Social distancing and PPE

Settings followed government guidance around carrying out risk assessments to prepare for the return of children and young people. 

The guidance states that the return to classrooms will be based on separating groups of children and minimising contacts between them by:

  • Grouping children together in groups or "bubbles", likely to be a class in primary and a year group in secondary
  • Avoiding contact in school between these groups, with separate starting, finishing, lunch and break times

In primary settings the bubbles are likely to be used to maintain smaller groups such as a class, and for secondary schools and post-16 settings the focus will be more around distancing.

Settings will also be helping to lower the risk of spreading the virus by applying regular hand cleaning, hygiene and cleaning measures.

Will PPE be used in school?

The guidance says that PPE should only be needed in a very small number of cases, where intimate care needs routinely involves using PPE or where a learner becomes unwell with symptoms of the virus while in their setting.

Read the Department for Education guidance around protectice measures

Contact school or college if you have any specific questions or concerns about any changes to your child's class or provision as a result of these protective measures.

Resources to support understanding

Things are going to be different when your child or young person goes back or starts a new school. We have pulled together some resources below which may help them to understand all the changes.


Suffolk guidance:

Suffolk County Council ‘wellbeing for education return' information for families

Letter to parents and carers about the phased reopening of schools (PDF)- from Adrian Orr, Assistant Director - Education & Learning (Suffolk Children and Young People's Services) (21st May 2020)


Related information

Transition support

Managing and reducing anxiety

Changes to provision