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004 bus delayed this afternoon

Route 004 will be delayed reaching Hanbury this afternoon as the road is closed at Newborough for a village event. Staffs County Transport have asked that the bus be let through the closure. 

Yr 13 Trial Exams: Delayed Start

Dear Parents or Carers

Year 13 Trial Exams: January 2022

Last week, the Government announced that all students will now need to complete a Covid-19 LFD test, on the school site, before returning to school after the Christmas break. A testing schedule will be shared with you shortly. As Year 13 trial exams were due to commence on Wednesday 5th January, we have had to delay the start of these until Monday January 10th.  New exam timetables will be published and shared with students before the start of next week and an updated generic timetable will also be uploaded to our website by midday on Wednesday (click here).

Students will be expected to revise at home between Wednesday 5th and Friday 7th of January, unless they have been timetabled to attend a Covid-19 test on the school site. During this time, staff will be available, via MS Teams, to provide support during the time that students would normally have their lesson.

Students will only be expected to attend when they have an exam scheduled. If a student would prefer to revise on the school site, from Monday January 10th they will be able to use the LRC. Please remind your son/daughter that they will need to sign in and out using the iPad system in the sixth form reception. All students should adhere to the dress code and will need to present their ID card/lanyard when entering the exam room.

If a student studies a vocational subject e.g. BTEC or CTEC, then they will be able to attend online lessons between Wednesday 5th and Friday 7th January. From Monday 10th January, all vocational students are expected to attend their lessons on the school site unless they have an exam. Please remind your son/daughter that they will need to let their teacher know that they are in an exam and cannot attend the lesson.

Once again, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support.

Yours faithfully

Alison Spencer

Assistant Head of School: Director of Sixth Form

 

 

247 Bus running late

We have been made aware by Viking Travel that the 247 bus has broken down and is running 45 minutes late.

School phone lines not working

All of the school phone lines are currently unavailable.  If you need to report your child's absence please email attendance@jths.co.uk

All other queires should be emailed to office@jths.co.uk

Many thanks

Absence line currently unavailable

The Absence line is currently unavailable and we are unable to listen to any of the messages that have been left this morning.  If you need to report your child's absence please email attendance@jths.co.uk

Many thanks

Attendance Team

Year 9 Options and COVID Vaccinations Update

Dear Parent / Carer,

We have two important messages to share with you this evening.

Year 9 Virtual KS4 Options Evening

The virtual KS4 Options Evening for Year 9 students has now gone live on the school website. John Taylor High School (jths.co.uk)

Students in Year 9, and their parents, will be able to view an introductory video from Mr Twynham, view individual subject presentations and input their options from this evening. We would encourage all Year 9 students and their parents to spend some time over the next week or two viewing the content so that informed decisions can be made. The options page can be accessed from the home page of the school website by selecting the KS4 Options tile. There is a further link to submitting the options from this page. Students will need to login to submit their options using their school username and their date of birth.

The deadline for submitting options is Monday 13th December.

COVID Vaccinations – 23rd November

You will be aware that the NHS Immunisation Team were unable to vaccinate all the students who had consented to their COVID vaccines last Thursday. They will be in school tomorrow to complete this process.

However, we have received the following information from the Immunisation Team:

Following new guidelines, children under 18 need to be 12 weeks clear of their positive Covid test date for them to be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

Therefore, students falling into this category, will not be invited to receive the vaccination on Tuesday 23rd November.

We apologise for the late issuing of this notice, but we were made aware of this after school on Friday evening. If you still wish to have you child vaccinated, and haven’t been able to do this through the School Immunisation Team, you can book a COVID jab for your child via the National Booking Service or by ringing 119.

With best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team

Year 9 Options Evening

Dear Parents/Carers and Students

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing infection rates in the local area, we have had to make the decision to cancel some on-site events this term. This includes our KS4 Options Evening for Year 9. This was due to take place on Monday, 22nd November 2021. I am, however, pleased to announce that KS4 Options Evening will be moved to a virtual event which will go live, via the school website on Monday evening.

We ran last year’s Options Evening as a virtual event, and it proved to be very successful with our parents and students.

All the information students need to complete their options will be found by accessing our designated webpage from the front page of the school website www.jths.co.uk – select the KS4 Options button. Again this will be available from Monday evening.

I would ask that families spend some time over the next two weeks viewing the main presentation and the subject presentations before making a final decision about KS4 selections. The videos are hosted in YouTube so please be patient as they upload.

The main benefits to this approach is that parents and students can view as many subject presentations as they wish and over a longer period of time.

