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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
There has been an update to the advice issued from the government which can be found on the following link:
This is in relation to the addition of the lockdown areas of Northern Italy as a category 1 lockdown area.
If you have returned from these specific areas since 19th February, you should call NHS 111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:
- specific lockdown areas in northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy
- ‘special care zones’ in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
- Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days)
We have had some queries about the schools response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We are following the frequently updated Government guidance that can be found on the following link.
We will be displaying the following poster in key areas of the school.
The risk to individuals is low, the risk to the public has been raised to moderate to allow the government to plan for all eventualities. Ourselves and City of York Council are checking the updates on a daily basis and will keep you informed of any changes.