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Coronavirus - schools/colleges information

We will continue to take guidance from the Government and will base our information on their advice.

COVID-19 firebreak - 6.00pm Friday 23 October

All schools will break-up for a week for the October half-term as planned on Friday 23 October. For the week starting 2 November then all primary schools will reopen as usual. Comprehensive schools will also open on 2 November but for Year 7 and 8 only with older pupils learning from home that week. Pupils in Year 9 and over will return to school on Monday 9 November. Any pupil who has an exam during this period should attend as normal. School transport will run during the week starting Monday 2 November and arrangements will be in place to ensure all pupils who are eligible for free school meals will receive a payment or food parcel.

What about universities?

Universities can continue to provide a combination of in person teaching and blended learning. While incidents of Covid-19 have risen in the student population, evidence shows this is taking place outside the teaching and learning environment. Universities are operating Covid-secure campuses and adhering to strict social distancing. Coronavirus cases amongst staff remain low. It is also much safer for students to remain on campus than to travel home.

COVID-19 firebreak - 6.00pm Friday 23 October frequently asked questions


 

The following letters have been sent from the Director of Education (via schools) to all parents and carers. Further updates will be published on this page.

PDF Document Letter to parents and carers from the Interim Director - September 2020 (PDF, 442KB)Opens new window

PDF Document End of term letter to staff and parents (PDF, 687KB)Opens new window

 


Update on Covid-19 cases at our schools

Our schools are taking immediate action as soon as it's known a pupil or member of staff has tested positive for Covid-19.

Our priority is to protect pupils and staff, as well as families and the wider community and that's why we take a number of clear actions.

Steps may include class groups or year-groups who've been in contact with the positive case having to self-isolate. Letters will be sent to parents of pupils who were in contact with the positive case telling them what to do. Parents of other children in the school are also kept informed by letter.

Our message to families is that they should listen to the advice from their school head teachers and information contained in the letters they receive which provide all the information they need to take action and to stay safe.


We will continue to take guidance from the Government and will base our information on their advice.

You can find the latest information and advice on coronavirus and the latest guidance for educational settings on the GOV.UK website.

Information for colleges can be found using the following links:

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