If you're a parent and a key worker or have a child that is classed as vulnerable and your usual early years childcare setting is not available, please contact the Suffolk Family Information Service
on 0345 608 0033 and they'll help you make alternative childcare arrangements.
School management and staff can find guidance relating to schools here.
Last updated: 13 July 2020 (reviewed daily)
Reopening of schools from 1 June 2020
As part of the government's plans to ease lockdown, schools and early years settings opened to more pupils from 1 June 2020.
Please visit our Parent guidance about schools during COVID-19 pandemic page for comprehensive details and answers to your questions.
We realise that the decision whether to send children and young people back to school at this time will not be an easy one to make. Government guidance has made it clear that it is not compulsory for parents to send their children to school at this time and there will be no penalties for families who choose to keep children at home.
Schools will continue to provide accessible opportunities for children and young people to learn at home and your school will explain to you how they plan to keep in touch with you over the coming weeks. To see which children your school is open for, visit our schools closure page.
As new details are confirmed, we will updated the FAQs below. Check the Department for Education (DfE) website on GOV.UK for latest information on schools, colleges and early years.
My child lives with someone who is vulnerable they attend school since the school has opened wider during the summer term?
My child is extremely clinically vulnerable, can my child attend school since the school has opened wider during the summer term?
My child lives with someone who is extremely clinically vulnerable; can they attend school since the school opened wider during the summer term?
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What if my early years childcare setting is not available?
If my school is reopening, does my child need to attend?
Do I need to contact my school before my child goes back?
Will I be fined if my child’s school is open, but I choose not to send them?
My child (or someone they live with) is vulnerable or shielding, can they return to school?
How will the school be made safe for more children coming back?
My child is worried about going back to school, what can I do?
How should my child get to school?
Should my child wear their uniform?
Will children or staff have to wear PPE?
What if my child falls ill with symptoms while at school?
What happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in my child’s school?
How are Free School Meals affected?
Will drop off / collection times change?
Can my child repeat a year?
What are the arrangements for free school meals over the summer holidays?
Other useful links:
- Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for educational settings
- Government's online education resources for home learning
- Concerned about a child? See it, Recognise it, Report it: Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership
- Information and advice for young people in Suffolk available from The Source