Guidance for families during COVID-19 outbreak

Last updated: 5 March 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.

Returning to school

From 8 March, school attendance is mandatory for all children and young people, unless they receive a positive test result, have to self-isolate or are clinically extremely vulnerable.

We advise that you speak with your child before returning to school to explain how they can be safe. For information you can:

Those who are aged 16 to 19 (or 19 to 25 with an educational health and care plan) should attend the majority of their planned hours at school or college.

If your child is unable to attend school or college, your child's education setting will make appropriate arrangements for you to be able to continue your education at home. They will also notify your child's social worker (if they have one) and agree with the social worker the best way to maintain contact and offer support to your child. Alongside this, they will also put in place support to check that your child can access education at home, and to check on their wellbeing.

If you have any concerns about your child attending school or college, we ask that you contact them directly.

Testing and self isolation

Details of the rules around testing and self isolation can be found on our returning to schools page.

Clinically extremely vulnerable children

Last updated: 21 February 2021

The government advice for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) is to continue to go outside for exercise, but to avoid busy areas to minimise the chance of coming into close contact with others. This exercise should be limited to once per day and you should not travel outside your area. Otherwise, please stay at home as much as possible.

Doctors have been reviewing all those who were initially identified as CEV to confirm whether they are still thought to be at highest risk. Your GP should have been in contact with you to discuss this, please follow the guidance provided by them.

Children who live with someone who is CEV should still attend school or college. Information for parents is available from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

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