Guidance for families during COVID-19 outbreak
Last updated: 19 January 2022
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.
All staff working in schools, nurseries and colleges and secondary school and college students should take twice-weekly rapid lateral flow tests.
Taking a test to check if you have COVID-19
Easy read versions on how to complete home lateral flow and PCR COVID-19 tests are on the government website:
You can also watch our British Sign Language video explaining how to take symptom free tests.
With the arrival of the Omicron variant, it is more important than ever that everyone takes up the opportunity of a vaccination. If your child or young person has not been vaccinated please book now.
Find out about vaccinations for 12 to 17-year-olds on the Kent and Medway CCG website.
Or read one of the following family guides for booster vaccines:
- Gov.uk booster vaccination – easy read
- Mencap - COVID-19 vaccine
- National Autistic Society - information about coronavirus vaccines.
Help from education settings
- find out about testing and face coverings for children and young people
- read how special schools are putting support in place
- download COVID-19 resources from the Council for Disabled Children.
You can also keep up to date with the latest updates and subscribe to our SEND newsletter.
Clinically extremely vulnerable children
Last updated: 3 November 2021
For more information visit the government website (including easy read, BSL and large print).
Resources with support information for parents and carers
- IASK - Social isolation resources.
- IASK - Safety information about coronavirus (easy read).
- ICAN - how to talk to children about COVID-19.
- 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: