For people who were asked to shield over the spring and summer months it's been very difficult. Children who were shielding may have found the restrictions on what they could do particularly hard. We are not asking people to go back to the same form of full shielding as we know just how hard and detrimental to mental health and physical wellbeing that could be. However, now schools and childcare settings are open again, you might have some worries about what this means for people in your household who are on the shielding list.
I’m worried they’ll be at risk if they go back?
There is close monitoring to give an early warning if there are any spikes in infections in each local area. Your child’s school will have plans in place if there is a rise in local infections, and the advice at level 4 will apply. This may involve clinically vulnerable children and young people having to learn from home and using a mix of online and remote teaching. Speak to your child’s school to learn more about the plans they have in place.
What if my child is still unable to attend school?
Schools have provisions plans in place so that children who can’t come into school won’t miss out. These may include some online and remote learning. Contact your school for more information about this.
Someone in our household is on the shielding list, is it safe for my child to go back to school?
If someone else in your household has been shielding or has been told by their GP that they should continue to be careful, you may be concerned about your child returning to school, particularly if you are in a level 3 or 4 area. If this is the case, talk to the school about any worries you have. They can help you decide what’s best for your child and your family.
My child is on the shielding list, can they be looked after by friends, family or a nanny?
If you need other friends or family to help look after your child while you are at work, the people that help you should keep their contact with people from other households to a minimum, stringently follow the FACTS advice, and avoid sharing food and utensils. Whilst in the house, if possible, they should avoid touching hard surfaces and also regularly wipe surfaces down with anti-bacterial cleaner. Keep windows open and have fresh air flowing through the house, as much as possible.