staff will be able to supervise this but will not be able to apply the sun cream. Sun cream will be kept at the child’s work station to avoid any risk.

As I said last week, our main aim initially will be to settle the children back into the school routines and to focus on their wellbeing. We will of course try to maintain our Hillside motto of ‘Learn, Laugh and Play’! We will try to make learning fun! We are required to teach the children about handwashing and hygiene and staying safe by social distancing but we will do this as sensitively as we can. The children will be sat at individual desks which have been set out two metres apart. Each desk will have all the equipment that the child will need for their day in school. Break and lunchtimes will be staggered and lunch, where possible, will be eaten in the classroom.

There will be no snack available to buy at break time. Children can bring a healthy snack from home. School meals will be available as normal at lunchtime. All children in Reception and Year 1 can have a free infant school meal or may bring a packed lunch. Children in Year 6 can pay for a school meal as usual or may bring a packed lunch.

If a child becomes ill during the day they will be removed from their class and looked after in the Spruce room (near Mr Richardson’s office) until they can be collected. Any child with symptoms of Covid-19 must be tested as soon as possible. If the test is positive, the child must self-isolate for 14 days and cannot return to school. The rest of the group will also need to self-isolate for 14 days. If a negative test result is confirmed then the child can return to school straight away. Clearly the new ‘Test and Trace’ app may impact on this for staff and pupils. In some circumstances, we might decide to isolate the group earlier than the national guidance would indicate prior to the outcome of the test result being known.

When a child is sent home with suspected symptoms, school will contact all families within the group to let them know. It would really help us if parents can quickly check your child’s temperature and wellbeing before you bring them to school. If you think they may be unwell, please do not bring them to school.

I apologise for the amount of information being sent out but I wanted to make sure you had all the information you need. If there is anything else that you need to know, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Thanks again for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. I hope that this is the start of school returning to some sort of normality for the children.

Kind regards

Craig Richardson

Headteacher

 

Reopening letter to parents  / carers 2/6/20

Dear parents and carers

I hope that our Year 1 and Year 6 pupils that are returning to school next Monday are looking forward to it! Please be assured that we are following all guidance and have put in place a range of safety measures. We have 24 Year 6 and 15 Year 1 pupils returning to school. The teaching staff have planned a programme of work based firstly on reintegration into school and pupil safety and wellbeing. We will then look to consolidate the most important learning from this year’s curriculum so that our Year 1 pupils are ready for Year 2 and our Year 6 pupils are well prepared for high school in September. There will be a similar focus for Reception pupils from Monday 15 June.

For pupils in Year 2, 3, 4 and 5, we await to hear further details about any return before the summer holidays. As soon as we have any details, we will let you know. Home learning for these year groups and for those children in Reception, Y1 and Y6 not in school, will continue and teachers will update the class pages regularly. Please try to support your child(ren) in doing this and keep in touch with your child’s class teacher about how they are getting on. This learning will really help when school restarts.

We continue to remain open for the children of key workers and vulnerable pupils this week and going forward.

A reminder to Year 1 and Year 6 pupils about arrangements for next week:

Drop off and pick up is to be staggered to avoid any unnecessary congestion.

Year 1:

One parent must drop their child(ren) off between 9am and 9.15am. Entry is through the ‘top’ KS1 gate. Parents do not need to enter the playground as a member of staff will be there to supervise the children. If you need to accompany your child to the classroom door for any reason, exit will be by the ‘bottom’ KS1 gate near the car park. Parents must not congregate at the gates and must vacate the premises as quickly as possible please.

Collection at the end of the day will be from outside the classrooms. Year 1 children can be collected between 2.45pm and 3pm. Year 1 will be split into two groups. One in the Year 1 classroom and one in the Reception classroom. Staff will look out for you and will deliver the children to you. Please maintain social distancing. Again a one way system is in place with entry by the top gate and exit via the bottom gate please.

