Newsletter 14th Sept 2020

Weekly Newsletter – 14 September 2020

Dear parents and carers

I have again tried to keep this letter as brief and simple as possible but included some important information. I am pleased to be able to tell you again that the children continue to enjoy being back in school and are clearly happy to be back in school with their friends and to be learning again. Teachers and teaching assistants have been conducting some tests and assessments to identify gaps in learning and to identify which children need extra catch up. Initially, some learning will focus on key learning from last year and we will then build on this.

Thank you again for your patience and cooperation so far as we adjust to this new way of working. If you have any concerns or worries about the new arrangements, please do let me know so that we can work to improve things.

Social distancing

Reminder: Please can parents maintain social distancing when dropping off and picking up. Keep two metres apart from other adults. Our biggest risk of the spread of infection in school is through adult to adult contact so this is very important. Thank you.

Children with symptoms?

Last week saw a number of children being tested for Covid after becoming unwell. I am pleased to report that, so far, we have had no positive tests. If your child has the symptoms of a cold, they do not need to stay away from school but if they do develop one or more of the three key Covid symptoms: a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, please keep them at home and get them a test. If the test is negative the child can return to school. If the test is positive, your family will all need to self-isolate for 14 days. This will also mean that we will need to close the ‘bubble’ concerned and send all children and staff home in that ‘bubble’ for two weeks. If this happens, teachers are ready to provide learning remotely.

CWAC PHE update

Public Health England has made us aware of some false stories that are circulating on social media about the procedures in schools if a child is unwell with COVID-19 symptoms. We would like to reassure you of the steps that will be taken if a child develops symptoms of COVID-19 whilst at school:

- If a child displays symptoms at school staff will follow government and local guidance to isolate your child with a member of staff looking after them

- The child’s parents or carer will be contacted and asked to come and collect their child from school and advised to take them for a test

The NHS website has details about the symptoms of COVID-19 in children and how to book a test.

Visit the NHS ‘your coronavirus test results’ webpage for information about test results and the next steps you should take once you receive your results back. It is important that you follow the advice issued by the NHS when you book your test and await your results.

Half-term holidays

I know that school has just started but I am aware that some of you may already be thinking about half-term! Please can I ask you to think carefully before booking any holiday abroad as this many involve quarantine procedures for two weeks afterwards and this would impact on attendance. The absence would be recorded as unauthorised and this could lead to a penalty notice and a fine. Any parents who have booked a holiday before quarantine restrictions were imposed, please can you contact school. Thank you.

School Meals

We are introducing a new hot menu for school meals week beginning 28 September. It will enable us to provide a proper hot meal which can be served in the hall, collected from the hall and delivered to the classrooms. Details are available online. We hope that you and the children like it! As always, any feedback is appreciated.

PayPal account

If you have not done so already, please activate your PayPal account. This is important and makes payments and communication so much easier. If you are experiencing any difficulties, please contact the office or PayPal direct.

Online safety – Tik Tok video

Some parents may be aware of an inappropriate video that is circulating on Tik Tok, Twitter and Youtube. I have checked with the local authority safeguarding team and they have asked me to remind you to please make sure that you following online safety guidance and to check your child(ren)’s phone regularly and ensure that parental settings are engaged to avoid any upset and distress.

Music lessons in school

Music lesson swill start again in school this week. Music for Life tutors will be delivering individual lessons for pupils who play an instrument and Sharon Thomas, our music teacher, will be starting class music lessons with all year groups. We are following all Covid guidance and procedures and have carried out risk assessments to manage the risk.

One way system on Bates Lane

I have noticed a number of cars driving the ‘wrong way’ down Bates Lane. Whilst traffic is lighter due to the staggered start times, it is still safer and better if we can all follow the voluntary one-way system. Drivers should only travel ‘up’ Bates Lane from Chester Road (A56) towards the crossroads with Old Chester Road. This eases congestion significantly and helps us keep the roads safe for all our children. Thank you.

I hope that you and your families continue to stay safe and well and that, if you have returned to work, that this is going well for you.

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