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Schools to welcome back all pupils in March

Published: 3 March 2021

Schools across Derbyshire are preparing to welcome all pupils back in person from the 8 March 2021.


Pupils and teachers have all worked tirelessly through difficult circumstances with schools never having closed during the pandemic. Many children have continued to attend in person with other pupils learning remotely.

Teachers across the county are looking forward to warmly welcoming all pupils back in person.

All primary age and early years children should start again at school on 8 March. No COVID testing of primary age pupils will take place but they should not attend school if they are displaying COVID symptoms or are a contact of someone who has tested positive.

All secondary age students are strongly encouraged to be part of a school led COVID testing strategy ahead of starting school in person again from 8 March 2021. Secondary age students are recommended to have 3 tests before starting back. Your school will be in touch with details of how it will work and when the start date for each year group will be.

While we strongly encourage people to take part, testing is not compulsory and no student should be denied education on the grounds of not being tested or refusing to be part of a testing strategy. Pupils should not attend school if they are displaying symptoms or are a contact of someone who has tested positive.

We are supporting schools, pupils and parents as they once again return to classroom-based learning.

There will continue be a range of extra safety measures in schools such as:

  • extra cleaning
  • reducing the amount contact between different year groups and staff
  • ensuring that anyone with coronavirus symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school
  • cleaning hands thoroughly and more often than usual

Our Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale said:

“I’d like to thank school staff, pupils, parents and carers for all your hard work. I know it’s not been easy.

“I also understand that some parents, carers and pupils might once again be anxious about returning to school. I want to reassure you that the safety and wellbeing of the county’s children has been at the forefront of our thoughts, and schools are doing everything they can to minimise the spread of coronavirus.

“Teachers I have spoken to can’t wait for the pupils to be back in class and will be focused on the pupil’s mental wellbeing and getting them readjusted to classroom life.

“Now’s the time for us all to get back to school safely.”

Information about returning to school.