School arrangements from 19 April

All school pupils, unless shielding, will return to school after the Easter Holidays on Monday 19 April. Children who are shielding should stay at home until 26 April, in line with advice from the Chief Medical Officer.

There is no requirement for physical distancing between children and young people in primary or secondary school. Adults within a school should maintain two-metre distancing with children and other adults wherever possible. Secondary schools may have additional measures in place. Information about this will be available directly from your child’s school.

Two-metre distancing is not required for pupils travelling on school transport.

We ask that all young people attending secondary school wear a face covering at all times (apart from those who are exempt). Please provide your child with a face covering. Limited numbers of face coverings will be available in school should anyone arrive without one.

Adults in primary schools should wear a face covering at all times when moving around the school in corridors, office and admin areas, canteens (except when dining) and other confined communal areas, (including staff rooms and toilets).

Adults in secondary schools should wear a face covering at all times.  

Transport

School transport will continue. People travelling on school transport over the age of 5 should wear a face covering.

School Meals

School meals continue to be available and can be ordered in the usual way.

Symptoms

Should your child, or anyone else in the household, develop symptoms of Covid-19, please self-isolate and book a test in line with national guidance. You can book a test online.

If your child is identified as a close contact of a confirmed case of Covid-19 they must not come to school and should self-isolate in line with national guidance. Close contacts should also book a Covid-19 test. A negative test does not reduce the requirement to self-isolate.

Testing

Schools have supplies of lateral flow test kits available for all school staff in primary and secondary schools and for secondary school pupils. Undertaking the twice weekly testing is completely voluntary but could help us identify when a young person or member of staff has the virus but is not displaying symptoms.

Visiting school premises

Face coverings should be worn at all times by any adults visiting a school (whether entering the building or otherwise). Two-metre distancing should also be maintained. This includes parents / carers when dropping off or collecting children from school.