Children, schools and education settings

Last updated: Wednesday 1 September 2021

Autumn term 2021

Children and young people at Bury's schools and colleges are being advised to follow national guidance during the autumn term.

There are major changes in the way schools and colleges are managing Covid-19, compared to previous terms.

Measures in place to manage the virus include:

  • Students at secondary schools and colleges are being offered two Covid tests at their school or college when they return. After this young people are recommended to continue to taking tests twice weekly at home.
  • Cleaning and ventilation measures remain in place
  • Vaccination is available to 16- and 17-year-olds, and for 12-to 15-year-olds who are have underlying health conditions or are close contacts of people who are immonsuppressed

If a student or member of staff develops Covid-19 symptoms they must:

  • Get a PCR test and isolate until the result is known
  • Isolate at home for 10 days if you are positive

Changes this autumn term, compared to previous terms, include:

  • No need for 'bubbles'.
  • No need for face coverings in school, but still recommended on dedicated school or college transport.
  • Fully vaccinated adults and young people who are aged under 18 years and six months do not need to isolate if they are identified as a close contact of someone who has Covid-19. However, they are advised to get a PCR test.

Travel to school and college

Transport for Greater Manchester have issued information and safe travel advice for attending school and college.