Pupils aged between four and 18 will return to schools and colleges across the borough, with many children having been off school since March, due to the pandemic.
From week commencing August 31st it will be mandatory for school age children across England to be back in education and the local authority is working with educational settings to reassure parents and carers that it is safe to return.
Schools looking forward to welcoming back pupils.
We've pulled together a list of common questions asked by parents and carers about their child/ren returning to school in Dudley borough in the document below.
Follow your school's guidance
Each school will have it’s own guidance for parents, carers and children to follow for safely returning to school. Please check your school's website to make sure you’re up to date with your school’s latest advice and guidance, and importantly make sure you are social distancing when dropping off and picking up children from school.
Symptoms & testing
Do not send children to school if they or any member of your household is displaying symptoms - a fever or new continuous cough or a change in or loss of taste and smell – stay at home and book a test for the symptomatic person.
Only people who have one or more of the three COVID symptoms should book a test. Please persevere in accessing the national website www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119 for an appointment at a local test centre or a home test. Guidance on isolating should be followed until a test is taken and a result is received.
If your child is currently symptomatic or has had symptoms and is unable to get a test they must complete the ten-day isolation period and must not return to school. Everyone else in the household should isolate for 14-days.
Returning from foreign travel
If you have been on holiday abroad you may be required to self isolate for 14 days depending on where you’ve visited, please do not send children back to school until the 14 day period is over.
Reminder for young people
We know that children and young people will be excited to see their friends and will want to spend time with them outside of school.
But remember, we all still have a part to play and it's essential that we keep a safe distance, wash hands regularly and wear a face covering where appropriate. Together we can make a difference.
Our five family centres can signpost you to advice and support.
The Family Information Service has information about childcare provision.
View the latest back to school e-bulletin.
View the recent webinar held by Dudley's Education Psychology and Parenting Service on Emotionally Supporting Children to Return to School in Dudley
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