1 April return to school for clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) children in England

Tuesday 30 March 2021

Tags: coronavirus, education

The Department for Education (DfE) has updated its schools coronavirus operations guidance for England, which confirms that all CEV pupils should attend their school from Thursday 1 April.

The only exception is if your child is one of the very small number of pupils under paediatric or other specialist care who have been advised by their GP or clinician not to attend.

Pupils who live with someone who is CEV should continue to attend school as normal.

We know some families may be thinking about continuing to shield their child. It’s important to be aware of what the law says. A child may only remain away from school if a statutory reason applies, such as being unwell. Fixed penalty notices for non-attendance will apply as usual.

If you want to discuss things with someone, our helpline is here for you.

Don’t live in England?

The guidance comes as shielding in England is paused nationally from 31 March.

Shielding advice varies across the UK. See the latest guidance on protection for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable in:

Visit our Covid-19 coronavirus pages for the latest information.