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Following a steep rise in cases across the region, the whole of the North East has been named as an area that will receive additional support. You can read the latest statement from LA7 leaders. There are no additional restrictions on the area or residents but with cases of Covid higher than ever before everyone is asked to continue to act carefully and responsibly. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. See Covid-19 advice and information for advice on how to stay safe. Thank you for playing your part in helping to keep the North East open and protect others.

Staying safe at school (coronavirus)

All children and young people returned to school on 8 March and will be settling into new routines and systems.


If your child or anyone in your household has symptoms of Coronavirus (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of/change in your sense of smell or taste) you must stay at home and arrange to get a test. See NHS: Is my child too ill for school.

Making schools covid-secure

Schools have worked hard to put measures in place to minimise the risk of infection, such as organising children into bubbles, using one-way systems, minimising movement, providing extra hand washing facilities, regular testing and the use of face coverings (for children in secondary school). For advice specific to your child, you should check your child's school website or contact the school directly or see the government advice. See government guidance

Attending school

Now that your child has returned to school you may have some questions or worries about how they have settled, how they will continue learning if they have to self-isolate or what will happen if there is a school or bubble closure.

You can view a list of local and national support that is available on our Mental health support for children, young people and families page. Don't forget, your school and GP are also available to help.

Growing Healthy County Durham can also offer support. They have health visitors, school nurses and emotional resilience practitioners who can support your child. You can contact them on 03000 263 532 or follow them on Facebook:

Child attendance record

Quarantining or self-isolating will not have an impact on your child's attendance record because you are following government guidance. See Addendum - recording attendance in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19) during the 2020 to 2021 academic year.

Support for your child during self-isolation

Schools have plans in place so that teaching can be delivered online if they have to close because of a local lockdown or if specific classes/bubbles have to close. Check your child's school website or contact the school directly for the latest information.

View the latest advice for households with possible or confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection - COVID-19 Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.

Getting to and from school

We know how important it is that your child can get to school or college as safely as possible. We are closely following government guidance and working with school transport providers and local bus companies to make this possible. Find out more on our Getting to and from school page.

Returning from travel abroad

If you or your child travelled and has to self-isolate as part of a period of quarantine, you must not send your child to school. You should contact your school daily and self-isolate following government guidelines - see Coronavirus (COVID-19) - how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK.

Ask a question

If this page doesn't answer your question, you can use our COVID-19 general enquiry form and we will get back to you with a response as soon as possible.

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County Durham Together Community Hub
03000 260 260
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