Year 6:

One parent must drop their child(ren) off between 8.45am and 9.00am. Entry is through the main entrance or KS2 gate. Parents do not need to enter the playground as a member of staff will be there to supervise the children. Parents must not congregate at the gates and must vacate the premises as quickly as possible please.

Collection at the end of the day will be from the KS2 gate. Year 6 children can be collected between 3.00pm and 3.15pm. Year 6 will be split into two groups. One in the Year 5 classroom and one in the Year 6 classroom. All children will be dismissed through the KS2 door. Staff will look out for you and will deliver the children to you. Please maintain social distancing. Parents should not enter the playground.

 

 

Key Worker group:

One parent must drop their child(ren) off between 8.30am and 8.45am. Entry is now through the KS1 gate. This is so that this group can have their own set of toilets which will help us minimise risk. Parents do not need to enter the playground as a member of staff will be there to supervise the children. Parents must not congregate at the gates and must vacate the premises as quickly as possible please.

Collection at the end of the day will be from the KS1 gate. All ‘Key Worker’ children will be dismissed through the Year 2 door and can be collected between 3.15pm and 3.30pm. Staff will look out for you and will deliver the children to you. Please maintain social distancing. Parents should not enter the playground.

Other information:

The children will need to be in suitable clothes for indoor and outdoor learning. Uniform is fine but not essential. Ideally clothes should be washed every night after school. Sensible shoes for physical activity please. A coat, hoodie or similar can be brought if necessary. The children can bring a water bottle and a snack for break time and a packed lunch if required. They should not bring anything else into school. They do not need a bag or reading folder.

We are mindful of the recent good weather and hope this continues. Whilst we will be encouraging the children to find shade when learning and playing outside, the application of sun cream will be important. If possible, an all-day lotion should be applied by parents before school in the morning. For any particularly vulnerable children, sun cream can be sent into school but will need to be applied by the child themselves. Staff will be able to supervise this but will not be able to apply the sun cream. Sun cream will be kept at the child’s work station to avoid any risk.

As I said last week, our main aim initially will be to settle the children back into the school routines and to focus on their wellbeing. We will of course try to maintain our Hillside motto of ‘Learn, Laugh and Play’! We will try to make learning fun! We are required to teach the children about handwashing and hygiene and staying safe by social distancing but we will do this as sensitively as we can. The children will be sat at individual desks which have been set out two metres apart. Each desk will have all the equipment that the child will need for their day in school. Break and lunchtimes will be staggered and lunch, where possible, will be eaten in the classroom.

There will be no snack available to buy at break time. Children can bring a healthy snack from home. School meals will be available as normal at lunchtime. All children in Reception and Year 1 can have a free infant school meal or may bring a packed lunch. Children in Year 6 can pay for a school meal as usual or may bring a packed lunch.

If a child becomes ill during the day they will be removed from their class and looked after in the Spruce room (near Mr Richardson’s office) until they can be collected. Any child with symptoms of Covid-19 must be tested as soon as possible. If the test is positive, the child must self-isolate for 14 days and cannot return to school. The rest of the group will also need to self-isolate for 14 days. If a negative test result is confirmed then the child can return to school straight away. When a child is sent home with suspected symptoms, school will contact all families within the group to let them know. It would really help us if parents can quickly check your child’s temperature and wellbeing before you bring them to school. If you think they may be unwell, please do not bring them to school.

I hope that this provides all the information you need for the children’s safe return to school next week but please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Thanks again for your patience and understanding during this difficult period.

Kind regards

Craig Richardson

Headteacher

 

Reopening update letter to parents / carers 22/5/20

Dear parents and carers

Thank you to those of you have responded to our request about letting school know if you intend to send your child(ren) into school from the beginning of June. This has really helped us in the planning and risk assessment needed to ensure we can do this as safely as possible. The wellbeing , health and safety of our pupils and staff remain our priority.

We received communication from Cheshire West and Chester local authority last night advising school not to reopen before 8 June. I apologise for any difficulties caused by a slight delay in our reopening plans, particularly for parents returning to work. I did try to emphasise that all plans were subject to change as we started planning for a June return date.

