New temporary and precautionary COVID measures 

From Tuesday 4 January, the government will introduce some new measures following the emergence of the Omicron variant in the UK. Face coverings are recommended in schools with pupils in year 7 and above. They should be worn in most classrooms, and by pupils, students, staff and adult visitors when moving around buildings.

Find out more about how to stay safe on our news page.

 

Schools and colleges across Warrington welcomed pupils back for the new year.

Government strategy remains that COVID-19 continues to be a virus we are learning to live with and the need to reduce disruption to children and learners’ education remains of the highest national priority. We know that Omicron cases are high and this year, like last, schools will continue to face a range of challenges – not least higher than normal levels of staff absence. More information on schools COVID-19 guidance can be found on the government's website.

Warrington schools are continuing to ensure the following safety measures are in place:

  • Continuing the good hygiene practices we have all been following throughout the pandemic
  • Maintaining appropriate building cleaning regimes
  • Keeping occupied spaces well ventilated
  • Following public health advice on testing, self-isolation and management of confirmed cases of COVID-19

The government has reinstated the requirement to wear face coverings for pupils in Year 7 and above. This means that face coverings are advised for pupils, staff and visitors, in classrooms and in communal areas. This includes public transport and dedicated transport to school or college. This advice will be reviewed on Wednesday 26 January.

It is recommended that regular symptom-free lateral flow testing takes place; twice weekly for pupils in Year 7 and above. Secondary on-site testing took place before students returned to face to face teaching at the start of the Spring term.

Ensuring schools and nurseries are safe

Warrington schools are ensuring the following safety measures are in place:

  • Continuing the good hygiene practices we have all been following throughout the pandemic
  • Maintaining appropriate building cleaning regimes
  • Keeping occupied spaces well ventilated
  • Following public health advice on testing, self-isolation and management of confirmed cases of COVID-19

It is no longer a requirement for ‘bubbles’ or the need for schools and colleges to contact trace, but they remain a measure which could be reintroduced in some situations.

The government has removed the requirement to wear face coverings. This means that face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors, either in classrooms or in communal areas. However, they are still recommended in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may be contact with people you don’t normally meet. This includes public transport and dedicated transport to school or college.

School transport

We must all work together to help ease demand on our road and transport networks. We're urging parents, carers and pupils to consider active travel options like walking, cycling or scooting where possible, use public transport, and plan your journey ahead of time.

Active travel

Walking, cycling and scooting are great ways to get around, while keeping active, on the school run.  

By choosing to walk, cycle or scoot to school or work, instead of driving, you can help reduce the pressure on our road and transport networks - as well as improving your health and helping to protect our environment.

Think ahead - is your journey short enough to leave your car at home? Walking, cycling or scooting a short distance may be quicker than driving during busier times.

We are working to make it safer and easier for you to walk and cycle more. Find out more about how to cycle safely and view our new cycle map on our website.

School and public transport

If you travel to school or college by public bus, please remember to:

  • plan ahead
  • follow safety guidance
  • try to avoid busy times

Operators have safety measures in place on buses to help keep passengers as safe as possible. Find out more about travelling by bus in Warrington on our website. 

If travelling by bus, consider travelling outside of peak times as these services may be quieter. Remember that timetable changes may also be in place, so leave a bit more time for your journey, and check before you travel.

If you’re aged 11 and over, it is advised that you continue to wear a face covering on school or public transport to keep yourself and others safe. See the government's safer travel guidance for passengers for more information.

Plan your journey 

Plan ahead and always check your travel options in advance. There may be an increase in the amount of traffic on the road at peak times, so make sure you check if there are any changes to routes in case of any temporary traffic or road restrictions.

If you're using public transport - plan ahead, visit traveline.info.

We are committed to continuing to provide safe home to school transport, if you have any queries, please email our education team.


Early years, nursery and childminder provision

The My Life Warrington team can advise on available early years childcare places. 

The places available can change rapidly, so for the most up to date information please call 01925 443131.


Parents and carers of pupils with SEND

More information about education and assessments, transport, health services, early help, and payments and budgets can be viewed on Warrington's Local Offer website - Ask Ollie.


Useful resources - My Life Warrington

There are some resources available to help you to talk to your child about school. These include useful tips about how to cope if children feel anxious, or if they are feeling overwhelmed. 

We have a central contact point for all coronavirus-related education enquiries:

You can email our education team or call 01925 442211. We aim to respond to your questions within one working day.