Guidance

Public Health England: letter for schools to explain when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are.
What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term (Updated 1 September 2020)
Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online (Updated 25 June 2020)
Staying alert and safe (social distancing) until 4 July
Updated 24 June 2020

Reopening of school to pupils

Letters from school

Letter from the headteacher (reopening of school to pupils)
Letter from Matt Smith, Council cabinet member for children’s services to parents and carers

Any parent/carers of children in these categories do not send pupils into school and contact us immediately.

‘This group includes those who are:

  • aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
  • under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive
    • pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease
    • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
      diabetes
    • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
    • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
    • being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
  • those who are pregnant

Note: there are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this category, next week the NHS in England will directly contact you with advice the more stringent measures you should take in order to keep yourself and others safe. For now, you should rigorously follow the social distancing advice in full.

People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:

  • People who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
  • People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
    People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
  • People with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
  • People with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)’

source: Public Health England ‘Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults’, published 16 March 2020.