I would now like to confirm our plans for reopening whilst adding a note of caution that these are still subject to change. I will continue to keep you updated regularly.

School will reopen to pupils in Year 1 and Year 6 starting on 8 June. This will give us time to see how the arrangements we have put in place are working. Our plan is that Reception pupils will then start back at school on Monday 15 June. I apologise again to any of the parents expecting school to start again for their children on 2 June. However, after completing all the necessary risk assessments we feel that this is the most sensible and reasonable course of action.

Drop off and pick up is to be staggered to avoid any unnecessary congestion.

Year 1:

One parent must drop their child(ren) off between 9am and 9.15am. Entry is through the ‘top’ KS1 gate. Parents do not need to enter the playground as a member of staff will be there to supervise the children. If you need to accompany your child to the classroom door for any reason, exit will be by the ‘bottom’ KS1 gate near the car park. Parents must not congregate at the gates and must vacate the premises as quickly as possible please.

Collection at the end of the day will be from outside the classrooms. Year 1 children can be collected between 2.45pm and 3pm. Year 1 will be split into two groups. One in the Year 1 classroom and one in the Reception classroom. Staff will look out for you and will deliver the children to you. Please maintain social distancing. Again a one way system is in place with entry by the top gate and exit via the bottom gate please.

Year 6:

One parent must drop their child(ren) off between 8.45am and 9.00am. Entry is through the main entrance or KS2 gate. Parents do not need to enter the playground as a member of staff will be there to supervise the children. Parents must not congregate at the gates and must vacate the premises as quickly as possible please.

Collection at the end of the day will be from the KS2 gate. Year 6 children can be collected between 3.00pm and 3.15pm. Year 6 will be split into two groups. One in the Year 5 classroom and one in the Year 6 classroom. All children will be dismissed through the KS2 door. Staff will look out for you and will deliver the children to you. Please maintain social distancing. Parents should not enter the playground.

Key Worker group:

One parent must drop their child(ren) off between 8.30am and 8.45am. Entry is now through the KS1 gate. This is so that this group can have their own set of toilets which will help us minimise risk. Parents do not need to enter the playground as a member of staff will be there to supervise the children. Parents must not congregate at the gates and must vacate the premises as quickly as possible please.

Collection at the end of the day will be from the KS1 gate. All ‘Key Worker’ children will be dismissed through the Year 2 door and can be collected between 3.15pm and 3.30pm. Staff will look out for you and will deliver the children to you. Please maintain social distancing. Parents should not enter the playground.

The children will need to be in suitable clothes for indoor and outdoor learning. Sensible shoes for physical activity please. A coat, hoodie or similar can be brought if necessary. The children can bring a water bottle and a snack for break time and a packed lunch if required. They should not bring anything else into school. They do not need a bag or reading folder.

Our main aim initially will be to settle the children back into the school routines and to focus on their wellbeing. We will of course try to maintain our Hillside motto of ‘Learn, Laugh and Play’! We will try to make learning fun! We are required to teach the children about handwashing and hygiene and staying safe by social distancing but we will do this as sensitively as we can. The children will be sat at individual desks which have been set out two metres apart. Each desk will have all the equipment that the child will need for their day in school. Break and lunchtimes will be staggered and lunch, where possible, will be eaten in the classroom.

If a child becomes ill during the day they will be removed from their class and looked after in the Spruce room (near Mr Richardson’s office) until they can be collected. Any child with symptoms of Covid-19 will need to be tested as soon as possible and will not be able to return to school until a negative test result is confirmed. It would really help us if parents can quickly check your child’s temperature and wellbeing before you bring them to school. If you think they may be unwell it would be safest not to bring them.

I hope that this provides all the information you need for the children’s safe return to school from 8 June. If you need any clarification, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Thanks for your patience and understanding during this difficult period. I am very much looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Kind regards

Craig Richardson

Headteacher

Parent letter 20/5/20

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that you and your family have continued to stay safe and well during lockdown. Since my update last week, we have had more guidance regarding the proposed reopening of schools beginning with the return of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from the beginning of June and the “ambition” to have other year groups in before the summer holidays.

