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Coronavirus & Returning to School Guidance

Posted on May 29th, 2020

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Should I keep my child at home if they have an underlying health condition or live with someone in a clinically vulnerable group?

  1. Children and young people who are considered extremely clinically vulnerable and shielding should continue to shield and should not be expected to attend (see Appendix 1).
  2. Clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable) people are those considered to be at a higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus (see Appendix 2). A minority of children will fall into this category, are expected to attend school with strict social distancing measures in place. Parents should follow medical advice if their child is in this category and is unwell.  Click Here
  3. Children and young people who live in a household with someone who is extremely clinically vulnerable and shielding should only attend if stringent social distancing can be adhered to and the child or young person is able to understand and follow those instructions (see Appendix 1). 
  4. Children and young people who live with someone who is clinically vulnerable (but not extremely clinically vulnerable) as defined in the social distancing guidance and including those who are pregnant, can attend.

We also wanted to reassure you that schools have been instructed as follows:

  • To carry out a risk assessment before opening to more children and young people, and directly address risks associated with coronavirus so that sensible measures can be put in place to minimise those risks for children, young people and staff.
  • To make sure that children and young people do not attend if they or a member of their household has symptoms of coronavirus.
  • To promote regular hand washing for 20 seconds with running water and soap or use of sanitiser and ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the catch it, bin it, kill it approach.
  • To clean more frequently, to get rid of the virus on frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, handrails, table tops, play equipment and toys.
  • To minimise contact through smaller classes or group sizes and altering the environment as much as possible, such as changing the layout of classrooms.
  • To reduce mixing between groups through timetable changes, such as staggered break times or by introducing staggered drop-off and collection times.

We sincerely hope you will find this guidance note useful, and that it will also help to alleviate some of your concerns. We ask that parents continue to follow the most up to date national guidance published on this issue, during the Covid-19 pandemic. Further information is available at Click Here

Back to School Appendix 1 & 2