Schools opening: guidance for parents and carers
Updated 22 June 2020
Some primary schools have reopened to children in nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6. Some early years settings, secondary schools, colleges and special schools have also started to reopen to more children.
Each school and setting has made its own decision on how it will open to more children and young people based on the completion of a health and safety risk assessment. Contact your child’s school or setting to find out about their plans for reopening.
Children can attend if they:
- are in a year group now eligible to return
- are a vulnerable child from any year group
- are a child of a critical worker from any year group
- live with someone who is clinically vulnerable, including those who are pregnant
- live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable and shielding, only if they and others can understand and maintain social distancing in their setting
Children must not attend if:
- they, or someone they live with are self-isolating because they have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
- they’re not in a group eligible to attend, even if they have siblings who are returning
- they’re clinically extremely vulnerable and shielding (parents of clinically vulnerable children should follow medical advice)
- they live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable and shielding and they or others can’t maintain social distancing in their setting
Contact your child’s school or setting if you are unsure about these guidelines.
Do I have to send my child to school?
It is not compulsory to send your child to school or college at this time. You will not be fined if you choose not to.
Your school or setting will need to keep in touch with you so they can plan their provision.
You may wish to contact your school or setting to ask any questions you may have or seek reassurance.
You may change your decision at a later date.
Your school will keep you up-to-date with their arrangements.
When your child goes back to school
Your school or nursery will let you know about:
- how classes will be organised
- cleaning and health and safety
- what your child will need to bring
- what your child will need to wear
- dropping off and collecting your child from school or nursery
Confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus
The Department for Education has guidance on what will happen if there is a confirmed or suspected case of coronavirus in your child’s school or nursery.
Travelling to and from school
- plan your child’s journey ahead of time
- walk or cycle if you can
- avoid public transport where possible
Arrangements for home to school transport are being managed between schools and their transport operator. This service will continue, but you may experience some changes, such as fewer people allowed on the vehicle. Please contact your school or college for further information.
Supporting your child to return to school
Talk to your child about returning to school and explain it may be different. Tell them:
- they’ll be in a smaller class than usual
- they’ll be asked to wash their hands more often
- they may not be in their usual room
- they may even go outside for lessons
- they might sit further away from others in class
Explain that these things are important to do at the moment to help reduce the spread of germs.
If you need help with this:
- watch the Department for Education videos on Facebook:
- visit the Livewell Essex website for mental health and wellbeing support
- speak to your child’s school or nursery for further advice
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