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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice.

Schools and learning

COVID-19 schools update in Dorset

Find out what we're doing to safely manage any coronavirus cases in our schools.

Dorset schools remain open for all pupils in all year groups. Schools will follow guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) and will continue to be supported by the council.

COVID-19 early years settings update in Dorset

Find information about planning for early years settings for the autumn term.

School absence and illness

Read guidance from Public Health Dorset on what to do if your child has symptoms of COVID-19 or another illness.

COVID-19 school transport updates

Children at secondary and upper schools in Dorset will be asked to wear face coverings on buses unless they are exempt.

Find out how we're following government guidance to make sure school transport is safe for your child.

Safety in schools

Read the government's guidance for opening schools, early years and educational settings in the autumn term. You can also speak to your child's school to find out more about the measures they're taking to help keep your child safe. Schools have carried out risk assessments and are following government and council advice. 

Face coverings in schools

The government has issued advice about children in year 7 and above wearing face coverings in school. Read government guidance on face coverings in education.

The advice says that in schools where pupils in year 7 and above are educated all adults and pupils must wear face coverings:

  • when moving around the school
  • outside the classrooms
  • in corridors and communal areas where you cannot maintain social distancing

This does not apply to anyone who is exempt from wearing face coverings. This includes anyone who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment or disability.

Face coverings will not be used in classrooms or during normal teaching.

Read more about how schools are working with Dorset Council and Public Health Dorset on a range of measures to keep children and staff safe.

Changes in schools

School is a bit different. Arrangements will vary as every school is different and what works in one school may not work for another. Children will be taught in separate groups or 'bubbles' to minimise contact. All children will have to wash their hands more frequently. Your child's school will always try to act in your child's best interest.

Changes to out-of-school activities, breakfast and after school clubs

Out-of-school activities, breakfast and after school clubs (also called wraparound care) can still open if their main purpose is providing registered childcare, or where they're offering other childcare activities to help their parents:

  • work
  • look for work
  • take part in training or education

Out-of-school activities can still provide respite care, including respite care for vulnerable children.

Contact your child's school for more information. Read the guidance on children attending out of school settings.

Closed schools in Dorset

Check your school's current status.

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