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Returning to school safely

Schools across England will be fully re-opening from 8th March.

For more information, please check the school’s website or contact the school directly.

Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, has also written an open letter to parents, carers and guardians about the return to classroom-based learning.

All schools are responsible for following national coronavirus guidance that has been carefully prepared by the Department for Education. This guidance makes sure the right measures in place to welcome students back safely.

You can read the national guidance for the full opening of schools on the government’s website. It includes:

  • advice on managing risk
  • guidance on cleaning
  • information for pupils with education, health and care plans
  • how to manage visitors to schools
  • resources to support teaching children about hygiene measures

If you have any questions or concerns about the arrangements at your child’s school, please contact the school directly or check the school’s website to see what measures are in place.

Information for parents and carers 

The Government has published official guidance for parents and carers of children at:

  • registered childcare providers (including nurseries and childminders)
  • primary and secondary schools (including independent schools, maintained schools, academy trusts, free schools and special schools)
  • colleges (for the purposes of this guidance ‘colleges’ means publicly funded sixth form and further education colleges, independent training providers and special post-16 institutions)

You can read this guidance online

Home to School Transport

We have published our own guidance explaining the coronavirus safety measures that will be in place on our Home to School Transport Services, when children return to school.

Please read this guidance carefully if your child uses any of our Home to School Transport Services, including buses, minibuses and taxis:

Home to School transport guidance for parents

Support for Children returning to school

We know that the majority of children have been away from school for several months, and that some may be anxious about returning to the classroom.

Young Minds have advice on supporting a child going back to school after lockdown.

NSPCC also have information on how to talk to a child who is worried about going back to school.

Kooth Online provides safe, anonymous support through online counsellors, chat messaging, discussion boards, useful articles and moderated forums.

Returning to secondary or further education
Returning to primary school

COVID-19 symptoms and testing

If anyone in your home becomes unwell with a new and persistent cough, a high temperature, or has a loss of (or change in) their normal sense of taste or smell, they must stay at home and follow national stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed case of coronavirus.

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms should self-isolate for at least 10 days and arrange to have a have a free coronavirus test.

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