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Parents and Students

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

Rod Sims


Important News on Reopening to Year 10

I am able to share with you today the draft plans that we have for reopening the school to Year 10.  Before you read the details below I want to make it clear that the dates are totally flexible, if we are advised on a national or local level that we cannot open then we will not.  The main priority that is at the heart of our plans is the safety of our students our staff and our community.  We will not move through the stages below unless it is safe to do so.  I want to make it clear that it is your choice as a parent whether to send you child back to school I can categorically state that there will be no fines for non-attendance.   Our job is to minimise risk to a point where you as parents feel confident to send your child back into school.

There are significantly more detailed risk assessments and plans currently been undertaken that sit behind the 4 stages set out below.  When I have seen letters from other schools they are often repeating government guidance without me issuing pages and pages of information rest assured that we are following and acting on this guidance.    

We are also very aware that Years 7, 8 and 9 are still educated at home it is clear that the gap is starting to grow between those who are doing the work and those that are not, here is a link to recent government advice to parents.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-secondary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

We know that we are stronger when we work together and I stress that these are draft plans at the moment.  If you have any concerns about the plans then please e mail me at r.sims@yorkhighschool.co.uk I will answer any questions personally or if we are getting many questions that are the same I will use facebook and the website. This is only the start further detailed guidance for Year 10 students will be sent out in the week beginning June 1st.

York High School Timetable for Reopening to Year 10

(All dates are flexible based on National/Local government decisions)

Stage 1 – June 8th 9th   

All year 10 students are to be invited into school during Monday and Tuesday June 8th and 9th for a 15 minute 1 to 1 meeting with their tutor or Head of House.  Students will be invited in with staggered appointments across the two days so that at any given time there will only be 5 students on the school site in separate rooms.

Purpose of the meeting

Check students welfare 

Identify students’ progress during lockdown

Identify any barriers to returning 

Stage 2 – June 11th 12th

Students are to be invited into school in isolation bubbles of a maximum of 15 for an induction into how school will operate for the summer term.  Each student will attend one 75 minute session. The reason for the bubbles is so that if a member of staff or anyone in the bubble shows symptoms the entire bubble will be asked to isolate thus preventing transmission across the year group.

Purpose

Explain Social Distancing and Safety rules

Explain Behaviour expectations

Explain how learning will take place

Explore how to make online learning more effective

Motivation to keep resilient

 

Stage 3 – Starting June 15th

Students are to be taught in their bubbles  Only half the year group would be invited into school on any given day so if there are 10 bubbles, bubbles 1 to 5 would be invited into school for 3 hours of English on Monday and Bubbles 6 – 10 would  be invited in on Tuesday for 3 hours of English.   School hours would be 10 – 1.  Subjects taught would be English, Maths, Science and History or Geography.  Each bubble would only have 4 teachers e.g Mr Byrne for Maths, Mrs Adams for English, Mr Drury for science and Mr Hardy for History.  This would limit contact to a maximum of 19 people.

Purpose

Enhance online learning through building understanding needed to tackle scheduled topics

Teaching content and skills to tackle misconceptions and gaps that have been caused during lockdown

Stage 4 – Starting June 29th (Only if Stage 3 is Successful)

Students are to be taught in subject based groups for all subjects.  Only half the year group would be in school.  Classes would be no more than 15 and the day would consist of a morning session 9 – 11.30 and then an afternoon session 12.30 – 3.00.

Purpose

All students would be able to access all subjects to enhance their online learning

Teaching content and skills to tackle misconceptions and gaps

The following is a link to a video where I explain some of the measures that we will be putting in place.

https://youtu.be/fRYBrIUGIGE

Thank you for taking the time to read through this document please contact me if you have any questions.

Rod Sims


 

18th May

Good Morning

Welcome to the seventh week of YHS - At Home.  Please try your best to complete the work set on SMHW, the more you do now the less you will have to do when we return.

Please remember if you are trying to contact school to use the following e mail address reception@yorkhighschool.co.uk as the phones are not always staffed.

We are planning this week about what the reopening of the school will look like and as soon as we have further details I will share these with you.  Thank you to the 80 Year 10 parents who completed the survey last week the results are as follows

  1. I would send my child to school  (18%)
  2. I would send my child to school only when I was satisfied  that safety measures were in place.  (56%)
  3. I would definitely not send my child to school  (26%)

We asked for your thoughts and I was moved by just how thoughtful and caring the comments were, these have been really helpful in assisting the planning process.

Have a great week.

