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Back to school safely

Published: 26 August 2020

How to keep safe when going back to school

All year groups back to school and college

Pupils of all ages will be back to school and college from the start of term in September. For many, it may be many months since they last attended class in person. For all, it will be a chance to see their friends and teachers face-to-face each day and progress their education and development. They and their household may be looking forward to having a routine again, albeit a new routine for many.

Staying safe inside school

School and college will certainly feel different this term. With all year groups due back, there will be one-way systems in place around the buildings and grounds. Pupils and teachers will be organised into distinct 'bubbles', socially distancing from other bubbles and new hand washing and sanitising regimes will be in place. Many schools will have staggered start and finish times to the school day.

Stay safe outside school as well

After a long lockdown, it might be the first time many parents and pupils have seen each other for a while. Coronavirus (COVID-19) still being transmitted in our local areas and the colder weather coming, it's important to remember to socially distance outside of the school gate. Keep two metres where possible from other parents, pupils and teachers beyond your own household group and wider support bubble.

For information read our Surrey Matters article, Latest advice on travelling to school this September.

Stay at home if you have symptoms

All pupils will be able to go back to school from the start of term. The small number of pupils still on the shielded patient list and those who have family members who are shielding can also return to their school, as shielding advice for all adults and children paused on 1 August.

If a pupil or someone in their household shows symptoms of Coronavirus should they stay at home. You should arrange for them to get a test and tell your school the test results. This will help the NHS Test and Trace process and you can discuss their ongoing learning. If you have a positive test result, your household should remain at home and follow the Test and Trace self-isolation guidance. Visit nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 to book a test. If you have returned from a destination abroad requiring a period of quarantine, follow the Government's self-isolation guidance and inform your school or college.

If you have any questions or concerns, consult your school or college in the first instance. They will be able to help. If you or your child are feeling anxious about going back to school or college, you can find more support on the Surrey Health and Wellbeing page on the Healthy Surrey website. Young people can also get free, confidential advice and chat to others on the Kooth website.

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