School will be very different from what is like normally. The changes we are planning are fundamental to the way school will run. We are busy planning how school will look and wish to give you an idea of what we are planning in order to help you make your firm decision which we will need by the end of this week. These plans are not finalised and there are still many issues to be resolved with new advice arriving all the time. There is a lot of detail here but it will give you an indication of how different things will be.

Above all, I want to reassure you that we are following the government’s guidelines at all times and our absolute priority is the safety and well-being of all children, families and staff.

Key Information:

  • Reception, Y1 & Y6 to return from the beginning of June with an “ambition” for rest of primary to attend school before the summer holiday.
  • Parents do not have to send children if they do not wish and will not be penalised if they do not. 
  • Children of key workers & those considered “vulnerable” will still attend.
  • Children in Y2, 3, 4 & 5 whose parents now have to go back to work but are not considered key workers cannot have a school place at this stage.
  • Parents of key worker children who require childcare from 2 June onwards need to email school to book your place by Friday 22 May at noon please.

Drop off and pick up from school:

Children's drop off and collection times will be staggered (detailed information to follow), with the school day running from 8.30am until 3.15pm. A prompt arrival and collection will be expected to ensure minimum contact during these times.  School will have a clear one-way system in place around the outside of the building which will be signposted to reduce contact between families. Unfortunately, as the guidance states, parents and carers will not be allowed into the school building at any time.  Members of staff will receive children from a safe distance at each classroom.  Please only one adult from each household at pick up and drop off times.  We will of course remain as ‘open door’ as we always are, but will have to do this in a remote rather than personal way.  If you need to contact school, then please phone or email, as the office will sadly not be open to parents.  Please use 01928 722991 or admin@hillside.cheshire.sch.uk.

Uniform and Equipment:

Children can wear school uniform but the main thing is to wear something that is comfortable and easily washable. If this means they can’t wear uniform, then please send them in something easy to wash that is comfortable. The guidelines state that “There is no need for anything other than normal personal hygiene and washing of clothes following a day in a school. Uniform that cannot be machine washed should be avoided.” If possible, the children should wear clean clothes every day. Children must not bring anything to school with them except their snack and packed lunch if necessary – no reading folders, bags or PE kits please.  The children will be learning outside when possible so please send them in comfortable clothes, comfortable shoes and prepared for outdoor learning. A coat can be worn if necessary but this will not be hung in cloakrooms, each coat will be hung over the children’s allocated chairs. 

Please note that school staff will not be able to administer any medication during the day.

Learning ‘Bubbles’:

All children (including those of critical workers and those in vulnerable groups) will be split into learning ‘bubbles’ of no more than 15 children. Each ‘bubble’ will remain in their own room/ area. For some children this will not be their normal classroom. Your child will not be taught or socialise at school with anyone outside of their small learning bubble at any time including at play and lunch times.  It is possible that your child will not be taught by their usual class teacher or teaching assistant, but we will do our best to make the adults as familiar as possible to the children. Where possible, each bubble will have the same members of staff allocated to it and these adults will remain with their bubble for the coming weeks.  Some bubbles will be taught by TAs under the direction of a teacher. Alongside the arrangements we are making to minimise risk and keep everyone safe, please be assured that we will do all we can to maintain our strong ethos of ‘Learn, Laugh and Play’. We will do our best to make sure the children enjoy their time in school and continue to have fun!

Play times and lunch times will be staggered to avoid contact with other children and members of staff, but children can still choose school dinners or packed lunches in the usual way – some ‘bubbles’ will eat lunch in their classroom space.  We will not be providing snack at break time so a healthy snack should be brought in from home. Each child should also bring their own (full) water bottle as we will not be using the school water coolers. Each bubble will be assigned a particular outdoor space to use at playtimes, lunchtimes and during lesson times through the day. Our plan is to do as much outdoor teaching as possible. Fingers crossed this lovely weather continues!

