Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for schools and families

All age groups are expected to return to school in September.

Guidance for schools and parents can be found below.

Advice for schools

The Government has produced advice for schools and other educational settings to help provide advice for pupils, staff, parents or carers on:

  • the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • what to do if someone confirmed or suspected to have coronavirus (COVID-19) has been in a school or other educational setting.

Guidance on early years and childcare closures. For OFSTED registered childcare providers including; childminders, nurseries and wraparound childcare, before and after school clubs and holiday clubs. Childcare providers, schools and local authorities are working together to ensure that different settings are supported to stay open wherever possible.

Guidance for schools and other educational settings. Documents to help schools and other educational settings provide advice for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students about coronavirus (COVID-19). It includes;

  • educational provision for vulnerable children and children of key workers
  • the closure of educational settings
  • free school meals arrangements (including voucher scheme)
  • the cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels
  • travel guidance for educational settings

Guidance for education and childcare settings on how to implement social distancing. Key points:

Key points

Schools and childcare settings need to ensure that;

  • children, parents, carers or any visitors, such as suppliers, do not use or visit the setting if they are displaying any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • anyone who is feeling ill stays at home
  • parents are discouraged from gathering at school gates
  • how children arrive at the education or childcare setting is considered and reduce any unnecessary travel on coaches, buses or public transport
  • parents and communities are informed about the measures being taken.

Early years settings in Plymouth  

Please visit the Plymouth Online Directory for early years and child care providers in Plymouth.

Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)

You can find information about support for families, children and young people with SEND on Plymouth’s Local Offer.  There is also a specific section on the local offer that provides information and updates about the Coronavirus (CPVID-19).

If you have questions you can contact Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND (PIAS)

If you have a specific question or concern about your child you can email us at

Department for Education has a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Resources for Families 

There are lots of resources online that will help you to keep your children learning while they are off school.

Useful links for families

There is also a lot of support available to help keep your child safe online. 

  • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
  • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)

Further information and advice 

Advice to help adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities. Supporting children and young peoples’ mental health.

Guidance on vulnerable children and young people