Coronavirus information and guidance

Back to school

Schools will reopen on Monday 8 March

Thank you to all our parents and carers for your hard work, patience and perseverance over the past few months with home learning.

School staff are very much looking forward to welcoming all pupils back into the classroom.

At the moment, schools are revising their risk assessments to make sure they are fully prepared to reopen. If you haven’t already heard, the school will be in contact to advise you of the specific plans they have put in place for the return to school.

We need your help as parent or carer, to keep the school environment as safe and virus-free as possible.

  • when dropping off or collecting your child from school, please wear a face mask, if you are able to, correctly over your mouth and nose
  • please listen to the school’s directions with regards to drop-off and collection, respect social distancing and do not gather at the school gates
  • please make sure your child does not take any non-essential items into school. Bags and their contents should be kept to urgent items, such as packed lunch and personal medicines, such as inhalers

Book a test at one of our rapid test sites before returning to school on Monday 8 March

We are encouraging all school-aged children to take an asymptomatic test at one of the following sites which are open seven days a week and accessible to all. You can book a test online.

  • University Square, Southend-on-Sea (opposite Sainsbury’s). 7am to 2.30pm, pay and display parking available
  • St Aidan's Church, The Fairway, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 4QW. 7am to 5:30pm, there is limited onsite parking in St. Aidan’s church car park
  • Shoebury Youth Centre (rear sports hall), Delaware Road, Shoeburyness, SS3 9NS. 8am to 6:30pm, parking is available

Consent

Children must be over the age of 11 to attend a test site without a parent, outside of a scheduled school slot, and the young person must have proof of parental consent with them, for staff to be able to test them. This can be digital or on paper and will be arranged through the school.

Please do not book or turn up for a test at the rapid LFD sites if:

  • you have any symptoms of Covid-19 (a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • you have has a positive test (LFD or PCR) in the last 90 days
  • you have been in contact with anyone in the last 10 days who has symptoms or tested positive

School testing programme from Monday 8 March

There will be a number of ways for children in further education and secondary schools to access testing, based on which school you attend. Please check your school or education setting’s website for further details and information.

We are also supporting the school testing programme, and as part of this, St John Ambulance has kindly agreed to provide four mobile testing units, which will be placed within the grounds of some schools to help keep them Covid-safe. Community testing staff will run the units, alongside staff from Southend United Community and Educational Trust who will be going to each mobile testing unit, Monday to Friday to marshal and support the children and school.  

Face masks

Research has shown that face masks, when worn correctly over the mouth and nose, play a significant role in reducing the spread of virus’ such as Covid-19.

The DfE is also now also recommending that face coverings are worn by secondary-age pupils in classrooms, only where social distancing cannot be maintained and unless a young person is medically exempt from wearing one. Secondary and college pupils are already required to wear a face covering when moving around school buildings in corridors and communal areas, as well as when travelling to and from school on public transport.

Parents are also asked to wear a face mask, unless they are exempt, when dropping off and picking up their children from an education setting, including school, nursery and childminders.

More questions?

You can visit the individual school website. If you want to find out more about the Government’s guidance to schools, you can find it on gov.uk.

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