Covid-19 Advice

COVID-19 infection protection and control in educational settings

Tower Hamlets Council has been working closely with Public Health colleagues to make sure schools have access to the most up to date data and guidance.

You can view an extract of the latest version of the public health COVID-19 briefing for schools below and the full briefing is provided for download.

If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in your school, then the school should notify the Health Protection Team immediately, email [email protected] or call 0300 303 0450.

Schools should also notify:

Returning to school

The following signs, posters and templates can be used in schools.

N.B. schools do not need to routinely take a child’s temperature unless they are actually ill and so schools may not want to use that sign.

In addition, two Tower Hamlets' schools - Thomas Buxton Primary School and St. Paul's Way Foundation School - have kindly agreed to share the guides they produced for parents with children returning to school. The guides outline plans for a phased return, guidance for parents and carers, what children should wear/bring to school and much more. The schools have also agreed to let other Tower Hamlets' schools adapt this guidance for their own parents and school communities.

Public Health England Guidance


Primary Primary Coronavirus - A book for children

Written by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts

A free digital book for primary age children to help explain the coronavirus and how to control it. Illustrated by Axel Sheffler, the book had expert input from Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, two headteachers and a child psychologist. It's available here.

Primary Dave the Dog is worried about Coronavirus

Nurse Dotty is a registered children’s nurse who has worked for a number of years in a paediatric intensive care unit. She has written and illustrated a number of stories and poems for her patients to help start conversations and relieve some anxiety and fear. Dave the Dog is worried about Coronavirus is a book that provides truthful information in a reassuring and child friendly way. The author says that it is free to download.

Primary Secondary Free educational resources from E-Bug

E-Bug, operated by Public Health England, is a free educational resource for classroom and home use and makes learning about micro-organisms, the spread, prevention and treatment of infection, fun and accessible for all teachers and students. All activities and lesson plans have been designed to complement the National Curriculum. You will also find a range of interactive activities to complement learning, including games, quizzes, and debate kits. Available here.