Social distancing:

The DFE guidance states that:

“We know that, unlike other children and adults, early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart from each other and staff.”

We will do our best to adhere to guidelines and to social distance the adults from each other, and the bubbles from each other.  In order to distance children as much as possible, each will be allocated their own desk and this is where they will remain as much as possible when in the classroom. They will have their own equipment which will stay on their desk and, as far as is practicable, they will not share equipment. All equipment and furniture will be cleaned regularly throughout the day. Adults will move around the room to support children but children will be encouraged to stay in their place.  In Reception all equipment will be cleaned regularly throughout the day with a minimised number of resources available to the children. Soft furnishings will be removed from the classrooms as these are much more difficult to clean. 

Toilets:

Each bubble will be assigned one toilet area to use at all times and children will use the toilet area one at a time. Movement around the school building will be restricted and will follow a one-way system. We will use the outside to move around as much as possible, to ensure children do not come into contact with others in a different bubble.  Toilet areas will be cleaned regularly during the day.

Home learning:

We plan to continue to provide distance learning for all children who are not attending school, and similar planning will be delivered in classes to provide some consistency between home and school. As well as this, there will be a focus in school on well-being, health education, speaking and listening and the basic skills of reading.  As mentioned earlier, we will be spending as much time as possible outside. Doors and windows will be open as much as possible.

Health, hygiene and safety measures in place:

  • Staff and children will wash hands regularly using soap and water or hand sanitiser. 
  • At times, some staff may wear a face visor and / or a mask, particularly when administering first aid or providing care for a pupil that becomes unwell.
  • Children and staff will sanitise hands upon arriving at school and before leaving school.
  • Doors and windows will be open as much as possible for good ventilation.
  • We will clean / disinfect equipment and surfaces throughout the day; gates and door handles, phones, ipads, etc.
  • We will reduce toys available to play with to those most easily cleaned.
  • If any children or members of staff display symptoms, then all agreed guidelines will be followed as they were before school closed. Any child displaying symptoms will be sent home immediately.

Summary and Next steps:

Thank you to parents who responded to our survey about sending children into school. Now that you have more information and to enable us to plan further for reopening, we are asking parents to confirm attendance please. Parents of R, Y1 and Y6 please email admin@hillside.cheshire.sch.uk by noon this Friday 22 May to confirm whether you will be sending your child(ren) into school from 2 June.

We have given due consideration to a range of issues, all of which are being put in place to ensure that we can keep children and staff as safe as possible while at school. However, we can offer no guarantees about the safety of your child at school and you will need to make your own decisions about this.

You may want to refer to guidance the Government has published for parents and carers by following the link below to help you think about whether you will be ready to send your child/ren to school at the start of June.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

The decision remains yours, for your family, and hopefully this letter and the Government guidance will help to inform you to make your decision.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact school on the number above or email me at head@hillside.cheshire.sch.uk.

Take care everyone.

Kind Regards,

Craig Richardson

Head Teacher

 

14.5.20 Hillside Coronavirus update 14.5.20

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you are keeping well and staying safe!

I am currently working on our plan to open school for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils as well as the children of key workers from Monday 1 June. Thanks to parents who have responded to my request to determine how many children are likely to be in school. A majority of you said that they would send your children into school so we are basing our plans around this.

Government and local authority advice around reopening schools is still being finalised. Our plans are subject to change based on this advice and the careful management of risk to pupils and staff.

Our current plan is that each year group will be split into two smaller groups of around 10 pupils. Each group will be kept separate from all other groups in school for the whole of the school day. This will include lunchtimes and break times. They will also be kept to their own area of school. Reception pupils will use the Reception and Year 1 building and the Reception play area, the grass area near the trim trail and the lower part of the KS1 playground. Year 1 pupils will be in the Year 2 classroom and the hall and will use the rest of the KS1 playground including the ‘grass’ area. Year 6 pupils will be in the Year 5 and Year 6 classrooms and will use the KS2 playground. The key worker group will use the Year 3 classroom and part of the KS2 playground. Corridors will be made one way and each group will also use their own set of toilets. We will of course try and do this as sensitively as we can.

