Why it's safe to come back

For most children, the benefits of being back in school far outweigh the very low risk from coronavirus. The risk to children themselves of becoming severely ill from coronavirus is very low.

Recent research by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health shows that children transmit the disease less than adults.

Returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing. Time out of school can harm children’s development, especially for disadvantaged children, and the impact can affect both current levels of learning and a child’s future ability to learn.

Protecting children and staff

Schools are working very hard to put measures in place that will make the school environment as safe as possible: