March: Back to School Information

01 March 2021

Following the publishing of the Government's route out of lockdown, it was announced that children would start to return to school from the 8th March. All 'clinically extremely vulnerable' (CEV) children are an exception to this and government advice is they should not attend education settings and should stay at home.

We know that some families in the SMA Community welcome the return to school, while others are concerned about what this could mean for them and their family. Your child’s school should be able to explain what measures they're putting in place to protect pupils and minimise risk as much as possible. Whatever your position, it's important to talk to your child's school to let them know your current situation and thinking, and to work with them to establish how and when your child will be able to return to school safely. 

You may want to contact your neuromuscular specialist to discuss your individual / family situation and how it impacts on returning to school.

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) and Contact has helpful information and resources around this, including on:

  • information relevant to families with disabled children on Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)
  • school transport
  • masks
  • testing
  • the situation for children who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV).

It was also announced on 28th February by the Government that all households with children of school age can get two rapid Covid-19 tests per person, per week  - find out more.

Find out more in our Covid-19 website hub. You can also contact us by email: supportservices@smauk.org.uk or phone the office: 01789 267520.