Welcome back to secondary school or college


The short video below was made for the reopening of secondary schools and colleges in the first week of September 2020.

It shows students and parents what to expect and gives advice on staying safe whilst restarting school or college.

Secondary students returning to school and young people going back to college should:

  • regularly wash their hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds
  • use the hand sanitising stations provided when soap and water is not available
  • carry tissues to catch coughs and sneezes, or should cough or sneeze into the crook of their elbow if tissues aren't available
  • pay attention to markers around the school buildings
  • stay in year groups, or 'bubbles', as much as possible and keep a 2-metre distance from friends not in that bubble
  • walk or cycle to school or college, if possible
  • wear a face covering when using the school bus or public transport, if over the age of 11
  • wear a face covering in communal areas, if advised to do so by your school or college
  • put disposable face coverings in covered bins and keep reusable ones in a plastic bag, ready for washing at home
  • ask for support from the NHS North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) school health service, if needed
  • enjoy your return to school and college safely!

If you or anyone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus, you must stay at home, self-isolate and book a test through the NHS:

You can get more support and advice for your mental health and wellbeing from: