Update letter 15th June 2020

15 June 2020

IMPORTANT UPDATE! SCHOOL REOPENING FOR R, Y1, Y6 MONDAY 22 JUNE

Dear parents and carers

I hope that you are continuing to keep well and stay safe!

After the uncertainty of the last few weeks, we are now in a position to welcome our Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils back into school on Monday 22 June. I have included a letter from the local authority explaining the reasoning behind the delay in schools reopening and their decision to now recommend that schools start to reopen when they feel it is safe to do so. We hope to have 26 Year 6, 17 Year 1 pupils and 10 Reception pupils returning to school. 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.

As I said in my last communication, 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, the return will not be before the summer holidays. Whilst this is a shame, we are confident that the children will catch up quickly in their new classes. 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. Teachers will contact every family for a short phone conversation to discuss home learning so far and the key learning necessary before September and any support that parents and pupils may need.

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

Reception, Year 1, Year 6 and ‘key worker’ pupils: arrangements for next week (22 June) NB. Please note the slight changes from last week to include our Reception class):

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

Reception:

One parent must drop their child(ren) off between 9.15am and 9.30am. 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. Reception children can be collected between 2.30pm and 2.45pm. Reception will be kept in one group 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 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 Year 2 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 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. All ‘Key Worker’ children will be dismissed through KS2 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 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 time, 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 7 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 again 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

 

 

 

 

 

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