We are aware that the school year is coming to an end and everyone is keen to know what to expect in September. DE presented guidance for Special Schools on 26 June and this is being carefully considered by school management. 


There are four possible scenarios for the return to school in August 2020.



Full or Regional Lockdown

Return to home learning.

Key Worker and vulnerable pupils identified by MDT meetings will avail of limited provision in school. All other pupils remain at home

If the situation deteriorates during the summer break


Blended Return

Majority of pupils return to school two days per week and receive home learning on the other three days. Clinically extremely vulnerable pupils and clinically vulnerable pupils should not attend school.

If the current situation remains with no significant improvements


Full Return

Majority of pupils return to school on a full-time basis. It is likely that clinically extremely vulnerable pupils and clinically vulnerable pupils should not attend school at this time but guidance may change.

If there is significant improvement and further guidance is issued


Normal Return

No restrictions will be in place

If the Pandemic comes to an end


To help families to prepare, we want to give some information at this stage; however, we ask you to be aware that this may change as the situation progresses over the summer.



Hill Croft has always had a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where everyone is put at their ease. It will be our aim to maintain this environment whilst keeping everyone safe. Our pupils will see positive safety messages and all efforts will be made to establish positive and familiar routines which are comforting to them.




10-14 Aug

Parents will receive an email, updates on provision, ways to start to prepare the pupils, request for information re your child returning to school. All parents set up on See-Saw app

17-21 Aug

Staff will return to school to prepare for restart. Staff training and classrooms preparation. Teacher will phone parents and send information on See-Saw including messages from staff teams and virtual tours

24-28 Aug

Some pupils will return for short sessions and class visits to help acclimatise them back to school. New pupil and nursery induction

31 Aug -4 Sept

Blended Return will begin for all pupils who will be attending school initially.




September 2020 – A Blended Return


It is anticipated that at the start of term the school week will look as follows:







Class Bubble 1

Class Bubble 1

Cleaning, home learning and communication with parents

Class Bubble 2

Class Bubble 2




The current guidance states that adults should maintain 2 metres social distanced and children 1 metre if within a “bubble”. As most of our pupils are unable to social distance, the use of “bubbles” will be employed. This involves a group of staff and pupils working together, separate to others in the building. This will take place mostly in the classroom. Movement around the building will be for essential purposes only and the use of specialist rooms will be limited.  You can find out more about this here: https://bit.ly/2ZdtK16


Staff teams are currently identifying pupils within Bubble 1 and Bubble 2. Siblings will be in on the same days to assist with transport and to support families.



  • This will be based on building relationships as well as routine. The use of bubbles will assist with this and allow time to get to know one another
  • Best efforts will be made to provide as rounded a curriculum as possible within school and at home. Staff will work with parents and pupils to build the bestform of blended learning for their child based on experiences in lockdown




  • ·        Pupils will not initially be in school every day so fewer uniforms are required. Your child’s clothing should all be washed daily on their return from school. Therefore, in addition to the usual uniform, simple clothing like leggings, tracksuit bottoms, polo shirts and sweatshirts will be permissible if these are easily laundered daily.





  • ·         EA are still making plans around transport and how this can work within social distance guidelines. We will provide further guidance as it becomes available.


  • ·         Parents who are able, may be asked to transport their children, at least within the first few weeks of term.


  • ·         Staggered start and finish times may be required.


School Meals


  • ·         These will continue to be cooked on site and be provided on the days that your child is in school, these should be paid for using the school money app


  • ·         We are awaiting news of how free meals will be managed if you are in receipt of payment for meals currently.




  • ·         We are working with our Physio, OT and SLTs to establish the best way of providing therapy for pupils at the start of term


  • ·         Additional therapies such as music and reflexology will not be offered initially




  • ·         Staff have always worn PPE when pupils are being changed or administered medication


  • ·         A further level of PPE may be worn by staff based on the most up to date PHA and DE guidance


Educational Outings


  • ·         These will be limited. Transport will not be available and will most likely take the form of walks in the local area