Public Health - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Nurseries, pre-schools, schools and colleges

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Schools and early years settings – information for parents and carers

Following the Government announcement on 30 December 2020, arrangements for the beginning of the Spring Term 4 January 2021 are as follows:

From 4 January 2021
  • All early years and primary schools will return to school as normal across the Isle of Wight.
  • All secondary school and sixth form college age children will remain at home and access remote learning from their school or college, with the exception of vulnerable children or the children of key workers.

From 11 January 2021
  • Years 11 and 13 will return to face to face education.
  • Other year groups, with the exception of those who are vulnerable or the children of key workers, will remain at home and access remote learning from their school or college.

From 18 January 2021

  • All pupils in all year groups return to face to face education.
  • Unless unwell, every child should be back in education in all key stages.

Mass testing

The Government also announced on the 30 December 2020 its intention for all schools and colleges to make testing available for all secondary aged young people in schools, more details are to follow on this. 

We expect more information and detail to follow from the Department for Education, please check this web page for any updates.


Getting to school

Wherever possible, and for multiple health benefits, children and young people are encouraged to walk, scoot or cycle to school.

Keeping a safe social distance is important as you begin to go back to work and school after the coronavirus lockdown.

Government guidance will apply to home to school travel arrangements for Children and young people, eligible for school transport funded by the County Council. There is no requirement for social distancing but there will be a set of controls that will apply, such as use of hand sanitiser and where possible sit in year groups. Face coverings for pupils over 11 are recommended. Enhanced cleaning will apply to vehicles being used on home to school journeys. Pupils who travel on public transport will be required to respect the social distancing measures on public bus services and, if they are aged 11 years old or over, must wear a face covering.

For general information about COVID-19 please visit the website which contains a link to the 111 coronavirus service.

Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing

The council’s Educational Psychology Team (Hampshire and Isle of Wight Educational Psychology),  provides expertise, training and support to schools to enable them to help pupils to maintain good mental health and well-being. The Educational Psychology Team also has a telephone contact line which parents and carers can access for advice.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak affects everyone’s daily lives.  How a child or young person reacts can vary according to their age, how they understand information and communicate, their previous experiences, how they typically cope with stress, and the support systems they have around them.  During this time, it’s important that you take care of your family’s mental health.

Further information can be found in the government guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Early Years (0-4 year olds) and out of school (school age) - availability

Information about the Isle of Wight’s childcare services, including early years providers, nurseries childminders and out of school providers in your area can be found using our Local Offer online portal

More information about Early Year services including funding.

Parents or carers with a specific childcare requirement should contact the Early Years team on 01983 821000.