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Weekly Update - 25th September 2020

Week 3 Update - Friday 25/09/2020

This has been a week of highs and lows at YHS. It has been disappointing and upsetting to have confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Year 8 and Year 9. Sadly I think that this could become just our normal way of working as we go forward. Our thoughts and best wishes are with the two students and I think it is worth mentioning at this point that no one wants to be ill or catch coronavirus, nobody is to blame.

I would like to also pass on our best wishes to the 40 plus students who have been identified as contacts who are having to self-isolate and will be staying at home this weekend. Thank you to the parents of this group who have been really understanding.

After two weeks of encouraging the students to wear face coverings we still only had a minority who were wearing face coverings in the corridors. After the news on Thursday we have made face coverings compulsory from today. We gave out nearly 150 masks today. We need your help now, can you make sure that your child has a face covering for school, it is from now part of the uniform and we will not be able to give away 150 masks everyday. If a student does not have a mask they will receive a comment in the planner. If there are medical reasons why your child can not wear a mask then please e mail staysafe@yorkhigh.southbank.academy.

This week we have been around school checking lessons and it has been an absolute privilege to see so many top quality lessons, teachers addressing the gaps from school closure in a way that leaves the students feeling confident about their progress. It can seem at the moment that a school revolves around coronavirus but I can reassure you that your children are getting a top quality education.

I want to finish this week by saying that the one thing that is certain is that we are trying our absolute best on your behalf. We are not medical professionals and we are following the advice that we are given absolutely. The staff at the school are working incredibly hard to make this work. We will not get everything right and some things are out of our control but we will not stop in our efforts to make sure that your children get the best education that they can in the safest way that they can.

Have a great weekend

Rod Sims