Our Ref: IW/1329tr
03 March 2021
With schools and colleges across Birmingham preparing for the return of all pupils and
students from 8 March, we are writing to thank you for everything you have done
throughout a challenging year and to ask for your continued help and support over the
coming weeks and months.
Clearly, the reopening of our schools and colleges to all pupils and students must be
done in a safe way, which is why it is important that we all continue to follow the
guidance - at all times.
Schools and colleges will be taking additional measures to ensure that children and
young people can learn in as safe an environment as possible. They will be sharing
their new arrangements with you once they have been finalised, so please continue to
support your school or college by following their rules. Continue to follow the current
routines until the new plans have been communicated and come into effect.
As each institution is different their plans and rules will vary, but there are some things
we all must do:
• remember social distancing and don’t congregate at school gates at drop off
and pick up times
• engage in any testing programmes your school may have in place
• encourage your children to follow the school rules including any face coverings
and class or group bubbles
• If you or your children are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please do not
attend school. Instead, stay home and book a test.
• If you have tested positive for the virus your children should not attend school
for 10 days of you showing symptoms.
• if your child has been sent home from their class bubble and told to isolate,
your child must stay at home and not go out, whether they are experiencing
symptoms or not. They must also stay home regardless of whether they have
had a negative test. The rest of the family does not need to isolate unless your
child develops symptoms.
The earlier that children and young people with symptoms stay off school/college, the
fewer other children and staff will need to isolate as a precaution. This way we can
reduce any potential disruption to other children and staff and help keep schools and
The vaccine roll-out and falling case rates mean we can now start the gradual return
to normal life and the reopening of schools and colleges to more pupils is a welcome
step forward. But we must all do everything we can to ensure that is done in the safest
possible way. By working together and following the guidance, we can ensure we
keep our children, teachers, lecturers and other staff safe.
In closing, we want to thank you for the way you have supported your children’s
schools and colleges at this difficult time. We understand how challenging remote
education has been and your continued support and cooperation has been vital
throughout a very tough year. You really have made a difference, so thank you.
Councillor Ian Ward
Leader of Birmingham City Council
Councillor Jayne Francis
Cabinet Member for Education, Skills & Culture
Councillor Kate Booth
Cabinet Member for Children’s Wellbeing