Coronavirus: Schools

All of the latest government guidance is available from the gov.uk website.

This quick guide for parents and carers includes what to do if your child or someone in your household has COVID19 (coronavirus) symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.

Across Lancashire school leaders and local authority teams have been working hard to prepare for the safe and successful return of all children and young people to schools from Tuesday 1 September 2020.

Some schools may have flexible start dates for the autumn term to support the transition of pupils into new schools, especially in year 7, however the overall aim is that from the start of September all pupils will have returned to learning.

We recognise that parents and carers may have many questions, and we have put together some guidance information to assist you.

There is also a range of support information available to help parents and carers prepare children and young people below.

Support for parents

Our Educational Psychology Team have put together some practical ideas to support you to prepare your child for their return to school.

For younger children, there is also a guide to: Helping your child return to childcare or school after coronavirus

In addition to this, government have provided guidance for parents who have children returning to school in autumn.

Some useful tips from pupils

Pupils and staff from Haslingden High School and Sixth Form worked together to produce a great video for Lancashire secondary school pupils.

Although it was filmed before the summer holidays, it still offers some great advice to help prepare pupils for returning to school.

Find out what you need to know about travelling in Lancashire as schools return in September and what we are doing as a local authority in preparation for higher demands on our highways network.

We've brought together some online educational resources for parents to help children to learn at home. These remain available throughout the summer holidays, should you wish to make use of them.

Government have also provided some home education tips for parents.

From September, schools are due to open for all.

The expectation is that schools kitchens will be open and that lunches will be provided in the normal manner for all pupils, including those on free school meals.

Season ticket pass holders - school closure due to coronavirus

(Updated 30 September)

Please see the season ticket refunds page for information about how to request credit or a refund due to Coronavirus.

School Bus Services in September

(Updated September 2020)

Lancashire County Council is providing School Bus Services in line with the guidance set out by the Department for Education. This government guidance highlights the distinction between dedicated school transport and wider public transport:

  • by dedicated school transport, we mean services that are used only to carry pupils to school. This includes statutory home to school transport, but may also include some existing or new commercial travel routes, where they carry school pupils only
  • by wider public transport services, we mean routes which are also used by the general public.

Pupils on dedicated school transport services do not mix with the general public on those journeys and tend to be consistent. This means that the advice for these two types of transport are different. 

Schools have been issued with guidance from the county council regarding dedicated school services provided by Lancashire county council. Schools have been asked to share this information with parents/carers. 

For further information, please see the key points within the dedicated school transport guidance.

Season ticket applications for September 2020

(Updated 10 June 2020)

Please see the School bus season tickets pages for important information about applying for September 2020.

School bus season tickets

(Updated 19 March 2020)

In light of the school closures due to coronavirus (COVID-19), we will be arranging for direct debit payments for season tickets and denominational transport to be suspended until further notice.

Please do not cancel your direct debit.  A calculation will be done when schools return or at the end of this school year depending on the situation and invoices will be credited for the missed days.  If any refunds are due, they will be issued to the bank detailed on our records.

Please note if you choose to cancel the direct debit, the passes must be returned to the school transport team, the address can be found on the back of the pass.

Read the latest about SEND home to school transport from September 2020 including the precautions we will put in place and transport personal budgets.

(Updated 26 May 2020)

Despite the restrictions that are in place, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, appeals will still be considered over the summer months following emergency legislation from the Department for Education (DFE).

Whilst social distancing measures are in place, we are currently exploring how appeals can be considered.

A provisional timetable of hearings has now been published. This timetable is just a guide and dates may change depending on the number of appeals that are lodged, the views of panel members and the outcome of a virtual hearing pilot survey.

We are currently writing to all appellants who have already submitted an appeal to gather further information from you so that we can consider how the appeal will be heard. An e-mail should be with you within the next couple of weeks.

Full guidance can be found on the school admission appeals section.

(Updated 23 July 2020)

We have received a copy of a letter from the Minister responsible for SEND which we have been asked to share as widely as possible.