Home Page

Coronavirus Advice and Information

Letter from WCC regarding the return to school for all pupils from March 8th.

Handbook for parents on return to school arrangements 8/3/21




Isolation Periods



If anyone develops a new or persistent cough, temperature, or loss of smell or taste:

  • They need to self-isolate for 10 days. They need to isolate with household members immediately. Even if household members do not have symptoms, they may need to self-isolate for 14 days *dependant on Covid-19 test result. Follow national guidance on how to self-isolate.
  • Book a test (the test must be taken within three days of symptoms starting, and no later than five days)

What is the process to book a test?

  • You book a test on the GOV.UK website or call 119.
  • You will enter your postcode into the online system and it will give you options of a drive-thru test or a walk-thru test (figure 1) – this will be part of the call with 119.
  • If you have transport available please attend a drive-thru or walk-thru testing site rather than ordering a home test. Testing at these sites tends to be quicker to produce results which help us to manage cases more quickly and effectively. However, if you need to get a bus to attend a walk-thru site, order a home test immediately.
  • Test slots are released every day at 8pm for the next day, regardless of working day or weekend. Test sites and availability may change.


From 26 August, all schools and FE providers will receive an initial supply of 10 home test kits. Home test kits will only be offered to individuals in exceptional circumstances. Please see the school policy on providing Home Testing kits in exceptional circumstances. Please remember the best and fastest way for students or staff to access a test is to visit a testing site.



The Children’s commissioner has produced a children’s guide to Coronavirus (the link is below)


 NHS handwashing video

You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus!

Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:


  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
  • If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.


A video suitable for EYFS and KS1 about washing hands

e-Bug school activities to teach about infection prevention: Hand hygiene for KS2

Hand hygiene has been shown to reduce the incidence of absenteeism in schools as good hand hygiene reduces the spread of microbes and infection. In the e-Bug...

Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19) Monday 16th March 2020

Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions.

What you need to know:

  • staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
  • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home
  • clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products
  • supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues

The updated guidance can be found here:

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.

Recording school pupil absences

Where a pupil is in self-isolation, in accordance with latest information and advice from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, the pupil should be recorded as unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances in the attendance register. Code Y (Unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances) should be used in this instance.

If a pupil does not attend school, despite the school operating as usual and the pupil is not self-isolating, they should be marked as absent. It is for headteachers to determine whether or not the absence is authorised depending on the individual circumstances.

Where a pupil cannot attend school due to illness, as normally would happen, the pupil should be recorded as absent in the attendance register and the school will authorise the absence. Code I (Illness) should be used in this instance.

Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline - this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.