Back to school

Find information and support for families as children and young people in Suffolk return to school in September.

Back to School logoSafety measures in schools

Suffolk County Council has been working closely with schools to make sure safety measures are in place for the start of the new term. These include:

  • staggered start times
  • staggered breaktimes
  • increased hygiene
  • children remaining in consistent groups

These steps will all contribute to minimising risk related to COVID-19, while allowing teachers to get back to teaching children. 

Each school is different and will have set specific systems in place based on individual risk assessments. School leaders will be in contact with parents prior to the start of term to advise on the arrangements. If you have any concerns, we recommend you have a conversation with your school.

Support for parents and families 

Child studying alone at schoolTips for families

Five Tips for Families contains support for families and children on topics including sleep, anxiety and challenging behaviour. The leaflets were produced by the Psychology and Therapeutic Services Suffolk (PTS) and the Parent Carer Network (SPCN).

Emotional wellbeing

You can also find information on our Emotional Wellbeing Gateway website to help support children with their mental health. Find out more by visiting

If your child is worried about returning to school, or if you are feeling anxious about them going back, you can find information and advice to help with back to school anxiety on the Healthy Suffolk website.

Family travelling to schoolTravelling to school 

You can read our advice on travelling to school to find advice on getting to school, sixth form or college safely. We've provided guidance including walking, cycling, scooting, 

Funded school travel

Our Suffolk Onboard website has information related to funded travel in Suffolk for the 2020/21 school year. You can visit to find out more. 

SEN children learning at schoolSpecial Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

You can visit our SEND Local Offer website to find out about support services and local opportunities for children and young people with SEND all in one place.

Resources for young people

Visit The Source website for information aimed at young people in Suffolk, including advice and guidance on topics such as learning, health and relationships. 

Getting tested 

Find out about COVID-19 testing in Suffolk including when and how to book a test, plus a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section which may answer concerns you have around testing.