Covid 19 Information

Information for parents and carers about attending schools from September 2021

The government has issued new guidance for schools and education settings for when pupils return in September 2021.

Many COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed but some precautions remain.

Key messages from government guidance

  • Schools and education settings will be returning to face-to-face education.
  • School attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age and strongly encouraged at childminders, nurseries and colleges.
  • Schools do not need to keep pupils in consistent groups or bubbles.
  • Face coverings are no longer advised for staff or pupils in schools but are recommended in crowded spaces such as school buses.
  • Secondary schools and colleges have been asked to do on-site testing at the beginning of the autumn term.
  • Schools, colleges and nurseries will no longer trace close contacts – close contacts will be identified via NHS Test and Trace

Attendance

Attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age. It is your legal duty as a parent or carer to send your child to school regularly if they are registered at one.

If you have concerns about your child attending, you should discuss these with your school or college.

Mixing and bubbles

Schools and education settings are no longer required to keep children in consistent groups, called bubbles.

Individual schools may decide to keep some safety measures in place such as one-way systems to control crowds.

If there is an outbreak in your school, nursery or college or in your area you might be advised that it is necessary to reintroduce bubbles or to keep groups apart for a temporary period to reduce mixing between groups.

Please follow any requests from your school, nursery or college.

Face coverings

Face coverings are no longer routinely advised for staff or pupils in schools but they are still recommended in crowded spaces such as school buses.

If there is an outbreak in your school, nursery or college, or if your school nursery, school, or college is in an enhanced response area, you might be advised that face coverings should temporarily be worn in communal areas or classrooms by pupils, staff and visitors, unless exempt.

Please follow any requests from your school, nursery or college.

Testing

At the start of the autumn term all secondary school and college pupils will be asked to take two lateral flow tests at school, three to five days apart.

Schools will be contacting parents to get consent and explain the arrangements.

Secondary school pupils will be asked to continue to test twice a week at home, at least until the end of September when government will review the situation.

Pupils with a positive lateral flow test result should self-isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test. Those who test positive will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and instructed to isolate.

If your child has COVID-19 symptoms

Do not send your child to their school, nursery, childminder or college if:

If you or your child develop symptoms, self-isolate immediately and book a test online with the NHS or call 119.

If your child is identified as a contact of a positive COVID case

You may be contacted by NHS Test and Trace or the school or education setting and informed that your child has been identified as a contact. They will not need to isolate but will need to book a PCR test. They can still attend school or nursery if they have no symptoms and feel well. If the test is positive or they have symptoms they must then isolate at home for 10 days.

Others in the household will not be required to isolate if they are fully vaccinated or are below the age of 18 years and 6 months. If others in the household are over 18 and 6 months but not fully vaccinated, they must isolate as a contact.

If your child has to isolate

If your child is advised to stay at home and isolate, remote learning should be put in place by the school.

You may be eligible for a £500 test and Trace Support Payment if you have to care for a child who has been told to isolate and you are on a low income and unable to work from home.

School transport

Face coverings are recommended on dedicated school transport and public transport.

Vaccination

Vaccines give good protection against becoming seriously ill and dying of COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccines are available for:

  • everyone aged 16 or over
  • some children aged 12 to 15 who have a higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 or who live with someone at high risk of catching it

Find out more about who can get a COVID-19 vaccine and where to get them in Bradford District

More information

The government has also put together some guidance