Rod Sims


Update Thursday 14/05/2020


Firstly I want to explain why I have remained quiet this week about the possibility of reopening.  Like all of us I expected more from the Prime Ministers announcement on Sunday and I have been waiting for more detail before speaking to you.  However this has not been forthcoming. I have always been careful to only communicate facts and not rumours.  When we know something you will know it as well.  Although there is a long document that accompanies it the following is the only direction that we have from the government.
Secondary schools, sixth form, and further education colleges to begin some face to face support with year 10 and 12 pupils, although we do not expect these pupils to return on a full-time basis at this stage
The official information for parents is available at the following link
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

There is no mention of Years 7 – 9 returning this academic year.


What does this mean for YHS?
Sometime after June 1st we may be reopening to offer some education to Year 10 at some time.  Secondary Schools across York are meeting to discuss what they might do. 


Our thoughts are as follows
We are managing this crisis by working together as a community of teachers, parents and students and we will move forward together at the right pace.  Currently reopening is only been considered for Year 10 so please could  all Year 10 Parents to take a quick one question survey so that we understand what your views are on sending your children back to school. 
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JQ6FGB6
When we have more detail we will carefully explain the plans that we will put in place when and in what form school reopens for year 10.  These will include

  • making sure that children and young people do not attend if they or a member of their household has symptoms of coronavirus
  • promoting regular hand washing for 20 seconds with running water and soap or use of sanitiser and ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the catch it, bin it, kill it approach
  • cleaning more frequently to get rid of the virus on frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, handrails and tabletops
  • minimising contact through smaller classes or group sizes and altering the environment as much as possible, such as changing the layout of classrooms
  • reducing mixing between groups through timetable changes, such as staggered break times.

Please take the survey, if you have any questions about any of this please e mail me at r.sims@yorkhighschool.co.uk
All the best

Rod Sims


Weekly Update - 7/5/2020

Bank Holiday Tomorrow

During lockdown it can be hard to remember which day is which but it is important to remember for all that we do not expect any work tomorrow from the students.  In any other time the phrase Bank Holiday Friday would be strange in itself.

It sounds as though by next week we will have been informed about the possible reopening of schools sometime in June.  As I always say I know as much as you and will find out when you do.  We are desperate to see the students again but we must balance that with the safety of students, staff and our student’s families.

What is clear is that for the rest of the year YHS at home will continue even if it is mixed with in school learning.  If anyone has any feedback about the different way that we have presented the work please let me know.  Remember the due date does not matter it is the timetable that we are following.  As always we know that it is not an ideal situation and we do not expect everything completed we want you to complete what you can.

Most of you will be completing your Maths work on Blutick at the moment.  They run a competition for the schools that complete the most questions in a week.  This week we were 7th so well done to all YHS Mathematicians.

I hope that you are all keeping safe especially those of you who are working in Care Homes at the moment.

Have a great weekend

Rod Sims


Weekly Update - 1/5/2020

Good afternoon. I hope that you enjoyed the video message that we released this afternoon about the importance of keeping going with the work and how much we miss you.  If you did not then here is the link.

http://www.yorkhighschool.co.uk/page/?title=Students&pid=1278

Changes to the way lessons are presented on SMHW

We are looking to change the way that work is set on SMHW to make it easier for you after several calls we have had from parents.  We think that the due dates are causing unnecessary stress. From Monday we want you to use the students timetables not the due dates to see what work needs doing. 

  1. Each lesson will have one piece of work set
  2. The title of the lesson will include the day, date, period and subject (For example Monday 28th April Period 3 Maths)
  3. Description will start with compulsory or extension and then the title of the lesson (For example Compulsory – Romantic Poets).  Extension work is voluntary.
  4. The due date will always be the Friday of the week that the work is set do not worry about the  due date this is not like homework we want the work that the students do to be the same as their timetabled day.

If this sounds a bit confusing see what it looks like next week and as always we would welcome your feedback.

Award winners

Two weeks ago we started Resilience awards from each teacher for those students who were working particularly hard.  Katie M, Alfie H and Sophie M received double nominations.  This weeks roll of honour is:

Matthew P, Elisha A, Emily W, Meg T, Alfie H, Mason F, Kacey E, Kian R, Lily Y, Adam O, Jack T, Grace W, Josh P, Fen M, Alfie E, Oliver F, Sarah C, Caitlin T, Jake B, Abbie J, Alex D, Jess F and especially well done to Millie S who has two nominations.

Maybe next Thursday we will get some information about when the schools will reopen.  Until then have a good weekend.


Update on Home Learning from Clair Kitchen - Deputy Head Teacher

We have been delighted by the amount of work that students are completing and submitting via Show My Homework.

