Newsletter 13th July 2020

13 July 2020

End of term update for parents and carers – more detailed plans for September

Dear parents and carers

I write this in the last week of the term in what has been the most difficult and unimaginable year. None us could have predicted what was to happen when we set out on another school year last September. Thank you for your patience, understanding and support during this time. We can now look forward to a break from school and the start of a new year in September!

Whilst school will be reopening for all our pupils, there will be some changes to the structure and organisation of the school day. We are creating separate ‘bubbles’ and minimising any contact between the different bubbles to try to stop the spread of any infection. In the event of a pupil or member of staff testing positive for Coronavirus, the whole bubble will be sent home to self-isolate in line with public health instructions. In this instance, daily home learning lessons would be delivered by teachers.

To help us minimise the risk and maintain social-distancing where possible, we are staggering the start and end times of the school day as well as break and lunchtimes. Please note the times below. It is important that you do not arrive too early or too late and that you don’t wait around but leave promptly and maintain social-distancing.


Start of the Day

End of the Day


8.45  (KS1 ‘top’ gate)


Year 1

8.55  (KS1 ‘bottom’ gate)


Year 2

9.05  (KS1 ‘top’ gate)


Year 3

9.10  (KS2 gate)


Year 4

9.00  (KS2 gate)


Year 5

8.50  (KS2 gate)


Year 6

8.40  (KS2 gate)



Our priorities are to minimise the risk of passing on coronavirus and to reintroduce all pupils back into school so that they feel safe, secure and happy. All pupils will be expected to wear school uniform.

A reminder from last week of the essential measures:

  • a requirement that people who are ill stay at home
  • robust hand and respiratory hygiene
  • enhanced cleaning arrangements
  • active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
  • avoiding contact between different classes
  • staggering start and finish times and break and lunch times
  • arranging classrooms with forward facing desks
  • staff maintaining distance from pupils and other staff as much as possible

Link Club will be open again from 2 September. As usual, to book childcare, please email Marie Guinness directly at

Reminder – please don’t send your child if they are showing symptoms of Covid-19, especially a cough. If in any doubt about whether they are well enough for school, you must currently remain cautious - DO NOT send your child into school. Thank you. This is important in helping us minimise the risk to other children and to staff.

Any parents who are planning to travel abroad on holiday and who may need to self-quarantine on their return to the UK should notify school of this as soon as possible please.

A reminder that school will be closed over the summer holidays and that there will be no provision for key worker families during this time.

I will send a reminder email just before our return to school in September. In the meantime, I hope that you and your family enjoy a restful summer holiday and look forward to seeing you in September. Please stay safe!

Kind regards

Craig Richardson


Contact the School

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