Dear Parents / Carers,
Please find below some final information to assist you and your child with the return to Hilton over the next few days.
Arriving back at School
Please check your child’s google classroom today (P5-7) or by tomorrow (P1-4). Your teacher will have shared pictures of the arrival area that your child is expected to come into and for further information specific to your child’s class. We will have some visuals at the gate to help you on arrival too. Your child’s new teacher will be out to greet them each morning. Please remember pupils should not come into the school grounds before the teacher calls them in.
Children will be met at the gates and escorted to their new class by their new class teacher and returned to the gate at the end of the day. Children will sanitise their hands on entry to the school buildings and wash hands on entry to the classrooms.
Parents/ carers are reminded to please not enter the gate (with the exception of P1 parents to lead their child to the assembly point) and to stay at least 2 metres away from each other, and teaching staff at all times.
Your child’s class teacher will post information about PE days in the next week, once we have this arranged. No kit is required for this week.
If you are having any issues getting on to your child’s Google Classroom then please email Kathryn.email@example.com and I will do my best to assist.
Please entitle subject of email WEDNESDAY if your child is in P5-7 or THURSDAY if your child is in P1-4 so that I can prioritise support to those who need it tonight.
We would encourage parents to check in on Google Classroom regularly as this will be the mode of communication Class Teachers will use to share information specific to their class with you.
Please ensure any money for school lunches is in a named envelope or bag. Try to have exact change for lunches where possible.
Please be aware that catering staff will not be opening the envelopes until 72 hours as per Covid policy, so please don’t expect change to be returned until the 72 hours are up. If possible try to pay for the week.
All children should bring their own snack for morning playtime as the canteen will not be running tuck shop at the moment.
P5-7 children’s medication can be delivered to the school any time on Wednesday 12th August.
P1-4 children’s medication can be delivered to the school any time on Thursday 13th August. (if you have pupils across the school it is okay to deliver all medication on Wednesday, but we must have your child’s medication if they are in school.)
Please come to the main reception, please take care and avoid gathering if there are many people waiting. All adults will be expected to socially distance while waiting and only one adult should enter the reception area at a time.
Adults will be expected to use the anti-bacterial gel and then complete the medication form. Please take your own pen with you.
Medication must be labelled with the official pharmacy labels, your child’s name and be completely contained within a bag so that staff can retrieve this safely.
Chromebooks on loan
If any family has had a Chromebook or tablet on loan while we were in lockdown, they are required to return this to school this week. Please bring to the main reception and ensure you return the device with its charger. Any damage or issues with the device should be reported on return.
For any P6/7 pupils from last year- if you had a device replaced and still have the broken device, you are also required to return the broken device to school reception this week.
New P6 pupils- we are expecting replacement Chromebooks to be delivered soon. We will let you know when we find out the allocation date for P6 pupils to be allocated their own devices.
Where older pupils have previously taken their mobile phones in to school, this was usually collected by the class teacher at the beginning of the day and returned. This will not currently be possible. If your child brings their phone to school it will stay in their bags (kept in the classroom).
Children will be escorted throughout the building throughout the day but please note that we can’t accept any liability for damaged or missing phones.
Please don’t let your child take their own toys to school.
Make sure everything is labelled and can fit in their school bag so we can keep our classrooms tidy and safe.
It is very important that all parents returning with their children from abroad check to ensure that the country they have visited is not on the list of countries currently requiring to quarantine.
Andorra, The Bahamas and Belgium: if you arrived or returned from Andorra, The Bahamas or Belgium on or after 04:00 on Saturday 8 August you will need to self-isolate. Arrivals and those returning between 10 July and 03:59 on 8 August from these countries do not have to self-isolate.
Spain: if you arrived or returned from Spain between 23 and 25 July you do not need to self-isolate. If you arrived or returned from Spain from 00:01 on 26 July you will need to self-isolate.
Luxembourg: if you arrived or returned from Luxembourg between 10 and 30 July you do not need to self-isolate. If you arrived or returned from Luxembourg from 00:01 on 31 July you will need to self-isolate.
If this applies to you, do not send your child to school and inform the school in the usual way. Parents are responsible for checking out and adhering to the guidance. Please see most recent link below for more information.
If your child is going to be absent from school then please phone the school number as soon as possible in the morning. You can leave a message on the answering machine. If leaving a message then please state the reason why they are off school. We are required to report carefully on pupil absence so it is really important to let us know if your child has any Covid-19 symptoms or is required to self-isolate for any reason.
All ELC parents should have received an email this afternoon detailing drop off and pick up procedures. There is also further information on our closed Facebook page.
We are all ready and excited to welcome you all back to Hilton school and ELC over the next couple of days. We know there is a lot to think about and we understand you will be feeling a mix of emotions regarding your children coming back to school this week. Please do not worry about your child. We will be here and ready to support them on their return to school.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to pop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
We look forward to working together with you and your child over the coming weeks.
Mrs Reid and the Hilton Team