COVID-19 Update 08/10/20

Dear Parents and Carers
Apologies for the very late email but I have just been informed that unfortunately a student in Year 11 has tonight tested positive for coronavirus.
I am not able to speak to Public Health England tonight as their lines are now closed. 
As a precautionary measure all Year 11 students should stay at home tomorrow- Friday 9th October.
I would be grateful because of the lateness of this information if parents and students could circulate this message via their own network
I will speak to Public Health England in the morning and seek further advice as to which students in Year 11 need to self-isolate for 14 days.
No students in other year groups need to self-isolate or stay off school.

Staff will continue to teach Year 11 as per the normal timetable. The students will be expected to follow their normal timetable where possible, therefore, please remind your child to log into itslearning at the time of their lessons.  


When students log into itslearning they will see the following for each lesson:

 1. Itslearning ‘task’ set by the classroom teacher on the 'plan' to deliver video/audio instructions for the lesson and share resources.

Students should click ‘completed’ to show that they have registered for the lesson and accessed the instructions.

 2. Itslearning ‘assignment’ set by the classroom teacher on the ‘plan’, so that students can interact with the teacher during the lesson, for example post work, ask questions, and receive feedback. There is no expectation to continue to engage via the ‘assignment’ after the lesson has finished unless there is an expectation to meet a deadline and hand in a particular piece of work.

I appreciate this news will undoubtably cause some concern, but it is important that we handle the situation calmly, taking all reasonable and proportionate measures to ensure all students and staff remain safe.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any concerns.


Stuart Cleary



There is standard advice from the Department for Education that is to be distributed in a letter to all parents in the event of a positive case at school:
Advice to All Parents and Carers – In the Event of a Single Confirmed Case
We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school. We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and we will be working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. The small number of people who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be asked to stay at home for 14 days.
The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via or by calling 119. All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’. Further information is available at: Further information is available at: infection 
The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online. Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community. If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period. 
Symptoms The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of: 
• a new continuous cough 
• a high temperature
• a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the website at 
If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at or by phoning 111. 
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
 There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19 
• wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
• use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
• wash your hands as soon as you get home
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
• put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.
Further Information Further information is available at 

Support Services for Young People in Ryedale

During this difficult time, we want to ensure all pupils are aware of how to access support should they need it. Here is a link to a poster with details of services available for young people.

Key Worker Update

The government have increased the list of identified "key workers". You can view this here. St Joseph's Primary have released updated information which is applicable to all schools, so we are posting it here too:

Updated Key Worker information.

Free School Meals

We are aware that a number of our students normally receive a free school meal. As you will be aware school is currently closed (to all but a few children of our keyworkers) and so obviously it is not possible to provide these free school meals on the school premises. The Government have announced a voucher scheme which will allow parents/carers of those eligible pupils to receive vouchers they can spend in local food outlets and supermarkets. The details of exactly how this scheme will work is still being developed. In the meantime we will be sending supermarket gift cards out to those parents/carers of eligible students over the next couple of days. If your child normally receives free school meals you will receive a voucher to the value of £3 per day. This will initially cover the first 10 days of school closure and so will be for a total value of £30. For those students who live in the Pickering and Thornton Dale area the voucher will be for the Co-op and for those living nearer to Scarborough or Malton the voucher will be for Morrisons. Children of keyworkers attending school who are also eligible for free school meals will not receive vouchers as we will ensure those children get their free school meal at school.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me

Stuart Cleary

Deputy Headteacher

Child protection policy.

An updated Child Protection Policy is now in place in light of the Covid-19 outbreak. Click here to download and view.