Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for schools | Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for schools | Medway Council

Schools re-opened for all students on 8 March 2021

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on 22 February, schools re-opened for all pupils on Monday 8 March 2021.

Parents can be assured that schools are safe places for their children to attend, with measures taken to ensure appropriate hygiene practices in place, together with relevant health and safety risk assessments.

Schools are reminded of good social distancing practices. However, each school will have individual circumstances and requirements. Parents are asked initially to contact the school directly if they have any concerns about the return to school.

We reinstated additional public bus services from Monday 8 March. This included the additional public services and dedicated school services which were in place before lockdown in January.

See GOV.UK guidance which sets out expectations for bus providers and users during this period.

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) transport has continued throughout the lockdown. Parents can expect the same safe service to extend beyond 8 March 2021, with safety measures in place and children transported in their bubbles where needed.

In-school symptom-free (asymptomatic) coronavirus (COVID-19) testing

Secondary school pupils are asked to do rapid COVID-19 tests at home twice a week.

Any pupils who test positive will need to go home to self-isolate.

Primary school pupils will not be part of the plans for mass symptom-free testing.

If your child has COVID-19 symptoms

If your child has one or more of the following, you should make sure your child does not attend school:

  • high temperature
  • new and continuous cough
  • loss or change to sense of smell or taste

Arrange a free COVID-19 test using the NHS website or by calling 119.

The child should isolate with your household until they have received their test result.

If the test is positive, they should continue to isolate with everyone in your household as directed by government guidance.

If the test is negative, your child should return to school when they are well.

You should tell your school the test result straight away.

Face coverings on public transport

Your child will need to wear a face covering when they travel on public transport, including MY Buses. This is in line with government guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19 while travelling on public transport.

Along with our MY bus contractor, ASD Coaches, we will only allow those wearing a face covering to travel. If your child is refused travel as they do not have a face covering, you will not be offered a refund.

Find out more about face coverings. If your child is unable to wear a face covering they could show something which explains this, such as an exemption card.

Bus services

For details on school bus services, visit the bus provider’s website.

In-school catering

All school catering is operational, including for all those pupils eligible for free school meals.

Useful links

Download leaflets from the Department for Education (DfE):