Educating children and young people
From 19 July, changes were made by the government to its response to the Covid-19 pandemic. There is now a focus on advising people how to protect themselves and others.
Leicestershire’s autumn term 2021 starts from Monday, August 21 – please check with your child’s school their start date, as this may vary from school to school.
The government has updated its guidance to parents and carers about school, college and early years settings
Please speak to your school if you have any concerns relating to Covid-19. They are advised to follow this government guidance and will be in touch with your about their own arrangements
- Over the summer, staff, secondary pupils and college students should continue to test regularly if they are attending settings that remain open (eg summer schools)
- Continuing to take regular rapid tests will help you to identify infections early and reduce transmission
- There is no need for primary age pupils (those in year 6 and below) to test over the summer period
- Your child does not need to remain in a consistent group (‘bubble’) in any summer provision (for example, summer schools), or in settings from the autumn term
- The government is removing the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet.
- From 19 July, nurseries, schools and colleges will not need to trace close contacts. As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case to identify close contacts.
Advice is available if you suspect your child has coronavirus, or has a positive test
Preparing to return to school this autumn
- Secondary schools and colleges have been asked to prepare for on-site testing at the beginning of the autumn term
- As your child will potentially mix with lots of other people during the summer holidays, all secondary school pupils and college students should receive two on-site lateral flow device tests, three to five days apart, on their return in the autumn term
- Schools or colleges may start testing from three working days before the start of term and can stagger your child’s return across the first week to manage this. Your child should then continue to test twice weekly at home until the end of September, when this will be reviewed.
- Your school or college will be in contact about their specific arrangements
This year A-Level and AS Level results will be announced on Tuesday, August 10
GCSE results will be announced on Thursday, August 12
Appeals can be made if you feel an incorrect grade has been granted
School term dates from 2022/23 – 2026/27
A consultation asking for views on term dates for 2022/23 – 2026/27 closed on July 18. The council’s cabinet will take responses into account and is due to officially set the dates for this period in the autumn.