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Information, support and resources for schools

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Guidance and information for schools around COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Key Resources

Everyone should following the government guidlines - Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance

Educational settings should also be aware of COVID-19: guidance for educational settings

Guidance for schools and colleges to support them keeping children safe, including online, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. more info

Local Support, including DV, Foodbanks, health etc:

Benefits & Employment

Activities for Families:

Health and Wellbeing Kit 

Increased risk and extremely vulnerable guidance

School temporary closure checklist

School partially open checklist


Below are FAQs for Educational settings


Are Nottingham City Virtual School still monitoring the attendance of Children in care?

Yes, Welfare Call are still calling schools to gather attendance data for City children in care, please continue to provide Welfare Call with your attendance data.


Where should we send completed risk assessments for Nottingham City children in care on our roll?

All risk assessments for Nottingham City children in care must be sent to the Virtual School-


Do we need to report anything additional to the Nottingham City Virtual School in respect to children in care?

Yes, the Virtual School Education Support Officers have started to contact schools each week to ascertain the educational arrangements for each child in care that week. They will be asking 3 questions mainly: 1) is/has the child in care attending school this week?  If not what is the reason for this and is this in agreement with social worker? If yes, how many days are they attending? The Virtual School will also be requesting copies of the child’s risk assessment if these have not been received.

Is there any guidance needed on protecting staff  in focussed provision who work closely with children who bite, spit and need help with toileting?

School should already have a risk assessment in place for a child who displays these behaviours unless these are new behaviours in which case they maybe a consequence of changes to routine. School should also have a toileting care plan in place. Both these documents would need updating or writing taking into account the present circumstances.

Without knowing the situation, staffing and their expertise and the child, the advice below is very general. Staff are encouraged to contact the SEN or IES teams for more information.

  • Clothing they are wearing e.g. durable and tough, to protect against any bites. Long sleeves tops protect arms as much as possible, maybe even double layers, sometimes wearing riding gloves protects the hands from bites and scratches. Could use chemistry googles for a spitter, as well as cricket type arm and leg guards. However, do not want to increase child’s anxiety levels due to staff protective clothing so would need to find a balance.
  • Hygiene – frequent washing of hands (every hour), wearing plastic aprons, plastic gloves, laundering clothing worn
  • Keeping distance - when a child is spitting and biting you want to keep your distance anyway but help to calm them down.  So getting them to a safe space when you begin to see the change in behaviour thus trying to avoid behaviours escalating
  • Reducing behaviours - understanding why he is spitting – is it in anger, is it excess salvia, it is a behaviour will help put in strategies? Provide more sensory and calming activities throughout the day.  Look for ways to prevent the behaviour.  Does he need a safe space to go to. 
  • Toileting – there should be normal guidelines, risk assessment, policy in place for this

What support can we direct families to if they are experiencing financial difficulties during this time?

Advice and support can be found on our website -

What is the advice for social distancing in schools?

Official guidance is here:

There are three possible interactions that will occur in school:

  • Staff / staff interactions: This can be achieved in most cases with little impact on how the school operates. Staff ought to try keep 2 metres apart whenever possible, especially in the staff room etc.
  • Staff / pupil interactions: This may be challenging for some mainstream pupils and very difficult for some SEN and very young pupils. Older children should be reminded to keep 2 metres distance from staff whenever possible. We should consider not undertaking extended activities where staff are in close proximity to pupils if this is possible.
  • Pupil / pupil interactions: See Government website above.


The NEU have the following advice (