Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been a difficult week in Hill Croft. We have had 8 positive COVID cases in the last 9 days. These cases have been amongst staff and pupils and across 4 of the 6 zones around the school.

We are confident that we have done all we can to minimise risk to the school community in all the safety measures that we have in place and continue to work closely with Public Health and EA. Unfortunately, we have had to make the decision to close the school on Friday 22 January to allow for a thorough deep clean of the building. It is hoped that this will provide a circuit break for infections and allow for the school to open again safely on Monday.

I ask that you remain in contact with your child's class teacher via see-saw and are vigilant in monitoring your child's own health over the weekend. If he/she is unwell at all we urge you please to keep them safely at home until they are fit and well again to avoid the spread of any infection to the rest of the class.

Class bubbles who are currently isolating should continue to follow the PHA letters re when they can return to school. It is anticipated that classes will open again on Monday, dependent on sufficient staff being available and well.

I appreciate that this is inconvenient but I hope you will understand that the safety of all if our prime concern at this difficult time.

Keep safe and well,
Roz McFeeters

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To our Wider School Community

A further member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19. We do not believe these cases are in any way connected.

We know that this virus is spreading in the community. The pupils and staff who are affected have been notified and advised separately by the PHA.

As school is now closed for 2 weeks it is hoped that this will cut down on potential cases affecting school.

Every one is asked to do their part to keep themselves, their families and the community safe from the spread of the virus.

Parents and carers with any questions or concerns are welcome to contact their child’s class teacher as a first point of contact.

Roz McFeeters

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To our Wider School Community

A member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19. In line with PHA and DE Guidance we have put many protocols in place to keep the pupils and staff safe in school since our return in August. These include:

  • The introduction of “Class Bubbles”
  • Hand washing and hand sanitising regimes
  • Additional cleaning across the school, especially on high touch areas
  • The increased use of PPE.

We know that this virus is easily spread. I have sought the most up-to-date advice from Public Health Agency (PHA) and they have advised:

  • Closing the bubble with staff, pupils and close contacts self-isolating
  • Arrangement of an enhanced clean of affected areas
  • The pupils and staff who are affected have been notified and advised separately by the PHA.

As the school will be closed from 19-30 October this will include the isolation period for anyone affected. I do appreciate the concerns or parents, carers, pupils and the wider community and wish to reassure you that every precaution has been taken. Ensuring the safety of pupils and staff is my absolute priority and I will continue to monitor this situation carefully and will keep you informed.

Every one is asked to do their part to keep themselves, their families and the community safe from the spread of the virus.

Parents and carers with any questions or concerns are welcome to contact their child’s class teacher as a first point of contact.

Roz McFeeters

Principal