Knaresborough school closed to years 9, 10 and 12 as new coronavirus guidelines lead to reduced staff

King James's School in Knaresborough has sent out an email to parents asking them not to send in pupils in year 9, 10 and 12 today - with changed timetable plans for the rest of the week.

Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 12:22 pm

The emails explains that following new guidelines from the Government yesterday, including increased social distancing and tougher self-isolation measures, a number of staff have been unable to come into work, meaning the school is unable to run at full capacity.

Mr Carl Sugden said in his statement: "I chose partial closure to try to limit the impact on your childcare arrangements, hence bringing in the younger pupils, and also to maintain teaching for year 11 and 13 in particular."

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The school says it will keep parents informed on any updates to who should be in school.

He said the school will be holding a training day tomorrow, Wednesday, to train staff on using distance learning techniques going forwards after spending this week getting its VLE ready.

He also said that the Bewerley Park trip has been cancelled and the georgraphy field trip for year 12 has been postponed and these will be refunded in due course.

Mr Sugden is urging parents and carers to continue to check their text messages in the morning and read all communication from the school to stay updated on which groups will be in school.

As it stands, the plans are currently to open to the school to years 7, 9, 11 and 13 on Thursday years 8, 10 and 12 on Friday - but this is subject to change and any new information will be sent out to parents.