Autumn term 2020
In line with the most recent government advice, all educational settings will be open for pupils during the 5 November to 2 December 2020 lockdown period.
The council is supporting schools and academies to have in place practical measures that will help protect children, young people and staff. Arrangements will vary by school, and head teachers will be informing parents directly about the specific arrangements for their school. If you have any queries, please contact your child's school directly.
Parents and carers should visit the government's website for information and practical guidance that will help them plan for their children’s return to school.
Download leaflets from the Department for Education (DfE):
If your child has coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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.
For details on school bus services, visit the bus provider’s website.
Free school meals
All school catering services will be operational from the start of term and all children who are eligible will be able to access free school meals.
- The Education Network
- Stories Audible
- Century support for schools and FE colleges affected by coronavirus
- Catch up on some learning with live online lessons
- Information for parents to help children and young people return to school
- Returning to school: 7 tips to help your primary-age child cope
- Guides to help children and young people of different ages understand coronavirus
- Medway Youth Service online activities for young people aged 11 to 18 (and up to 25 for those with additional needs)