Schools have re-opened to all pupils from 8 March, as per the Government announcement on 22 February. Portsmouth teachers and head teachers have worked hard to make sure that schools are as safe as possible for all children.
All schools have reviewed their risk assessments and health and safety arrangements in the light of new developments and guidance. This includes increased access to testing and vaccination. The existing range of safety measures in place in education settings remains appropriate. We thank parents for their cooperation in following national, local and school guidance to protect Portsmouth.
The level of coronavirus infections in Portsmouth has fallen rapidly from the peak in early January. For the latest Portsmouth data see the coronavirus statistics page.
In schools, colleges and universities with adults and students in year 7 and above, staff and students are now required to wear face coverings in all indoor settings. This includes classrooms, as an extra temporary precaution. It is also important for parents and carers to continue wearing a face covering when dropping off or collecting their child from school. Please follow your school’s advice on social distancing and other protective measures at this time.
School attendance is mandatory for all pupils. The usual rules on school attendance apply
Department for Education guidance on school attendance can be found here: School attendance guidance
Tips for settling in at school
Being in school is extremely important for the wellbeing of children and young people, as well as crucial to their education and future prospects. We saw last September how well children settled back in and enjoyed learning in class again. These tips are designed to help you and your children feel confident about being in school:
- Talk to your child about what they enjoy about school. For example, seeing their friends, the playground, or their favourite subjects
- Chat about what school is like now and what safety measures are in place. Some schools will have videos or pictures of the classrooms online that you could look at together
- Listen to any concerns your children may have and let them know its ok to feel anxious. Address any misinformation they have and encourage them to ask questions
- Let them know that teachers and staff are there to support them and answer their questions. Teachers are focusing on helping them feel settled, safe and happy above all else
- Talk to your children when you feel calm as they’ll pick up on adults’ anxieties. It’s ok not to have all the answers yourself but remember local support and information is available if you want it.
Out-of-school settings and wraparound childcare will be open to vulnerable learners and children of parents who need to access it in order to work, attend education or seek medical care.
Catch Up programme
The government is committed to helping children and young people recover learning lost as a result of the pandemic.
Specific initiatives for summer schools and a Covid Premium to support catch up will be developed alongside a long-term plan to make sure children and young people have the chance to make up their learning.
Ensure any travel is in line with national travel guidance.
Holidays should be planned within school and college holidays as usual. Avoid seeking permission to take your children out of school or college during term time.