Preparing for the return of school – everything you need to know
Telford & Wrekin Council are working closely with schools to ensure education continues as normal when school's return on 2 September.
When schools return, school staff, students and parents are asked to follow specific measures.
School staff testing
- School staff will continue to take two rapid COVID-19 tests each week at home.
Secondary school students
- Students will take two COVID-19 tests at existing school testing facilities when they return to school.
- Students will then be provided with two rapid tests to use each week at home.
- Students are advised to wear a face-covering on public transport.
Parents and carers with primary and secondary school children
- Do not send children to school if they are not feeling well.
- Parents and children should book a PCR test even if they are experiencing mild symptoms.
- If children experience one or more of the main covid symptoms, however mild (new, continuous cough; high temperature; loss or change to sense of smell or taste), they'll need to self-isolate until they receive their PCR test results.
- For other symptoms, they are not required to self-isolate until they receive their PCR test results.
- Do continue to social distance at pick-up/drop off.
- Parents should check for covid twice a week with a rapid test (even if they've been fully vaccinated)
Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin's Director for Public Health, said:
"Education is of vital importance to all young people in Telford and Wrekin, and it is excellent for pupils to be returning to school after a well-earned break.
"It's not just good for young people to learn, being in school is vital for wellbeing as well.
"We'll be working with schools by providing them with advice and guidance to keep them open.
"Schools will be contacting parents directly about specific arrangements people may need to be aware of.
"If you have any questions about a school's arrangements, don't hesitate to get in touch with the school directly.”