York school closes to students in Years 8 and 9

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A York school can no longer cope with teaching all its students.

So Joseph Rowntree School has taken the decision to close to all students in Years 8 and 9 from tomorrow (Wednesday, 18 March).

A letter has been sent home to parents from head teacher Dave Hewitt explaining the move.

In it he says the “measures that were put in place yesterday by the Government have resulted in a significant number of staff being absent from school with further absences anticipated in the next few days.

“This level of absence means that we are no longer able to staff the whole school timetable.”

Students in Years 7, 10, 11, 12 and 13 should still attend school as normal.

The decision has been taken to allow exam classes to continue as long as possible and to keep their youngest year group in school.

Mr Hewitt said the school is uploading resources to Google Classroom that will be accessible from home for all students and we will contact parents show them how to access these resources.

He adds:

  • This is a very challenging time for the country and our school community and we are having to make decisions in a very tight timeframe.

    Thank you for your continued support for the school at this time.