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Hilbre High School Humanities College

Hilbre High School
Humanities College

Return to School Details: January 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,
Yesterday, Wednesday 30th December, the Government announced the latest instructions about the return to school for students. Today, I am able to send you a further update on how this affects us at Hilbre High School.
Monday 4th: This is an INSET day. There will be no students in school. 
Tuesday 5th January to Friday 8th January: School will be open to students sitting an external examination, vulnerable students, students in our Attendance and Behaviour Hub, Nurture Group and Resourced Provision and those of key workers only. All other students are expected to learn remotely from home. In a change to my previous guidance, this includes students in Years 11 and 13, who will not be in school. 
Students expected to be in school for public examinations will be those in Year 12 and Year 13 for whom those examinations are scheduled. (Further information is to be sent to the relevant parents/carers in relation to this.)
Vulnerable students and those of key workers will be able to come into school. They will participate in remote learning whilst in school. These students will be allocated a specific classroom to learn in, allocated to vulnerable/key worker children in each year. Their learning will be guided and overseen by our Teaching Assistants. A reminder that the DfE definition of vulnerable children is ‘those who have a social worker, are part of a child protection plan, are children who are looked after or have an Educational Healthcare Plan.’
Monday 11th to Friday 15th January: School will be open to the students mentioned above. In addition, students in Years 11 and 13 will return to school for their regular taught lessons. 
Monday 18th January: It is anticipated this will be a full return to school for all students, assuming the current Government guidance is not subject to change.
Learning Remotely: The expectation will be for students to follow their normal school timetable and access remote learning on Teams. We will be keeping a register of students attending or absent from scheduled lessons. A reminder to students about how to access lessons on Teams will be sent out on Monday 4th.
We have some laptops available for student use from home. If we find that students have difficulty being able to access the resources to learn remotely, we will endeavour to provide suitable support.
Travelling on school buses: We have contacted the bus companies and can confirm that school buses will run as per normal. I politely remind students that they must wear a face covering when travelling on buses. 
Calendared school events: The scheduled Year 11 Revision Evening and Parents’ Evenings will go ahead as planned.
Arrival and entry into school: All students must use their usual entrance. It is important they wear face coverings on their way into school and continue wearing them until they are sat down in their allocated room. Students must wear full uniform.

Critical Workers and vulnerable students attending school and not in a provision should go straight to the following rooms:
Year 7s should go to F14
Year 8s should go to G5
Year 9s should go to F9
Year 10s should go to F24
Year 11s should go to F17
Sixth Form students should go to the common room.

As I stated in my letter to you at the end of last term, we will do all in our power to ensure every Hilbre student is provided with the best education, whether learning in school or from home. I do expect all our students to be giving their learning full attention, wherever it is taking place from 5th January onwards.
Finally, in these most unusual circumstances in which we find ourselves, I wish all in our Hilbre community the best of health, keep safe and have a happy New Year.
Yours faithfully,
Mark Bellamy