Shropshire Council

Coronavirus and returning to school safely

Returning to schools and colleges will be different in September.

We understand you may have concerns, and Shropshire Council has put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions for parents and pupils.

This will help to ease any anxiety or worries that your child may feel. The Department for Education has produced videos which show what it has been like for children returning to school during the summer term. You may find these YouTube videos useful to share with your child.

Returning to primary school:

Returning to secondary school:

We are aware that these extraordinary circumstances may have an effect on a child's mental wellbeing and local and national support and advice is available by following this link.

Statutory requirement

The government is expecting every child to go back to school in September. Returning to school is extremely important for all children because education is a fundamental part of your child's development. The skills and knowledge that they learn will help them now and in later life as they progress towards further education or start work.

There may be a small number of children who are unable to return due to medical conditions. If you think this may affect you, please speak to your child's medical specialist and their school.

There is more information for parents and carers about your child returning to school on the Government website as part of the #backtoschoolsafely campaign, which will be updated regularly. You can also follow #backtoschoolsafely on social media for the latest updates.

Safety measures

School and college staff have worked hard to put safety measures in place. Your child's school or college will contact you to explain their specific changes.

Safety measures include:

  • Having good and increased hand washing practices in place
  • Keeping the number of people who are in contact with each other as low as possible (this may be through staggered break times or keeping children in year group 'bubbles')
  • Increased cleaning of the school facilities and equipment

You can help to control the virus and protect your child and others by following the instructions given and explaining to your child why these measures are important.

School transport

Guidance on schools transport measures can be found by following this link.

Covid symptoms

Please remember that if your child has a continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste, please book a test online, or call 119, and keep them off school to self-isolate for 10 days (tests are available for children age 5 and over).

There is more advice on Coronavirus in children on the NHS website.

If someone in the household tests positive for COVID-19, everyone in that household must self-isolate (stay at home) for 14 days. Your child will not be able to attend school.
If a staff member is unwell they will not attend school. School staff and families may also be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace programme and asked to self-isolate.

For local advice about coronavirus follow this link.
For the latest government coronavirus guidance visit: www.gov.uk/coronavirus