Dear Parent / Guardian We were delighted with the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday that all pupils can return to school from Monday 8th March. I am sure as parents / guardians you feel the same. We all know school is the best place for our young people and we can’t wait to get all our pupils back into the building and experiencing the high quality lessons they receive each day here at Hillside.
For secondary age pupils testing for CV19 should start as they return, with consenting pupils needing a negative test taken in school before they start. This means that there will be a phased return of pupils during the week beginning March 8th to allow time to achieve this. We have had experience of using these tests since lock -down, with over 70 being conducted per week for pupils and staff.
To allow us to plan for testing could I ask you to follow this link to Microsoft Forms by 3pm Thursday 25th February:
This will enable us to plan the schedule for testing and we will be in position by the middle of next week to give the exact return date and time for your child. Testing does remain voluntary but for the safety of all our school community I would strongly encourage families to take up the offer for your child. Children will have three tests between their return date and breaking up for Easter. At which point the government is suggesting testing will be done twice weekly at home, but we await further clarification on this from the Government.
When pupils return on 8th March they will need to wear a face covering at all times, including in lessons. Could I ask for your support in ensuring your child has a face covering with them every day in school.
If any families are experiencing difficulty with uniform or equipment for your child’s return, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Progress Leader. This does include school shoes as we will expect all pupils to be in full school uniform upon their return. Can I remind parents of Year 8 pupils that in Mrs Harper’s absence they should contact Mrs Buckley who is looking after the year group.
We appreciate how much everyone wants to return to ‘normal’ but equally this can be an anxious time as we move into another stage of the countries ‘road map’ out of Covid. Once again please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Progress Leader if you would like support or to discuss anything in advance of your child’s return.
The Government is unwavering that once pupils return to school attendance is mandatory. Our expectation in line with DFE guidance will be full school attendance and we will begin our first day response including socially distanced home visits from the week beginning 8th March. It is imperative that your child returns to school on the date and time that they are asked to return and that they attend every day from this point. So please contact us well in advance of Monday 8th March if there is anything you need to discuss which could impact on your child’s return to school and subsequent ability to attend school every day.
I will finish by once again saying how much we can’t wait to see all our pupils back in school, the building certainly isn’t the same without them!