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Information in the event of school closure

Parents and Students

During the school closure we will continue to provide updates and important information via this section of the website.

Rod Sims

Free School Meals 30/03/20

We are expecting the national voucher system for free school meals to be in place by the end of this week.  Until then we are issuing Morrisons vouchers to all of those eligible for free school meals.  We sent the vouchers on Friday and you should have received them over the weekend.  If you expected to receive a voucher but did not then please contact us at

In these difficult times we are aware that some of our families will have lost jobs due to the current lockdown and will be eligible for Free School Meals.  We have attached the form that you will need to complete in the parent part of Information in the event of school closure.  If you are having any difficulties with the form or the process please contact us on the above address.

Update 27/03/20

Good Afternoon

We have made it to the end of the first week of school closure.  Thank you to everyone who has worked with their children to complete the work set.  We know that this cannot be treated the same as a school day and that we cannot make everybody do all of the work.  We do not expect our students to work outside of normal school hours. It is also difficult with many family members at home to access devices to do the work on.  However it is important to be aware that we could be closed for several months and we are worried that our students will fall behind others in the city and in the country, especially year 10.  We want you all to do as much of the work set as you can in these difficult circumstances.

I received a complaint yesterday that work was posted on SMHW in the evening and that teachers were commenting on work submitted during the evening and that the pinging of notifications was very disturbing.   All of us have to find different ways of working during these strange times. Many of  our staff are juggling looking after their own children are then working throughout the evening to look after YHS students.  We have standard working hours for our staff when working from home but some of our staff are unable to work during that time and are then working for your children and our school during the evening.  It makes me proud the lengths that all staff at YHS will go to for all of us.  There is a serious point from the complaint and that is in the same way that we must be careful that work e mails do not dominate our lives, I would suggest the following principles for the use of SMHW

  1. Turn off your notifications
  2. Only look at SMHW during school hours
  3. Do what you can, the more that you do the better off you will be when we return

Only 32 of our students have not used SMHW this week.

We will continue to set work next week but not during what would have been the Easter break.

Key Workers

We will remain open for childcare during the Easter Holidays except on the bank holidays.  If you are desperate for help on Bank holidays contact us as normal and we will see what we can do.


Please be aware of a particularly nasty scam where people are contacted and asked for their bank details so that they can receive national FSM vouchers and then the criminals clear out the bank accounts.

On a more positive note wasn’t the Clap for Carers fantastic last night?

More than ever be safe and enjoy your weekend.

All the best

Rod Sims

Update 24/03/20

Good evening to all our students and parents.  I hope that you have all been getting to gri over the past two days.  The situation is unprecedented for all of us and we must work together to make the most of this situation.  The school staff are all working from home except for a skeleton crew to look after the children of key workers.  Today’s update is mainly some reminders about what we are offering at the moment and how to contact us.

All communication is by e mail as reception is now shut.   If you e mail

Your e mail will be directed to the relevant person.  We are all working and are more than happy to  help in any way that we can.

Check the website for updates at the following link

Key Workers

If childcare would prevent you from working then we are able to offer childcare in school.  We are saying between 8 – 4 but we can be flexible within those hours.  We are here to make sure that you can keep the country going.   Please contact us if you have not already if you are a key worker

Home Schooling

Although we have found that SMHW is slower than usual it does appear to be holding up well despite the huge demand.  Work has been set and many of you are completing it.

Free School Meals

We will continue to use the order form on the website this week but in order to ensure social distancing we will  be e mailing all our families eligible for Free School Meals with our own voucher system while we wait for the government to put theirs in place.

Health and well Being

We are offering a digital counselling service for our students information on which is on the student section of the website and our facebook site.

We are at the beginning of a new normal, throughout this process we will do anything to help get through these unprecedented times

Stay Safe

Rod Sims

Important information Update 20/03/20

Monday will be a very different day, our IT systems will be under demand that they have never experienced before so if you are having difficulties please check the website for updates.

During School Closure the main method of communication is through e mail.  Please use the following e mail address and then the relevant person will be notified

On Monday as it is the first day of closure reception will be staffed between 8 and 12 and is our usual number 555500.   This is only for Monday the e mail address is the  main method after Monday.

