2. GOV.UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance
All students to return to school and college from 8 March 2021
From Monday 8 March 2021, schools and colleges will open to all pupils with asymptomatic COVID-19 testing in place. University students on practical courses will also return on Monday 8 March 2021. The return of all pupils is a priority in the Government’s roadmap for the easing of restrictions and recovery from the impact of coronavirus pandemic.
Minister Vicky Ford's open letter to the SEND sector 9 Nov 2020
Following the introduction of the new national restrictions on 5 November 2020, this letter provides advice and guidance on several issues, including school attendance, children who are clinically extremely vulnerable, remote education, face coverings in education settings, respite, health services for children and young people with SEND, and the new winter package to provide support for children and young people and their families.
Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus
Ministerial letter from Minister Ford, Parliamentary-Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, and Minister Whately, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Care, to children and young people with SEND and their parents and carers.
Guidance on temporary changes to education, health and care legislation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
- Education, Health and Care needs assessments and plans: guidance on temporary legislative changes relating to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings
Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.
We would like to signpost four sets of guidance that published this week:
- Yesterday, 14 May, we published Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care – guidance about preventing and controlling infection, including the use of PPE in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak. This guidance reflects advice from Public Health England, and builds on the Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings guidance which we published on Monday.
- On Tuesday, 12 May, we published Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020, which sets out the overarching aims and principles of the next phase, and sets out the next steps for education and childcare providers.
- On Monday, 11 May, we published the Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers, in the form of a Q&A which sets out the government’s position on more pupils returning to school from 1 June.
Support for Students who have to defer
The DfE has updated its package of support for students who have to defer their studies, e.g, students who had planned to start higher education this year but who have had to defer until next year. See https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/package-of-support-for-students-who-have-to-defer-their-studies
SEND Travel Assistance Social Stories
We are working on further SEND-specific advice for the planned return to educational settings.
Because of the Coronavirus, some people are wearing PPE, personal protective equipment, to help them stay safe and healthy. This includes a face mask and gloves.
People may wear these out in the community, at school and even when they stay at home.
The transport staff who drive me to school and drive me home may wear a mask and gloves. I can choose to wear a mask and gloves too if I want to.
The transport staff may ask me to clean my hands with hand gel when I get on transport. This will help keep everyone healthy and safe.
People will have to give each other more space, this is known as social distancing. Social distancing is harder in transport, transport staff will help me to do this. I will have to sit in one place. Transport staff will tell me where to sit.
When I get home and when I get to school, I should wash my hands.
These are the best things to do to keep everybody healthy and safe.