The deadline for options submission is Monday 13th December 2021.

This year we are asking students to select 5 subjects in order of preference of study. The school will then allocate them to three options subjects. We will do our best to accommodate the students’ top three choices of subjects.

If you have any specific options questions, please send these to the designated options email, options@jths.co.uk.

With very best wishes

J Twynham

Deputy Head of School

COVID Update Whole School 10.11.21

Dear Parents and Carers,

In addition to yesterday’s correspondence, we wanted to provide you with an update regarding the current COVID cases in school, the advice that we have received from the local health and protection team, and actions that we will take as part of our local outbreak management plan.

We have had a number of cases reported in different year groups again today. As we said yesterday, this is reflective of the local case rate in East Staffordshire.

The advice from the local outbreak is as follows:

  • For a class/bus where there is 10% of the class/bus with a positive case, parents will receive a letter asking them to take their children for a precautionary PCR test.
  • For a class where 25% of the students have tested positive, students will be asked to undertake remote learning from home, with a review on the third school day. Parents will receive separate communication to that effect.
  • The school should implement aspects of our outbreak management plan.

Our additional actions from out outbreak management plan are as follows:

  • Face coverings (of a plain colour) to be worn in indoor communal areas and school transport (unless exempt). All staff/students are able to wear face coverings in lessons should they wish to. Please can you ensure your children come to school with spare face masks. All students on school transport, who did not have a mask today, received a disposable one from a member of staff.
  • Students will receive a reminder during registration tomorrow about COVID safe behaviours and hygiene.
  • All year group assemblies to be delivered remotely.
  • Enhanced cleaning is already being implemented, with additional cleaning for high use areas and touch points.
  • Classrooms are to be kept as well-ventilated as possible. As the weather gets colder, we would encourage students to wear a school jumper under their blazer (please refer to the uniform policy) and they should have an appropriate winter coat to wear over their blazer, where needed.

We have asked staff with any students in their classes who have been asked to learn remotely from home, to set work through Go4Schools. If a full class is learning remotely, a live lesson will be delivered through Teams. If you have issues with IT provision at home, please contact the school.

We appreciate that there have been several communications going out from us over the past two days. We are working to ensure that the information provided to you is as clear as possible. Any correspondence about precautionary PCRs or remote learning notifications, from this point forward, will have the class group or bus clearly indicated in the first paragraph of the letter. If your child belongs to more than one identified group, you will receive multiple notifications. We do apologise for this but, due to the way groups are set up in SchoolZine, it is impossible to avoid.

Thank you for your continued understanding.

With very best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team

Possible COVID Close Contact

Dear Parents/Carers

We have been advised that there have been a number confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the school. Some have been linked to the bus route JT2/806 that your child travels on. We have followed the national guidance and that from the Local Outbreak Team who have advised that, whilst your child is not required to self-isolate (unless they symptoms), it would be appropriate that they are booked in for a PCR test as soon as possible.  

PCR tests can be booked online through the NHS Test & Trace website or by calling 119. Your child can continue to attend school while they await the results of the test. We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID-19 to others in the community.

If individuals are having difficulties booking a test online they should use the ‘my council/local authority has asked me to book a test’ option

If the PCR test is positive, they will be required to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the test.  Please see the link to the PHE Staying at Home Guidance.  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they 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 https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. 

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

Do

  • 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

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

We recognise how difficult the past 18 months have been and the sacrifices that all families, education and childcare settings have had to make. This has been an enormously challenging time for everyone, and we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for everything you have done.

With best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team

Potential COVID Close Contact

Dear Parents/Carers

We have been advised that there have been a number confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the school. Some have been linked to the bus route 004 that your child travels on. We have followed the national guidance and that from the Local Outbreak Team who have advised that, whilst your child is not required to self-isolate (unless they symptoms), it would be appropriate that they are booked in for a PCR test as soon as possible.  

PCR tests can be booked online through the NHS Test & Trace website or by calling 119. Your child can continue to attend school while they await the results of the test. We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID-19 to others in the community.

If individuals are having difficulties booking a test online they should use the ‘my council/local authority has asked me to book a test’ option

If the PCR test is positive, they will be required to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the test.  Please see the link to the PHE Staying at Home Guidance.  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they 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 https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. 

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

Do

  • 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

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

We recognise how difficult the past 18 months have been and the sacrifices that all families, education and childcare settings have had to make. This has been an enormously challenging time for everyone, and we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for everything you have done.

With best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team