Lessons in the morning will focus on hygiene and how to follow the Coronavirus rules on handwashing and social distancing. We will also spend time on the children’s wellbeing and their personal and social development. We will then focus on English and maths and a range of the foundation subjects. We will aim to use the outside areas as much as possible whilst avoiding groups mixing together. All our plans are being made with the safety of our pupils and staff as our number one priority.

Drop off will be staggered and arrangements for where and when you can drop off your child at school and then collect them at the end of the day will be available soon. Only one parent must bring children to school.

All teachers and teaching assistants will be supporting the teaching of the seven groups described above. Teachers will continue to try to provide some ‘home-learning’ for the children who are not in school through the school website. We are trying to keep this as easy for you to access as possible. Thank you for supporting your children in accessing this.

Arrangements for the return to school for the other year groups will follow as soon as we have more details.

I have done another short assembly for the children today and posted it here (the link is also on our website). I was able to be in the school hall again so I hope that the children enjoy it.

https://youtu.be/-MUfpZfiSQY

Please note that school will now be closed to all pupils, including for key workers, during the ‘Whit’ half-term week. This is so that staff can prepare for the reopening of school on 1 June and so that school can be cleaned and re-organised ready for the reopening.

Thanks again for your continued patience, help and understanding during this unprecedented and challenging time. Please continue to keep yourselves and your loved ones safe and take care!

Craig Richardson, Headteacher

 

5.5.20 Hillside Coronavirus update 5.5.20

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you are keeping well and staying safe! Another week of lockdown and a bank holiday on Friday to celebrate VE Day which won’t now quite be the same. We won’t be taking part in Helsby’s planned activities but I hope that everyone will take some time to reflect on the importance of the day and, if possible, join the two minute silence at 11am.

We await the government’s review on ‘lockdown’ and possible easing of restrictions including schools reopening. I don’t have any details or specific information on this yet but I am hoping that we will receive guidelines later this week. I expect schools to be reopened in stages with limited numbers of children and staff to help minimise risks and so that we can all stay as safe as possible. As soon as I know more details, I will let parents and carers know. We will make sure that, when the time is right, we manage the reopening carefully and with the safety of our pupils and staff as our number one priority.

Teachers are continuing to provide some ‘home-learning’ for the children through the school website. We are trying to keep this as easy for you to access as possible. Thank you supporting your children in accessing this.

I have done another short assembly for the children today and posted it here (the link is also on our website). This time I was able to be in the school hall so I hope that the children enjoy it. I will do another assembly next week.

https://youtu.be/Fy2N9L9OLiM

The number of families needing childcare continues to be very low. Thanks very much for following government guidance. However, if you are a key worker, please continue to let us know as soon as possible when you need childcare so that we can plan for this. Please phone school on 01928 722991 or email Mrs Ellis on admin@hillside.cheshire.sch.uk or Mr Richardson on head@hillside.cheshire.sch.uk.

Remember that if you have any questions about home learning or need some help and advice, please use the contact email on the class page on the website: year(insert number)@hillside.cheshire.sch.uk.

Thanks again for your continued patience, help and understanding. Please continue to keep yourselves and your loved ones safe and take care! I look forward to seeing you all when school starts again!

Craig Richardson, Headteacher

 

28.4.20 Hillside Coronavirus update 28.4.20

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope that you are all continuing to stay safe and well. Currently, we do not know when schools will reopen and, whilst there has been much speculation in the press, we will need to wait for another two weeks until the government review the current ‘lockdown’ procedures. I am sure that, like me, the children can’t wait to get back to school to see their teachers and their friends and return to some sort of normality.

In the meantime, we have been looking to provide some key ‘home-learning’ for the children through the school website. This is designed to support our pupils in knowing and remembering the key learning and facts for children of their age. It will be a real help to the children in preparing them for when we do return to school but please don’t worry if it is proving difficult. We will be taking this into account when school starts again and teachers will be revisiting any key learning before moving on to new aspects of the curriculum.

