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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Our response to the coronavirus outbreak is continuing – and our focus is on keeping critical services running, particularly those supporting vulnerable people.

We are currently working through the detail of the latest government announcements which affect Leicester city and parts of the county. 

Find out more about the support and guidance available, and any changes to our services.

Increased restrictions for Leicester and parts of Leicestershire announced 

Coronavirus - school closures and updates

Coronavirus school closures

We have been made aware that Google is wrongly showing if schools are open or closed.

Please check with your school or childcare provider.

Information for parents and carers

Schools affected by stricter localised lockdown measures

Schools in Leicester and some of its surrounding areas will close from Thursday 2 July but will stay open for children of key workers and vulnerable children.

This is part of stricter lockdown restrictions that will be in place for at least two weeks following a localised increase in cases of coronavirus.

More information about this, including information on affected areas, is available on the Increased restrictions page. 

See the full list of affected schools below.

School holidays

The school holidays start in Leicestershire on Monday 13 July. Schools won't be open during the holidays to any children (there was some provision for vulnerable children and children of key workers during the Easter holidays and half term breaks). Parents need to ensure they make their own private childcare arrangements during this time.

Planned re-opening of schools from Autumn 2020 

Following the issuing of recent government guidance, schools across the county are working hard to develop plans for re-opening in the autumn term. 

In order to support the preparation and planning of staff and buildings, in line with the government guidance, schools are able to be flexible around the date on which they bring children back into school full time at the beginning of the autumn term.

Schools will communicate directly with parents and carers with regards to their own arrangements for the autumn term. Please check your child’s schools website and regular communication channels for more information.

Frequently asked questions

Parents and carers can read the following government guidance:

Local lockdown: guidance for education and childcare settings

Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June - This includes a question and answer section (updated 20 May 2020)

What parents and carers need to know about schools, colleges and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak 

Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings

Supporting your children's education during coronavirus (COVID-19) - Home Learning

Key workers and vulnerable children

Schools are continuing to provide care for children who are either vulnerable, have a Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or who have a parent or carer that is a ‘key worker’, and therefore critical to the COVID-19 response.

Now that we have made progress in reducing the transmission of coronavirus, we are encouraging all eligible children to attend settings (where there are no shielding concerns for the child or their household), even if parents are able to keep their children at home.

If you're unsure whether you should be sending your child to school, please contact the school or setting directly.

View the government guidance on key workers and maintaining educational provision.

Vulnerable children

We are working hard to adapt how we deliver services to provide continued support and protection to our most vulnerable children.  We are taking steps to find new ways of keeping in touch with children and families who are working with us and may need help at this difficult time.

If your child has a social worker you can contact them using their normal office number but be prepared for a call back as our staff prioritise calls. 

If you’re a foster carer or connected carer our Fostering team will be in touch to ensure you feel supported. Our Front Door services are continuing to prioritise referrals to respond to protect children who are at immediate risk of harm.

View the government guidance on vulnerable children and young people.

Further school information

Your school will provide you with more information – including questions about school meals and transport.

A reminder that children who need to self-isolate for whatever reason should not be at school. Find this latest information on the NHS website about self-isolation and how long this should be.

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