As a reminder teachers are setting work each day in accordance with student timetables and marking it due for the end of the week to allow students enough time to complete it.  This week 27th April- 1st May is Week A. We would like students to spend some time each day completing some work for the 5 lessons they would have had were they in school.  However, we advise that for KS3 in particular, that this is done in small periods of time spaced throughout the day.

We know that students may find some tasks more difficult than others, so please remind them that we have been working to improve resilience this year at YHS (little did we know how much they’d need it!)  Thank you for the support and encouragement that you are giving to students, we know they won’t thank you for it so we will!

Communication

During this period of home learning we would like to encourage all students to be in regular communication with their teachers.  This could simply be in the form of submitting work via SMHW, but it could also be to let teachers know that they have found a task too easy or too difficult.  Our teachers are working hard to provide useful tasks and feedback is always useful.

If you have any questions we would encourage to ask the class teacher for that subject in the first instance and for any other enquiry please email reception@yorkhighschool.co.uk and your email will be forwarded to the most appropriate member of staff to help with your query.

Concerns

Some students and especially those in Y10 may begin to feel concerned as to how this period of time away from the classroom may affect them.  Please re-assure them that completing the work they are being set to the best of their ability is the most effective way to prepare themselves for next year.  Spending time making revision cards on the material they have covered this year and most importantly learning this information will also stand them in good stead for their return to school.

Moving forward

Although we have no idea when we will return to school I would like to take this opportunity to let you and the students of YHS know that we are missing them and can’t wait to re-open when it is safe to do so.  Take care and stay safe.

Clair Kitchen


Update

Although we are living through unprecedented times, we have been delighted by the amount of work that students are completing and submitting via Show My Homework.

As a reminder teachers are setting work each day in accordance with student timetables and marking it due for the end of the week to allow students enough time to complete it.  This week 27th April- 1st May is Week A. We would like students to spend some time each day completing some work for the 5 lessons they would have had were they in school.  However, we advise that for KS3 in particular, that this is done in small periods of time spaced throughout the day.

We know that students may find some tasks more difficult than others, so please remind them that we have been working to improve resilience this year at YHS (little did we know how much they’d need it!)  Thank you for the support and encouragement that you are giving to students, we know they won’t thank you for it so we will!

Communication

During this period of home learning we would like to encourage all students to be in regular communication with their teachers.  This could simply be in the form of submitting work via SMHW, but it could also be to let teachers know that they have found a task too easy or too difficult.  Our teachers are working hard to provide useful tasks and feedback is always useful.

If you have any questions we would encourage to ask the class teacher for that subject in the first instance and for any other enquiry please email @reception.yorkhighschool.co.uk and your email will be forwarded to the most appropriate member of staff to help with your query.

Concerns

Some students and especially those in Y10 may begin to feel concerned as to how this period of time away from the classroom may affect them.  Please re-assure them that completing the work they are being set to the best of their ability is the most effective way to prepare themselves for next year.  Spending time making revision cards on the material they have covered this year and most importantly learning this information will also stand them in good stead for their return to school.

Moving forward

Although we have no idea when we will return to school I would like to take this opportunity to let you and the students of YHS know that we are missing them and can’t wait to re-open when it is safe to do so.  Take care and stay safe.

 

Weekly Update

Well at least we have the weather, as we finish the fourth week of YHS – At Home.   At the end of every week I want to thank all of the students who have been completing the work and the parents who have been supporting your children with their studies. 

I want to share with you some of the statistics that we have gathered together this week.  Whilst we have been off school 672 of our 730 students have logged on to SMHW (Overall numbers on role are 730 of which 130 are Year 11)

By Year Group – those who have accessed SMHW and submitted some work

94% of Year 10

87% of Year 9

88% of Year 8

86% of Year 7

On the first day of The Summer term 81% of our students logged onto SMHW.  Let’s try and get the figures up to 90% next week, well done everyone who has been on SMHW.

We have records that we have contacted by phone 256 of our students at the very least as this does not include tutors and class teachers.  It does not include e-mails or SMHW comments.  We are trying really hard to make sure that we all remain proud to be part of York High in this difficult time.

As always if you have any questions or queries or need support with anything please contact us on reception@yorkhighschool.co.uk

Enjoy the weekend and stay safe.

Rod Sims


Good afternoon

I hope that everything has gone smoothly on the first day back for YHS – At Home.  There have been rumours in the media this weekend about schools reopening.  We do not have any more information than you have therefore the only thing that we can say with certainty is that for the first three weeks of the Summer term we will be closed except for the children of keyworkers. 