Can I remind those parents who are entitled to Free School Meals that there is an order form at the following link

We are phoning all key workers who have filled in the survey.   Where it is essential for them to attend work we are providing childcare if you do require this please complete the survey

Update on Key Workers 20/03/20

Overnight we have received the guidance on key workers.  This is for parents who would be unable to attend work if they did not have childcare for their children.  It is available for those who have one key worker in the family as well as two.  Lots of students asked yesterday do I have to come in if my mum or dad is a key worker and the answer is no.

Link to the survey is at the bottom of the post.

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including  government agencies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.


This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

Information on Key Workers (19/03/20)

School will be open from Monday for children of key workers.  We have waited today for guidelines on what is a key worker however as of 2.30 we have not received any further information.  We need to balance waiting for the guidelines with the need to gather information so that we can plan.  At the moment we understand this to be that if a key worker was prevented from going to work through YHS closure then school would look after the student during school hours.  Although the definition may be widened in the future we are currently taking key worker to mean Fire Service, Police, NHS and supermarket delivery drivers.

If you are in one of the professions listed above and will need childcare please will you follow the link below

Update after Government Announcement on School Closures (18/03/20)

We heard about the decision to close the schools at the same time as everybody else.  We will need time to find out the detail behind some of the decisions but we wanted to let you know as soon as possible what the key points are.

York High School will remain open on Thursday and Friday for all year groups.  We then close at the end of school on Friday until further notice. 

The children of key workers such as emergency workers, NHS staff and delivery workers as well as those with Education Health Care Plans will still be looked after although it is unclear at the moment what form that will take.  We will be sending out an e mail with a link to an online poll to find out how many of our parents are key workers tomorrow so please respond as a matter of urgency.

GCSE exams will not now take place in May and June.  No alternative plans have been announced at the moment therefore we urge all year 11 students to continue to prepare for the exams which could be later in the year until we hear different.

We have already planned for the possibility of closure and therefore I would like to share the following with you.


During closure the main source of communication will be the school website, we will also publish information on the school facebook site.  We will update you regularly throughout closure.  The staff at the school will continue to work from home.  It will be hard to provide feedback but we will try to provide feedback for all through web based assessments. As schools are closed until further notice we will provide work in the following way.

Year 11 (Carry on as normal until we hear otherwise about GCSE’s)

Revision tasks will be provided for students as though they are following the school timetable.  The tasks will be published on Show My Homework (SMHW).  For example if on Monday you have Maths, Science, History,  English and Design technology you will receive tasks for all those subjects.  They will not always be an hour but they will be purposeful.

Year 10

Same as Year 11 we do not know when the schools will open again so it is vital that our Year 10’s who will be sitting GCSE exams do not fall behind.

Year 7 – 9

Tasks will be set on SMHW depending on the number of lessons each subject has in a fortnight.   If you have 6 Maths lessons there will be 6 tasks set per fortnight.  If you have 1 ICT lesson then there will be 1 task set per fortnight.  These will not necessarily be an hour long.

 Update 17/03/20

In these difficult and fast moving times we realise how important it is to keep everyone in the school community up to date with the latest developments.  Here is the link to the latest update from the government about educational settings.

The key announcements are

  • staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
  • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home

The link to the guidance for self isolation is below

We have cancelled all trips over the next month and we will postpone the Year 10 Parents evening until the situation changes.

It is possible that the next phase of the government response will be school closures or that we will have to partially close to selected year groups due to increasing staff absence.  We are informing the students throughout the week as to our expectations during closure especially those in Year 11.  The main point of communication for all in the event of any form of closure will be the school website.  We are planning a series of help sheets and information that will be on the website in the event of closure.

16/3/2020 Update

The Government have updated the following stay at home guidance, for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Guidance can be found here:

10/03/2020 Update

We continue to follow the guidance issued by the government to educational settings which can be found on the following link:

This guidance remains current as of today's date, whilst links with in the guidance to other sources of information may have been updated, for example the categories of specified countries or areas in relation to returning travellers.

Further information from the UK government concerning Covid-19 can be found on the following link:

In relation to school trips, we follow the latest guidance from the government's Foreign & Commonwealth Office which can be found on the following link:

The government's key message at this stage continues to be around good hygiene practices and particularly hand washing. See previously issued poster below for more details.