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Weekly Update - Friday 8th January

I only have praise this week for the staff, students and families that support York High School.  After all the uncertainty of the previous weekend you have all been fantastic.  The remote learning is not perfect but it is so much better than what we were able to provide before.

We were able to have our second video parents evening last night, can I urge everyone to book appointments for future parents evenings as I think it is as good as the parents evenings in school.  Nobody has to worry about getting to the next teacher so they can stick to their times as all of the appointments are the same length. The conversations seem more relaxed and productive when it is private and not in a busy school hall.  The software makes it really easy to do from a phone, tablet or laptop.

This school closure is very different from last time, the teaching staff are all working exceptionally hard delivering remote lessons and are not able to look after the critical worker and vulnerable students that are in school.  Our Teaching assistants and cover supervisors are looking after the students in school and are doing a superb job.  Next week we will have at least 65 students in school each day which is close to 10% of the school.  As the numbers are high we are having to make sure that our safety measures are in place. It will start to become difficult if the numbers go over 80 so if you are able to keep your child at home please do.  As a reminder, can we make sure that all students are brought into school at 8.40 to be ready for lessons to start at 9am.

We have distributed over 100 chromebooks and we have 80 more on order but we do not have a confirmed delivery date so please be patient.

Next week on Tuesday Year 11 will be off timetable during period 3 to attend a virtual assembly where they will be shown how to access the virtual York College taster sessions.

Please be aware that we will have staff absence at times during the lockdown, students will be set work but there will not be a live part to the lesson.

These are really difficult times that we are facing, the way that everyone has pulled together should make us all proud to be part of the YHS community.

Take care, stay safe and have the best weekend you can.

Rod Sims