I have done another short assembly for the children today and posted it here (the link is also on our website). Thanks so much for enabling them to watch last week’s. I hope that they enjoy it. In it I mention the ‘Keep Your Spirits Up’ challenge. Please encourage them to try this and, if possible, send their videos to teachers. It would be lovely to see them all. Thank you! I will do another assembly next week.

https://youtu.be/NWymV15dXXM

Teachers have been organising some virtual class ‘get-togethers’ using ‘Zoom’. These have been with the aim of providing the children with an opportunity to see their teachers and to say hello to each other and, so far, they have been very well received. As the lockdown continues, teachers have started to incorporate some learning too. The main aim is still to support our pupils’ mental health and wellbeing but it is up to you if you access this. I have received some reports of children finding the sessions stressful and worrying about them. You know your children best and, if you feel that the ‘Zoom’ sessions are not helping your child, please do not feel you have to attend. They are voluntary. Alternatively, you could join without sound or video and the children can just watch the session if they are not confident enough to take part. Please let me know if you have any further concerns or want to ask about this.

The number of families needing childcare continues to be very low. Thanks very much for following government guidance. However, if you are a key worker, please continue to let us know as soon as possible when you need childcare so that we can plan for this. Please phone school on 01928 722991 or email Mrs Ellis on admin@hillside.cheshire.sch.uk or Mr Richardson on head@hillside.cheshire.sch.uk.

Remember that if you have any questions about home learning or need some help and advice, please use the contact email on the class page on the website: year(insert number)@hillside.cheshire.sch.uk.

Thanks again for your help and understanding. Please continue to keep yourselves and your loved ones safe and take care! I look forward to seeing you when school starts again (whenever that might be!).

Craig Richardson, Headteacher

 

 

 

22.4.20 Hillside Coronavirus update 22.4.20

Dear Parent/Carer,

We are now in our fifth week of school closure and ‘lock down’. It has been fantastic to see a large number of the children at the class Zoom meetings! It is particularly good to see the  children smiling and looking well. The class videos were also amazing! Well done to everyone for doing those and to the parents who put them together!

I have done an assembly for the children today and posted it here (the link is also on our website). Apologies for the sound quality – I’ll improve this for next time! Please try to make sure the children get to watch it. I hope that they enjoy it. Thank you! I will do another assembly next week.

https://youtu.be/Pmpne-LzLlE

We hope that you are managing a simple routine at home. The DfE published updated guidance on Friday around how best to support your children at home. Please take some time to read this – it has some really good, simple and effective advice:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-primary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19?utm_source=b0838257-848b-4d77-b72f-37767d087fd1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Having a simple routine is important. Try to keep to ‘get up times’ and ‘bed times’ and remember to provide opportunities for the children to be active during the day.

As we have now been closed for some time, teachers have looked to provide some new learning for children on the class pages. We have tried to keep the links and learning as simple as possible. If you have any issues, please ask. If you can support your child in accessing the learning provided, it will help them when they return to school.

The number of families needing childcare continues to be very low. Thanks very much for following government guidance. However, if you are a key worker, please continue to let us know as soon as possible when you need childcare so that we can plan for this. Please phone school on 01928 722991 or email Mrs Ellis on admin@hillside.cheshire.sch.uk or Mr Richardson on head@hillside.cheshire.sch.uk.

Remember that if you have any questions about home learning or need some help and advice, please use the contact email on the class page on the website: year(insert number)@hillside.cheshire.sch.uk.

Thanks again for your help and understanding. Please continue to keep yourselves and your loved ones safe and take care!

Craig Richardson, Headteacher

 

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Helsby Hillside Primary School

Bates Lane
Helsby, Frodsham
Cheshire, WA6 9LN

Headteacher: Mr C Richardson
School Contacts: Mrs Julie Ellis
& Mrs S Tregilgas


Tel: 01928 722991
admin@hillside.cheshire.sch.uk