Returning to school and college on 8 March

All pupils in Devon can return to school and college for face-to-face teaching from 8 March as the government’s four-step plan to ease lockdown gets underway.

Going to school is an essential part of a child’s social, emotional and academic development and, for them, the benefits greatly outweigh the risk posed by coronavirus. We know some people will be feeling anxious, but please feel reassured that our schools are experienced at managing risk and are well practiced at keeping staff, children and their families safe in line with COVID-19 guidelines. If you have concerns, please discuss these with your school or college. They will be able to explain the protective measures they are using to help keep everyone safe.

To help you and your child prepare for next week, we have gathered some useful information and resources that set out what you need to know for the return to school and college on Monday. This guidance is for all parents and includes what safety measures will be in place and how to support your child’s mental health.

Nip in the Bud have produced a short film to help you help your child deal with any potential feelings of apprehensive or anxiety when returning to school, and you’ll find a list of further mental health support on the Devon Children and Families Partnership website.

General guidance for all parents and carers about what you need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges is available on the Government website. Parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) should also refer to the separate guidance for full opening of special schools and other specialist settings.

Additionally, impartial and confidential support to parents, carers, children and young people with SEND in Devon is available from DiAS (Devon Information, Advice and Support) offer. You can contact DiAS by calling 01392 383080 or by emailing devonias@devon.gov.uk.