Summer Newsletter - arrangements for September

Dear parents and carers

Now that we have made it to the end of what has been another challenging year, I wanted to say that I feel both privileged and excited to be leading the school as Acting Headteacher over the next two terms.

The pandemic has forced a number of changes to school life this year. I am pleased to say that the latest government guidance removes many of these restrictions.

Class Bubbles/ Assemblies

Classes will not have to stay in their bubbles in September. This will allow children to mix more freely with other year groups at playtimes and lunchtimes. Assemblies will also be able to resume.

Start / Finish times:

Staggered start and finish times have proved to dramatically reduce both traffic and human congestion. We will therefore be using the staggered start and end times as detailed below. For multiple siblings, please drop off at the earliest sibling’s start time and collect at the latest.

Class

Start of the Day

End of the Day

Reception

9.00

3.20

Year 1

8.55

3.15

Year 2

8.50

3.10

Year 3

8.55

3.15

Year 4

8.50

3.10

Year 5

8.45

3.05

Year 6

8.40

3.00

PE Kits

We will continue to ask children to come into school in their PE kits on their PE days. This has proved to be a success in maximising practical teaching and learning time as well as reducing lost property.

Control measures

We will be continuing with a number of control measures in line with better general health and hygiene practice:

  1. Continued regular hand washing practice and use of hand sanitiser.
  2. Enhanced school cleaning regimes. More frequent cleaning of communal areas and touchpoints.
  3. Keeping occupied spaces well ventilated.

We will, of course, be following health advice on testing, self-solation and managing confirmed cases.

The Department for Education currently states the following:

From 16 August 2021, children under the age of 18 years old will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead, children will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so…….In the event of a ‘local outbreak’, It may become necessary to reintroduce ‘bubbles’ for a temporary period, to reduce mixing between groups. Any decision to recommend the reintroduction of ‘bubbles’ would not be taken lightly and would need to take account of the detrimental impact they can have on the delivery of education.

I wish you all have a happy and healthy summer holiday and look forward to welcoming the children back in on Thursday 2nd September.

Many thanks,

Adam Khan

Acting Headteacher

 

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
admin@hillside.cheshire.sch.uk

SEN Contact: Mrs Lynda Thomas

SEN Email: admin@hillside.cheshire.sch.uk