The Government has stated that all children and young people must return to school full time from the beginning of the 2020 autumn term, and that it has followed scientific advice and has worked with Local Authorities to determine that the benefits of being back in the classroom outweigh the low risk of contracting coronavirus. They highlight that the NHS Test and Trace system is up and running and there are clear measures that need to be in place to create safer environments within schools.

Schools and colleges must follow public health advice guidelines to minimise the risks of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission. Schools must also follow a process if anyone develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms while at school. The Department for Education (DfE) has provided information for parents and students about the measures that schools and colleges have put in place, which can be viewed here.

The additional restrictions announced by the Prime Minister in September 2020 in response to an increase in the prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) do not include additional restrictions on schools and colleges.

All schools have a duty to have a managing medical conditions policy in place that is available for all to see. If you are concerned please discuss your concerns with the school and your specialist medical teams.

MDUK explored education as part of our Muscles Matter 2020 virtual seminar series. You can view the session, which included a discussion about returning to school in a world with COVID-19, on our YouTube channel.


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