If your child has cancer, and is in the clinically extremely vulnerable groups, you’ve probably been following guidance to shield them.
Until 31 July, the government in England has set out the following advice on going to school for children and young people who fall into any of the clinically extremely vulnerable groups, or who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable:
- Children, young people and school staff who have been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable are not expected to be attending school or college, and they should continue to be supported to learn or work at home as much as possible.
- If a child, young person or school staff member lives in a household with someone who is extremely clinically vulnerable, the advice from the government is to only go to school, college, university or childcare if stringent social distancing can be put in place with everyone able to follow it. In the case of smaller children, they need to be able to understand and follow those instructions. This may not be possible in all circumstances. If stringent social distancing cannot be followed, we do not expect children, young people or school staff who live with someone who has been shielding to attend. They should be supported to learn or work at home.
From 1 August, most children in England and Northern Ireland who have been told they’re clinically vulnerable won’t need to shield any more. That decision will be made with you and your GP and care team. In Scotland, you will be contacted by your GP or treatment team to discuss shielding and your individual case.
Check out the guidance for which children can go back to school in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
This is changing regularly, and is likely to change again before the school year starts again in September, so make sure to keep up to date, your clinical team and GP will be able to help too.You can also read more about clinically vulnerable children going back to school from RCPCH.