Coronavirus COVID-19: Latest updates

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Schools reopening

Schools and colleges, including those already open for critical workers and SEN, will re-open to all pupils for face-to-face learning on Monday, 8 March. Regular testing for teachers and students without COVID-19 symptoms will be in place. 

Primary school staff will take twice-weekly rapid COVID-19 home tests.  

Secondary school and college students will take three COVID-19 tests as they return to the classroom. Following those tests, pupils will be given two rapid tests a week to take at home. Secondary school and college staff will also take twice-weekly home tests. Staff and students in secondary schools are advised to wear face coverings in all areas – including classrooms. 

University students who require specialist facilities may return to in-person teaching, subject to twice weekly testing, from 8 March.   

Risk assessment

We'd like to reassure critical workers and those of you with vulnerable children that appropriate measures are being taken to keep your children safe. Each school in Royal Greenwich has completed an in-depth assessment of how to best meet the learning needs of their pupils, whilst keeping young people and staff safe. Leaders have completed these risk assessments in collaboration with staff, unions and the Council. The physical layout of each school is very different and so each school's approach is unique to ensure everyone's safety. All schools will have a strong focus on handwashing, sanitisation and cleaning. They will use additional measures, such as staggered start, finish and break times, and changes to the timetable and routines, to ensure that different groups of children do not mix.

Visit your child’s school website for specific information about how they are adapting to keep children and staff safe or contact them directly for further detailed information.

Read government information on children of critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings.