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Return to the Classroom

Published: 26 February 2021

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What you need to know about returning to school and college

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on 22 February, all young people will be back in the classroom from March.

Schools, colleges, young people and their families have worked hard and patiently since schooling became remote for many of them at the start of lockdown. However, remote learning cannot fully replace the full learning and developmental experience young people can get in school and college.

Return to Surrey's schools and colleges

From 8 March 2021, all children and young people will start to return to classroom-based learning in schools and colleges. Primary pupils will return on Monday 8 March. Secondary school pupils and college students will return from dates set by their school or college from 8 March onwards.

All children and young people will be able to return, unless they or a member of their household has symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) or tests positive for the virus, even if they have no symptoms. They must also stay at home and follow the guidance if advised to do so by their school or college, or the NHS Test and Trace service, or in line with national guidance on travel.

Children and young people can return to the classroom if someone in their household is Clinically Extremely Vulnerable. If a child or young person is classified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable, check the latest guidance.

National guidance for parents and carers can be found on the GOV.UK web page - What parents need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19.

Staying safe in school and college

There will be new additional measures in place in secondary schools and colleges, including regular asymptomatic testing for young people and staff and, initially, the wearing of face coverings.

Regular testing is a new tool in schools and colleges to combat COVID-19. It cannot and does not replace all other measures, including regular hand-washing, the wearing of face coverings and social distancing where advised.

Staying safe outside of school and college

Your child must follow the government guidance in force when outside of school or college. The changes around the gradual easing of lockdown apply to young people, even if they are part of a bubble when inside the controlled education environment.

Maintain a social distance from other families. Consider dropping your child away from the school gate if safe to do so. Remember "Hands – Face – Space". Help to keep your household, community and the NHS safe.

For more information on the changes in Surrey for schools, colleges, nurseries and childcare, visit our Schools and childcare information during Coronavirus web page.

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