Updated 29 November
New government measures have been introduced.
Face coverings should be worn in communal areas in all education settings by staff, visitors and students in year 7 and above, unless they are exempt. Pupils or students in year 7 or above should also continue to wear face coverings on public and school transport, unless they are exempt.
COVID-19 vaccinations for 12 to 15 year olds
In Sussex, vaccinations for 12 to 15 year olds are available:
- from the schools immunisation team, either at school or at a follow up session (which are also available for children who are home schooled)
- by booking an appointment online through the National Booking System or by calling 119
School visits are underway to offer the majority of 12 to 15 year olds a vaccination. Each school has either been visited or has a booked visit.
Vaccination healthcare staff ask for parental, guardian or carer consent before vaccination. This is in line with existing school vaccination programmes including for HPV and Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP).
Parents, guardians and carers will receive a letter with the details of the vaccination sessions, the consent process and next steps.
Textline for 12 to 15 year olds
A Textline advice service is available for 12-15 year olds by texting 07312277727.
The Textline will offer expert advice from registered healthcare professionals on the vaccine, the process and on consent issues.
The service is for 12-15 year olds only, so advice will not be shared with parents, carers and legal guardians.
Young people and children at high risk from COVID-19
Some young people and children aged 12 to 17 are being offered 2 doses of the vaccine if:
- they live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
- they have a condition that means they're at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
Those who are eligible for further doses of the vaccine will be contacted by a local NHS service such as a GP surgery to arrange their appointments.
A third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is being offered to people aged 12 and over who had a weakened immune system when they had their first 2 doses. This is not a booster dose.
Find out more about vaccines for 12 to 15 year olds from Sussex Health and Care Partnership.
COVID-19 vaccinations for 16s and over
People aged 18 or over (or turning 18 within 3 months) are currently eligible for a 2nd dose 8 weeks after your 1st. People aged 16 and 17 will soon be invited to book a second dose 12 weeks or more after their first dose.
Find more information on Who can get a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.
Latest Covid guidance for schools and early years settings
- Read the government’s guidance for education settings
- Read the government guidance for early years settings
Secondary school and college students are advised to take rapid COVID-19 tests twice a week at home.
Pre-school and primary aged children do not need to be regularly tested.
Testing remains voluntary but regular testing will prevent unknowingly spreading the virus. Where possible, please support your child to take these tests.
If anyone tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, they should tell the school and:
- self-isolate immediately
- get a PCR test to confirm the result
- follow the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
Other COVID-19 measures include:
- pupils and students identified as a close contact will not need to self-isolate
- if a child or young person is identified as a close contact, they should take a PCR test and self-isolate if the result is positive
- although it's no longer a legal requirement, wearing a face covering is expected and recommended for young people aged 11 and over on public transport and dedicated transport to school and college
Family Information Service
The helpline is currently open Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm.
You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wellbeing and mental health support
If you have any specific concerns about your child, please contact your school or early years setting directly.
If you are worried about your child’s mental health and wellbeing, we recommend you visit the YMCA DownsLink Group's online ‘e-wellbeing’ resource.
The council’s Schools Wellbeing Service has a consultation line for parents and carers who may be concerned about emotional wellbeing and mental health issues.
If you would like to speak to a mental health worker, please send an email to SWSConsultationLine@brighton-hove.gov.uk.
If you have particular worries or concerns around special educational needs (SEN) issues, please speak to your school SENCo.
If parents can’t get hold of the school SENCo and their child has an EHC plan they can contact their SEN case worker.
Find more information about the support available for children who have SEND.
The Brighton & Hove Inclusion Support Service (BHISS) is running an open email for parents and carers.
If you are concerned about your child’s development and emotional wellbeing, send an email to BHISS@Brighton-hove.gov.uk.