Guidance for families during COVID-19 outbreak
Last updated: 15 June 2021
Although national lockdown has been effective and cases have now fallen, the levels of infection still remain high and still pose a high risk threat to those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.
For the latest government advice for those shielding and protecting people visit the Council for Disabled Children's website or contact your child’s school.
Back to school
Pupils have been able to attend school since 8 March.
Attendance is mandatory unless your child is self-isolating through receiving a positive test result or they are clinically extremely vulnerable.
To safeguard the health of the teachers and pupils, the government have made rapid lateral flow tests available to schools and colleges. Lateral flow tests can also be accessed directly for households, childcare and support bubbles of primary and secondary school pupils and for households, childcare and support bubbles of primary and secondary school staff. This testing will also help keep safe those in the community who are clinically extremely vulnerable and their families.
- download the government's easy read guide
- download the government's parent guide
- visit our return to school page for helpful advice
- read and subscribe to our latest SEND newsletter.
If you have any concerns about your child attending school or college, we ask that you contact them directly.
Support from Provision Evaluation Officers
Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities may find the re-adjustment to school life and routines more difficult than their peers.
The Provision Evaluation Officer (PEO) team works with parents and schools where children or young people with SEND are struggling with the transition back to school.
They already work closely with schools and colleges to support and advise as well as monitor the provision for pupils and students with SEND, whether they have Education, Health and Care Plans or are receiving SEN Support with or without High Needs Funding.
PEOs are all qualified teachers with considerable experience working with children and young people with SEND.
There is at least one PEO for every district in Kent. The team also includes a PEO for further education and for independent schools for pupils with an EHCP.
If you would like to speak to the PEO for the district that your child’s school is in please email Tania Lawrence email@example.com who will pass on your contact details to the relevant PEO.
Clinically extremely vulnerable children
Last updated: 3 June 2021
It is important that you continue to receive the care and support you need to help you stay safe and well. We and the NHS are making every effort to ensure services remain open and as safe as possible.
You should continue to seek support from the NHS for your existing health conditions. You can access a range of NHS services from home, including ordering repeat prescriptions or contacting your health professional through an online consultation. To find out more visit NHS Health at home, or download the NHS app.
Information and support for parents and carers
- School transport for SEND children and young people
- Free school meals
- How to look after your mental health and the wellbeing of your family
- Short break activities with face to face clubs
- Our latest service updates
- Download our back to school SEND newsletter edition
National government support
- Shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19
- Learn what you can and cannot do on the government website
- Home education resources (non SEND)
- Home education resources (SEND)
- Home education resources for under 5s
- Home education resources to support children with a learning disability or autistic spectrum disorder (ASD)
- Visit the NHS youth health service for looking after your mental health during coronavirus.
- What is coronavirus? (easy read)
- Download The Keep Safe easy read guidance posters for families during coronavirus
- The Positive Approaches to Support website is for families who care for children, young people or adults with a learning disability or developmental difficulty (including those who are autistic)
- View the latest government guidance which has sought to balance the need for children and young people requiring Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGPs) to be in their school or college, whilst ensuring that the safety of all staff and pupils has been considered.
- BBC Bitesize have put together some useful tips and guidance to support parents in coping with homeschooling, lockdown and your child's mental health.
- Mencap offer a large amount of online easy read guides dealing with how to: