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Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:
As you will be aware restrictions around COVID-19 have been reintroduced.
Limits on the number of people you can see socially have changed. From Monday 14 September, when meeting friends and family you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) you must not meet in a group of more than 6, indoors or outdoors. This is against the law and the police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines (fixed penalty notices) of £100, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200.
There are exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people. These include:
for work, or the provision of voluntary or charitable services
registered childcare, education or training
supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care, youth groups and activities, and children’s playgroups
providing support to a vulnerable person
providing emergency assistance, and to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm
to continue existing arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents
With this in mind we ask that once you have dropped your child/ren to school, please move away from the school site, this will ensure that social distancing is being adhered to and gatherings are kept to a minimum.
We have had many calls from parents who are unaware of what to do if their child is showing possible COVID-19 symptoms. We have produced a leaflet that will help you and offers you guidance. Please see the following document Information for parents carers.