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    Letter re wider re-opening on 8th June

    2nd June 2020
    Dear Parents and Carers,
    I’d just like to give you a quick update on the wider opening of Hillocks.
    We will be re-opening to Year 6 only on Monday 8th June. We feel we can safely do
    this and having the oldest children in will give us an opportunity to establish the
    safest practice. The governors and the local authority are fully supportive of this
    The Y6 staff will be telephoning families to ask whether or not their child will be
    returning to school on Monday. We will need a definite answer this time.
    During the phone call, staff will also be giving out information on the organisation of
    the day. Children will not necessarily be in their normal classroom or with their
    normal adult. The times of the day will also be different; children will need to be
    dropped off promptly at the specified point at 9:00 and collected from the same
    point at 2pm. All Y6 children will need a packed lunch. Children will not be allowed
    to bring anything to school other than a water bottle, their lunch and sun cream
    when necessary. There will be other details given during the phone call.
    Key worker and vulnerable children
    School will continue to be open for the children of Key workers and those
    considered to be vulnerable. As this group is much bigger now, they will be split into
    three bubbles. Details of these will be provided to parents.
    The situation in school will be reviewed by senior leaders and the governors on a
    weekly basis with a view to reopening to further year groups when it is safe to do so.
    Teachers will continue to set work for children who aren’t in school. Please try to
    ensure your child completes this work and that they read as widely as possible. Staff
    will also be telephoning the children at home on a weekly basis to check how they
    are doing.
    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school by phone or email.
    Thank you so much for your cooperation in all of this.
    With very best wishes,
    Margaret Newcombe

  • 21/05/2020

    Dear Parents and Carers,

    We hope that you and your family remain safe and well.

    Firstly, thank you for all the support that you have been providing at home during these difficult times – we appreciate that this may have proved challenging, but we have seen great examples of effort and work from children and families alike.

    As you will be aware, the government has asked that schools plan for a reopening from 1 June. This is dependent on meeting the ‘five tests’ set out by the government and this evidence is due to be reviewed on 28 May – only if these measures are met will schools begin to reopen.

    Since the date of this announcement, we have been working to establish the safest ways for a phased reopening of our school in line with guidance from the Department for Education and the Local Authority.

    We appreciate the importance of children returning to school, but are absolutely clear that this must be done with the health and safety of all children and staff at the forefront of our decision making.

    With this in mind, we plan to begin to reopen Hillocks to Year 6 pupils on Monday 8 June, provided all risk measures are in place. We will be telephoning the parents of children in this group during the week commending 1 June to discuss arrangements and timings of the school day. We will also endeavour to answer any questions or concerns.

    In the meantime, we will continue to provide care for the children of keyworkers and children identified according to the criteria provided by the government.

    In line with the government guidance, we will also be planning for the return for Year One and pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage at a later point. Parents will be contacted with further details nearer the time. We will be continuing to provide online learning for these and other year groups in the meantime and we are here to support you wherever we can.

    We will contact the parents of all children prior to their return – please do not send your child to school until arrangements are in place.

    Please note that it is your right to continue to provide home education if you do not wish to send your children back into school – you will not be penalised or fined should you wish to keep them at home. 

    Margaret Newcombe