These are some of the questions we’re getting from parents and carers. We’ve done our best to answer what we can, though as you know things are changing from day to day. We’ll update the information as and when we know more, or when things change.
England wide guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities came out on March 19th. You can find that guidance on the Gov.uk website.
Further guidance about how children with social workers, those with EHC plans and other vulnerable children and young people will be supported was published on the Gov.uk website on 22nd March.
These are the main things you need to know:
- If it is at all possible for your children to be at home, then they should be.
- If your child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or you or your partner a critical worker, then school will be available for them.
- Don’t rely on people who are most at risk from the virus, such as grandparents and people with underlying conditions for your childcare.
- Do everything they can to make sure your children aren’t mixing socially in a way which can spread the virus. Children should be following the same social distancing principles as adults.
- Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings will carry on caring for children wherever possible.
Devon County Council has a webpage where you can find lots more up to date information.
Contact, the charity for Families with disabled children, has a webpage with lots of information about support for children with disabilities and complex health needs, benefits and financial support and coping at home.