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Back to school during COVID-19

In-line with the government’s roadmap to easing lockdown restrictions, from 8 March 2021, all children should return to face-to-face education in Southwark’s schools and colleges. From this date, attendance will once again become mandatory.

All secondary pupils and college students will be offered testing from 8 March and those who consent to testing should return to face-to-face education following their first negative test result. If you or your child (if they are aged over 18) do not consent, they will not be stopped from going back and will return in line with their school or college’s arrangements.

Health data shows that most children and young people still have no symptoms or very mild illness only. Returning to school or college is vital for their educational progress, wellbeing, and wider development.

Schools and colleges will continue to implement protective measures that they have been using throughout the autumn term. Your child’s school or college can give you more information about the measures they have in place.

If you have concerns about sending your child back to school, please contact our back to school team.

Southwark schools have worked extremely hard throughout this pandemic to prioritise our children’s education, and we'll support them through this next phase.

Page last updated: 18 March 2021

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