Education, schools and childcare - Coronavirus update
October half term
In Warrington, October half term will continue as planned. There is no intention to extend the holiday as a ‘circuit breaker’, which has been suggested in other areas.
School term and holiday dates vary across the country as individual schools set their own dates for the academic year in advance. This means that for the upcoming half term, some schools will have planned to have one week off, and others will have two.
The majority of Warrington schools have the same, or similar, holiday dates. But some voluntary-aided, foundation, or academy schools may differ.
Reopening of schools from September
From September, schools in England welcomed all children back to classrooms for the start of the new academic year.
Schools and colleges have safety measures in place to help stop the spread of viruses, like coronavirus (COVID-19).
Attendance - advice for parents
The advice from government is clear that it is vital for all children and young people attend nursery, school and college from September to support their education, wellbeing and wider development.
We know that children who do not attend school are at risk of falling behind. This means that the usual rules on school attendance still apply:
- you are expected to make sure that your child attends regularly
- schools and colleges will record attendance and follow up on any absences
- schools and colleges will be able to issue sanctions in line with our policy
If you are worried about your child being back in school, please contact your child’s school, or email our education team.
Now children and young people have returned to school and college, we must all work together to help ease demand on our road and transport networks. Consider active travel options like walking, cycling or scooting where possible, use public transport, and plan your journey ahead of time.
Walking, cycling and scooting are great ways to get around, while keeping active, on the school run.
By choosing to walk, cycle or scoot to school or work, instead of driving, you can help reduce the pressure on our road and transport networks - as well as improving your health and helping to protect our environment.
Think ahead - is your journey short enough to leave your car at home? Walking, cycling or scooting a short distance may be quicker than driving during busier times.
We are working to make it safer and easier for you to walk and cycle more. Find out more about how to cycle safely and view our new cycle map on our website.
School and public transport
If you travel to school or college by public bus, please remember to:
- plan ahead
- follow safety guidance
- try to avoid busy times
Operators have introduced safety measures on buses to support social distancing. Find out more about travelling by bus in Warrington on our website.
If travelling by bus, consider travelling outside of peak times as these services may be quieter.
Remember that timetable changes may also be in place, so leave a bit more time for your journey, and check before you travel.
If you’re aged 11 and over, you must wear a face covering on public transport to keep yourself and others safe. You should also wear a face covering when using school transport where possible. See the government's safer travel guidance for passengers for more information.
Plan your journey
Plan ahead and always check your travel options in advance. There may be an increase in the amount of traffic on the road at peak times, so make sure you check if there are any changes to routes in case of any temporary traffic or road restrictions.
If you're using public transport - plan ahead, visit traveline.info.
Early years, nursery and childminder provision
The My Life Warrington team can advise on available early years childcare places.
Unfortunately, due to the current situation, the places available are changing rapidly, for the most up to date information please call 01925 443131.
Parents and carers of pupils with SEND
We have established a page of frequently asked questions for parents and carers of pupils with SEND with advice and guidance on:
- Education and assessments
- Health services
- Early help
- Payments and budgets
Useful resources - My Life Warrington
There are some resources available to help you to talk to your child about school.
These include useful tips about how to cope if children feel anxious about the increased safety measures, or if they are feeling overwhelmed.
Visit the My Life Warrington website for more information.