For people who have been shielding the last few months it's been very difficult. Children who have been shielding may have found the restrictions on what they could do particularly hard. Now, as restrictions ease and schools and childcare settings begin to reopen, you might have some worries about what this means for people in your household that are coming out of shielding.
I’m worried they’ll be at risk if they go back?
There will be 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. 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?
While most children are able to go back full time, children whose health issues mean they still have to stay at home will have provisions made for them. These may include some online and remote learning. Contact your school for more information about this.
Someone in our household has been shielding, is it safe for my child to go back to school?
Although shielding has now been paused, if someone 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. 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.