The most up to date information can be found on the UK Government website, for information about schools reopening for all pupils.
Q: Will my child who attends school in Wokingham Borough have to wear a face mask at school?
Q: Is it safe to go to school?
- Yes, the benefit of attending school or college continues to significantly outweigh the Covid-19 health risk to children and young people
- We are continuing to work with all schools and academies in the borough, and will support each governing body or trust to make decisions that are appropriate to their school and school community to ensure children, young people and teaching staff stay safe
- If you have any concerns, please discuss this with your school, and we can help to alleviate any anxieties you may have
Q: What’s being done to make schools safe?
- We are supporting each individual school in the decisions they make for implementing additional Covid measures, based on what feels right for them and their communities
- Anyone who has Covid-19 symptoms, or who tests positive for the virus, is being asked not to attend school
- Schools will be encouraging regular hand washing throughout the day and will have extra cleaning regimes in place
- Risk assessments will also consider the steps needed to protect children and staff who are more vulnerable to contracting the virus because of medical or complex needs, age or ethnicity
Q: Do children have to social distance?
- There will not be a requirement for one metre or two metre distancing between children
Q: What time will school start and finish?
- Bubbles and staggered start and finish times are no longer advised, however some schools may choose to keep them in place
- Schools will keep parents informed directly on this
Q: What if my child gets ill with Covid-19?
If your child develops any of the following symptoms:
- A new, persistent cough
- High temperature
- Loss or change to sense of taste or smell
They should stay at home, you should let the school know and get a test arranged immediately.
- The child must self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms and while they wait for their test results
- If the test is positive the NHS Test and Trace Service will request details of anyone your child has had close contact with. Please notify your school of the result
- If the test is negative, they should go to school or college as normal
Q: What happens if my child has been in contact with someone with Covid-19 symptoms?
- If your child has been identified as a close contact, you will be advised that your child takes a PCR test
- They will not have to self-isolate, unless they have a positive PCR result
Q: Will my child be vaccinated?
- All 16 and 17-year-olds in England are now eligible for their first Covid-19 vaccine dose
- The NHS will also contact 12 to 15-year-olds to receive the vaccine if they are previously considered Clinically Extremely Vulnerable, have an underlying health condition, or may live with an individual who is immunosuppressed
Q: What about before and after school clubs?
- Check with your child’s school – they will be making their own arrangements