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Coronavirus: a helping hand for residents

This is where you can find information about coronavirus (COVID-19) including what you can do to protect and help yourself.

Published on: 15 January 2021

Last updated: 9 April 2021


All primary schools, secondary schools, special and alternative provision schools, colleges and further education settings are open to all pupils.

Safety is of utmost priority as face-to-face teaching resumes for everyone, and existing COVID-19 measures have been strengthened to keep children and staff safe including:

  • the bubble system will remain in place.
  • enhanced cleaning, particularly in areas used by different groups and frequently touched surfaces
  • face coverings are advised for staff and students in secondary schools and colleges in all areas, where social distancing cannot be maintained and as a temporary extra measure
  • Regular, twice weekly symptom-free testing is now available for the nursery, school and college community, including children, parents, support bubbles and staff.

To find out about the measures in place, please see our back to school information or contact your child's school directly. 

More information about symptom-free testing can be found here.

We appreciate that this is a challenging time for families and that some parents and guardians have understandable concerns about education. We encourage parents and guardians to have a conversation with their child’s school where a member of staff will be able to discuss their approach and address any specific concerns.

To access guidance and service information relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), please visit our SEND Local Offer webpage.

Read the government’s guidance for schools

Visit our Family Information Service website