Getting back to school

Guidance for extremely vulnerable children & young people attending an education setting

More evidence has emerged that shows there is a very low risk of children and young people becoming very unwell from COVID-19, even for those with existing health conditions.

Most children and young people originally identified as clinically extremely vulnerable no longer need to follow this advice. The majority of children and young people with conditions including asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and kidney disease are not clinically extremely vulnerable.

In principle, children and young people who are cared for just in primary care i.e. by the GP, are very unlikely to be clinically extremely vulnerable. Families should receive a letter stating that their child or young person is clinically extremely vulnerable, however if in doubt, families should speak to their GP or specialist clinician, if they have not already done so, to understand whether their child should still be classed as clinically extremely vulnerable

Those small group of children and young people whose clinicians have confirmed they are still clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to attend school while the national restrictions are in place.
Where required, a discussion/meeting should take place between the lead clinician, the child, school and their family to decide whether or not the child is clinically extremely vulnerable and should not attend school. Information for schools on how to undertake this process can be found in the document attached, in line with local guidance on manging medical needs in schools. Adults with Down Syndrome have been added to the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable list. 

Schools and colleges will make appropriate arrangements for clinically extremely vulnerable children to be able to continue their education at home.

Please note: children and young people who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, but who are not clinically extremely vulnerable themselves, should still attend school or college.

Government guidance: education settings

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