Covid-19 Update – 21st September 2020

Dear Parents

Latest COVID-19 Guidance from St. Helens Borough Council

I am so pleased that the children have now settled into the ‘new normal’ and are taking most things in their stride. Again, I cannot thank the staff enough for making the ‘reopening’ as easy as possible for the children, especially Mr Barr whose ‘spraybusting’ has ensured that the school is as clean as it possibly can be!

The shine is only taken off by having to react, consider and implement the constant flow of guidance that arrives on an almost daily basis. I am pragmatic and apolitical enough to realise that this is unavoidable in a country that has not seen a pandemic for over a hundred years. Please do adhere to the following guidance from St. Helens Borough Council regarding the latest government restrictions.

The new restrictions have been announced by Government and will apply to all council areas across Merseyside as it has been made an area of intervention today, Friday 18th September after having previously been listed as an area of concern on Friday 11th September.

These are the restrictions that now apply to St Helens Borough

From Tuesday 22nd September regulations will ban the following:

  • People should not socialise with others from outside their household or support bubble inside a home or private garden.
  • Hospitality for food and drink will be by table service only.
  • Late night restrictions for hospitality will be introduced, with leisure and entertainment venues including restaurants, pubs, and cinemas required to close between 10pm and 5am.

Residents are also urged to follow additional guidance to help limit the growth of the virus:

  • Only use public transport for essential purposes such as travelling to school or work.
  • Residents are advised against attending amateur or semi-professional sporting events as spectators.

These measures are on top of those already introduced by the St Helens Outbreak Management Board on Wednesday which are:

  • Parents should wear face coverings when they arrive at the school gates to pick up or drop off their children and not gather in groups of more than six at the school gates.
  • Temporarily suspend care home visits.
  • Reinforcing the need for staggered drop off/pick up times for schools.
  • Reviewing the council’s powers to be able to take action against non-compliance with the current legislation.

Councillor David Baines, Leader of St Helens Borough Council, said: “Our rate of infection has been increasing at an alarming rate in recent weeks. We do not want to find ourselves in a situation like we had in March where our NHS struggled to cope with the demand and far too many people lost loved ones to the virus.

“We therefore understand the need to introduce extra measures to help slow the spread of the virus, and we ask all residents and businesses to play their part in keeping each other safe. We know it is difficult as people have just started to enjoy more opportunities to see loved ones again but we have to pull together. We saw the remarkable community spirit that got us through the national lockdown and I’m sure that the people of this borough will do just that again. #StHelensTogether is still here to support those who need our help should they need to isolate or get help in any way.

“I must say that as a Council we are disappointed that we’ve had a week of rumour and speculation from government rather than clarity and engagement, and it’s not ideal that they have decided to announce these measures on a Friday but not introduce them until Tuesday.”

Please note – we are yet to receive the full regulations outlining this advice, guidance and legislation in full. We will update on the full implications for our residents and businesses as soon as we can.

Morning Drop-Off

Please can parents adhere to the staggered drop-off times. This is now becoming a cause for concern.

Uniform (PE Kit sizes)

Whittakers Schoolwear have asked us to pass on their apologies regarding the inaccurate sizing of some of the PE kit clothing. All parents with this problem have either had their money refunded or the article of clothing swapped out. We have been assured that this will not be a problem in the future.

Open Day Postponed

Unfortunately, we have had to postpone our ‘Saturday Open Day’ until such time as government guidance allows. We are hugely disappointed as it was looking  to be our most successful ‘Open Day’ for some years. However, we are offering daytime and evening private tours to the families that have registered for Open Day on Monday 28th September, Monday 5th October and Monday 12th October.

If you would like to like to book a visit, please click here

Contingency Plans

From the moment staff arrived back in school, we have been discussing various contingency scenarios should pupils and staff have to self-isolate at home. We are very close to finalising these plans and will let you know very shortly

Crowning Glory! (click)

Yours sincerely

Ms A C Bingley (Principal)