If you haven’t already returned to school and feel a bit nervous about going back, you’re not alone. You might be wondering what to expect and whether it’s safe.

We’ve answered some of the questions you might have below.

Will I need to wear a face mask?
Secondary School:
  • If you’re in secondary school, you will now be asked to wear a face mask at school for most of the time. This includes in classrooms, communal areas and when moving about the school.
  • If you use school transport, you will also be asked to wear a face mask during your journeys to and from school.
  • Not everyone is able to wear a face mask. If you don’t think you need to, it’s best to check with a member of staff from your school.
Primary School:
  • If you’re in primary school, you don’t have to wear a face mask at school unless your doctor has suggested you should.
  • You will need to wear a face mask on the school bus or other school transport though, unless your support needs mean you don’t have to wear one.
  • If you would like to wear a face mask you should be allowed to do so.

Click here to find out more about wearing face masks in school

Will I need to be tested for coronavirus?

To reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus at your school, you may be asked to do a coronavirus test at home. However, it is completely voluntary. This means you cannot be forced to take a coronavirus test.

Even if you choose not to do the test, you should still be allowed to go to school.

If you are in S4-S6 then your school and local authority should make sure that you have access to at-home testing twice a week. This may soon apply to all high school pupils.

Click here to find out more about coronavirus testing

What if someone in my school has coronavirus?

Every school has plans in place to respond quickly and safely if anyone develops coronavirus symptoms while at school. If you show symptoms, you would be kept in a safe space, physically distant from others. Your school would then contact your parent/carer. Arrangements would then be made for you to be collected or make your way home safely.

Your school should work with you, or any pupil who develops symptoms and has to self-isolate, to make sure there is support to continue learning from home. However, this would only happen if you are well enough.

Click here for helpful tips if you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed about returning to school