Schools, education and childcare COVID-19 safety in schools

Extra measures in schools

Following government advice, it has been compulsory for children of all school years to attend school from the start of the academic year in September 2020. 

Our schools are working hard to provide a well-managed environment to reduce the risk of infection. The measures being taken under the advice of Public Health England to lower the chance of transmission include: 

  • changes in pick up and drop off points, improved signage and one-way movement systems 
  • ensuring those who have coronavirus symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend 
  • adults and pupils aged 12 or older wearing face coverings when moving around the school or in communal areas 
  • washing hands more often than usual 
  • promoting good hygiene around sneezing/coughing into a tissue, which is then put in the bin 
  • cleaning frequently touched surfaces 
  • changes to classroom layout and timetables to reduce contact 
  • regular deep-cleaning 
  • grouping pupils in a ‘bubble’ designed to help with infection control. 

Further information for parents and carers ( 

Find out what happens if a pupil is showing symptoms or there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a school

Department for Education helpline  

A Department for Education helpline to answer questions about coronavirus for staff, parents and young people is available: 

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) 

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