WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 14 January 2022

COVID-19 Vaccinations for 12 to 15 year olds

City of York Council’s Public Health team is reminding parents, carers and young people that children can get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination from the day they turn 12 years old.

Most children can get a second dose from 12 weeks after they have had their first dose.

If your child has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not in an ‘at risk’ group to COVID, they will need to wait 12 weeks before they can have either a first or second dose.

Children can get their vaccination:

For more information on COVID-19 vaccinations for 12 to 15 year olds go to: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

For anyone aged 16 and over who has not had either their first, second or booster vaccination there are many opportunities to book an appointment or walk-in for more details of clinics – click here for details: NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group – Book your COVID-19 vaccine and Booster appointment (valeofyorkccg.nhs.uk)

Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19

From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. Full details can be found here.

Google Classrooms – Key Stage 3 students

From Monday 17 January, new Google Classrooms will be available for students in Years 7, 8 and 9 who are absent but well enough to complete school work (eg because they are self-isolating).

There is a separate classroom for each year group, where students can find all the work they need for the week in all their subjects. The work is designed to be suitable for independent home learning.

Most subjects will post a week’s worth of content at the beginning of each week in a single post. WIthin that post, there may be more than one lesson, depending on the number of lessons students would normally have in a week for that subject. Some subjects will post two weeks’ worth of lessons at a time – this will be clearly indicated within the post. Posts from the previous week will be archived as new work is posted to make it as easy as possible to find the right work.

Students should take the opportunity to join the relevant year group class even if they are currently attending school full time. This will make it quicker and easier for them to access the classrooms should they need to be absent in the future.

The Google Classroom details are as follows:

  • Year 7 – 6ceeqfy
  • Year 8 – 3a554m3
  • Year 9 – kc4hfsp
Students in Years 10 and 11 who are absent should continue to access their lessons via their classroom teachers’ individual Google Classrooms.

Year 11 Maths revision

The mathematics department has signed up to an online tutor package to help with revision and catch up. We are currently asking all Year 11 students to sign up to the programme, and will roll this out to the whole school over this half term. More information can be found in the attached document.

Students have been shown this in class but if you do have any further questions please contact Mr Bruce.

Our after-school revision sessions will start on Tuesday 18 January in PC2 and PC3. At the first session, the department staff will be on hand to help students sign up to the online platform which they will then be able to use. Subsequent sessions will take place every Tuesday in PC2 and PC3, and staff will be available to help students use the platform to create bespoke revision paths.

The department also sells revision guides. Your child’s class teacher can show these in class if you would like more information.

Job vacancies

Would you like to work at Millthorpe School? We currently have a few vacancies advertised, details of which can be found on our website. Current vacancies include:

  • Science Technician
  • Assistant Food Technician
  • School Cleaner
  • Numeracy and Literacy Tutors

Post-16 opportunities

CAPA College, which provides full time arts training and education for students aged 16-19, is holding a Virtual Open Day on Sunday 16 January at 2pm. Full details about the event can be found here.

#WakeUpWednesdays – A Parents Guide to Replika

This week’s #WakeUpWednesday from National Online Safety is about Replika – an app that we were not familiar with but does concern us. We have shared the information from NOS below and their guide which you can see here. Please could we ask you to take the time to check your child’s devices to see if they are using this concerning app, and use the guide to support you in managing it if they are.

NOS describe Replika as “a virtual best friend who’s available 24/7 and almost exclusively wants to talk about you. Sounds fantastic doesn’t it? Replika mixes deep questions about a user’s hopes and fears with lighter enquiries about their preferred pizza toppings. Confiding in a realistic bot can also ease the stigma that someone might feel in opening up to another human about emotional or mental issues.”

“The app’s makers, however, are at pains to stress that it is not a medically certified service. As our #WakeUpWednesday guide discovers, the chance of actually worsening a mental or emotional problem is among the possible risks of using Replika – along with the potential for addiction, expensive in-app purchases and receiving inappropriate content from the chatbot.”