Year 11 Hoodies – The manufacturer has reopened today and we have been informed that the hoodies will be with us in 3 weeks.  We will keep you informed if we get any updates.

During tomorrow we will be putting on the website some useful guides about the following

Advice for Parents if you suspect your child has COVID  – 19

Parental guide to Digital safety

Advice for students on contacting Young Minds for any Mental Health difficulties

Advice for students on staying safe online.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us on reception@yorkhighschool.co.uk

All the best

Rod Sims


Welcome Back

Normally at the start of a term we would be reminding everyone to make sure that they had the right uniform/hair colour  and explaining if it was a training day on the Monday.  It is definite that we will remain closed for at least the next three weeks so it is a strange start to the Summer term  on Monday for YHS-At home.  

The same arrangements will be in place that we had before the holidays. 

Students will access work through SMHW we expect you to do as much as you can.

If you have any queries please contact school through reception@yorkhighschool.co.uk

Look forward to updating on further developments on Monday.

All the best

Rod Sims 


Free School Meals - UPDATE - 16/04/20

The National Voucher Scheme is now in place, and the first vouchers are due to be emailed out to families on Friday 17th April.

For further information about the scheme and how to apply for free school meals please click on the Parents link on the right


Update 03/04/2020

In normal times I would be writing this 15 minutes before the bell goes for the end of term.  In the last three weeks we have dealt with the most turbulent time any of us have ever known educationally.  We have been overwhelmed by the support from everyone and I want to recognise that.

  1. I want to thank on behalf of all the staff at YHS the students who are working hard at home, completing the tasks set and making sure that they do not fall behind.
  2. I want to thank on behalf of all the staff at YHS our parents, families and carers who have been so supportive of the school during this difficult time and in supporting their children to complete the work set.
  3. I would like to thank the staff at YHS for setting and marking the work, sending out certificates and ringing students and parents to support them through these difficult times.

If any keyworkers need childcare over the Easter break please contact us on

reception@yorkhighschool.co.uk

SMHW update

During the Easter holidays our teachers will not set any further work for students to complete, however this is a good opportunity for students to continue working on tasks they haven’t yet completed or to tackle some of the optional tasks that have been set by some teachers.  It would be good for everyone to spend some part of everyday reading over the holiday and we would love you to send us some photos of what you are reading!

Following the Easter break staff will re-commence the setting of work on a daily basis, however, having listened to your feedback, we will now set all deadlines for Friday of the week it is set, to allow students as much flexibility as possible as to when they complete it.  I would advise that as tasks are completed that they are returned back to the teacher so that feedback can be given.  We do understand that students may find some tasks difficult and in this situation we would ask them to:

1. Use SMHW to message their teacher for some support.

2. Use the internet (safely) to research possible solutions.

3. Move on to another piece of work.

Finally, we want all students to complete as many of their SMHW tasks as possible as this will help them greatly when they return to school, so please keep up the good work!

GCSE Exams

We have received the information on how the GCSE grades will be calculated.  There are links in the school closure part of the parent  and  student section of the website to the official advice but the main part is below

How will grades be calculated?

Your school or college will be asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each of your subjects, based on what they know about your work and achievements: 

  1.  The grade they believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned
  2. Within each subject, the order of students at your school or college, by performance, for each grade.

Your school or college will consider a range of things like your classwork and homework; your results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework you might have done; and your general progress during your course.

The grade that the school submits may not be the same as the one you receive

On other Year 11 business a message from Mrs Nicholas

Congratulations to the Year 11 Health & Social Care group, who got their exam results this week. I am really sad that I don’t get to see you open those envelopes, but hope you can celebrate in some way, safely at home. You all worked so incredibly hard to prepare for the exam & I am so proud of what each of you has achieved. Well done everyone!

If you haven’t yet contacted me & you don’t understand the result, please get in touch via SMHW or email

 

Enjoy the break as best you can and we will be raring to go again on April 20th

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 reception@yorkhighschool.co.uk

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.

FSM

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

reception@yorkhighschool.co.uk

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

http://www.yorkhighschool.co.uk/page/?title=Information+in+the+event+of+school+closure&pid=1277

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

reception@yorkhighschool.co.uk

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

https://www.yorkhighschool.co.uk/page/?title=Parents&pid=1279

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.

Transport

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.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DKLVMYR


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

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DKLVMYR


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.

Communication

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

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

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

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:  

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection


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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

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:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

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.

Coronavirus_advice_for_education_settings_poster.pdf