School closures, education and childcare

This page has information for educational settings, parents and carers.

We also have an information for residents page, where families of children and young people can find family friendly activities to do at home and information on  protecting your family's mental health.

Phased re-opening of schools

The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance on the protective measures schools and childcare settings should implement before re-opening on 1 June 2020.

All schools are completing risk assessments before opening to larger groups of children and young people, to make sure any actions they take reflect the DfE guidance.

Contact your child's school for the latest information about how and when they will re-open:

Read government advice for parents about the phased re-opening of schools

Read general government advice for parents and carers

School transport

We are working with schools to make sure that any school transport arranged when children return to school is safe.

We will be following government's safer travel guidance for passengers.

Once plans are finalised, we will let parents and schools know.

We will be providing transport for pupils returning to school on 1 June who are entitled to free or assisted transport. 

All vehicles will be operated in accordance with government guidance on safer travel - this includes significantly reduced passengers per vehicle and enhanced cleaning regimes before and after every use.  

If you have any enquiries, email our transport team:

School attendance legislation changes

The Secretary of State for Education has issued a notice, which means parents can can not be prosecuted or receive a criminal conviction by not sending their children to school between 1 and 30 June 2020.

Read the notice on the government website

Information for parents and carers

The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance and resources to support you:

Free school meals vouchers

If you are eligible for free school meals, you can get a weekly £15 voucher from your child's school to use for buying your child's food in supermarkets.

Read the full government guidance for more information about this scheme.

For the COVID summer food fund, your child's school are ordering the vouchers. 

Read the government guidance on the COVID summer food fund.

Information about EHC assessments, plans and annual reviews

Read an update on EHC assessments, plans and annual reviews on the Rutland Information Service Local Offer website.

Closure of educational settings: information for parents

Read the government guidance for schools, childcare providers and colleges.

Questions about childcare settings

You can email any questions about childcare settings in Rutland to our early years team at:

School opening for children of key workers

 Schools have been asked to provide care for children:

  • who are vulnerable 
  • with key worker parents, who cannot be looked after safely at home

Government guidance has defined which workers are classed as 'key workers'.

If your child(ren) can safely cared for at home, they should be - even if you are a key worker. This is so our schools can stay open for children who absolutely need to attend.

Your child's school will provide you with more information:

Cancelled exams

Read government guidance on the cancellation of exams.

Support for vulnerable children

Read government guidance about supporting vulnerable children.

Guidance for schools and other educational settings

Read government guidance for schools and other educational settings.

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