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Covid-19: Returning to School Parent Questionnaire February 2021

Living with Covid: the end of routine testing in schools, colleges and childcare settings

Whilst specific guidance for schools has not yet been published, click here for a document that was released on 30th March 2022, specifically for parents and carers of school aged children. The key points to note at present are:

  • Routine testing for Covid-19 no longer takes place
  • Children and Young People under 18 who test positive (having displayed symptoms) are encouraged to remain home for 3 days and over 18’s for 5 days to prevent transmission. Test kits can be purchased online or from your pharmacist;
  • Baseline measures in schools such as increased hygiene practices and ventilation should remain in place;
  • Any further vaccinations will take place outside of school settings.

Can my child still get a Covid-19 vaccine?

From 1st April the in-school COVID-19 vaccination programme will come to an end. However, 12 to 15 year olds will still be able to access the vaccine outside of schools at a vaccination centre, pharmacy or walk-in centre.  Parents can book a Covid-19 vaccination appointment online or by speaking to their GP or calling 119. Alternatively, they can find a walk-in Covid-19 vaccination site.

From April, healthy 5-11 year olds will also be offered the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinations will take place outside of schools in vaccination centres, pharmacies, GPs and walk-in centres. Parents of 5-11 year olds will receive a letter from the NHS with further information. Online bookings for 5-11 year olds will open in April.

The latest Local Authority guidance around Covid and respiratory infections can be found here:

Education settings – standard respiratory control precautions

Standard infection control behaviours and responsibilities

Respiratory infections stay at home requirements

Covid-19 cose contacts of a positive case – employees

Pupil Wellbeing and Mental Health

There is a new webpage with lots of useful information and advice for families. The website includes information on school transport; test and trace; attendance; starting school and emotional well-being and transition support.