Go back a step

Worried about going back to school? Contact is here to help

Tuesday 19th May 2020


In England it's been announced that some children may be going back to school on 1 June. We understand that parents may have real anxieties about this.

It's important to note that the government has not made its final decision about returning to school on 1 June yet. This will only happen when the government's five key tests justify the changes at the time, including a reduction in the rate of infection.

We will update you as soon as the government has announced the exact date parents in England will be encouraged to send their child to school. Until then schools will continue to be open for priority groups like children of keyworkers and vulnerable children where appropriate.

Who will go back when a date has been decided?

When a date has been decided, it will initially apply only to certain year groups:

  • Mainstream primary schools may start to open for children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 only.
  • Mainstream secondary schools and colleges may provide some face to face support for students in year 10 and year 12.
  • Childcare providers can care for children again.

If your child is in a special school or college

Special schools, specialist colleges and hospital schools will have a phased return based on risk assessments of individual pupils.

What to do if you're concerned

We would like to reassure parents that they will not be penalised if they choose to keep their child at home. You know your child best, and we'd encourage you to make the right decision for you and your child and to talk to the school and your child's teachers if you have particular concerns.

If you're worried about your child returning to school, you're not alone. Contact is here for you. You can call our free helpline  and speak to our education advisers about any aspect of your child's education.

You can also email us at helpline@contact.org.uk or get in touch with our helpline team via Live Chat, Facebook or Twitter.

Related information

Take a look at our tips and resources we've put together for managing any anxiety you or your child might be experiencing at the moment as a result of the pandemic.

You can also read the government's guidance for parent carers on looking after their child's mental health during the outbreak.