Schools and children’s services during Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Changes to schools and children's service during the Coronavirus outbreak

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The government plan is that all pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term.

Schools will contact parents directly to let them know what the arrangements are for the beginning of the autumn term.

Each school has carried out a risk assessment to plan safety, hygiene measures and social distancing for their specific circumstances. These might include staggered start times for dropping off and collecting pupils. Schools will be in touch with parents to let them know.

See the government guidance for full opening of schools.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) catch-up premium

Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances. Find out more about the Coronavirus (Covid-19) catch-up premium.

Guidance to support the use of tuition will be published as part of wider National Tutoring Programme communications later in the summer.

Holiday childcare

The Government has also announced that organisations offering holiday clubs and activities for children over the summer holidays should be able to open, as long as they run protective measures in place at the time such as social distancing and hygiene rules. 

You can find details of childcare and holiday provision across the county, as well as other community groups and organisations, on our community directory North Yorkshire Connect.

Home to School Transport

We are awaiting further guidance from the DfE which is specific to Home to School Transport provision from September before we finalise our plans for transport delivery. Any information or updates relating to Transport provision will be published on this page, so please check here regularly for the latest advice, information and guidance.

Childcare provision

If parents are looking for alternative childcare provision, please ensure the provision is regulated. All paid childcare involving more than two hours a day should be taken with a provider who is registered, including paid childcare in the child’s own home. You can find more details here.

Free school meals

The government has issued guidance to schools regarding continuing provision of (benefit based) free school meals via meals, food packs or vouchers during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. It is the school where your child was receiving free school meals that will decide on the method of support.

The free school meal team are unable to offer any assistance or advice regarding the issuing of vouchers or the system schools have in place for providing meals. Any queries or complaints should be directed to the school.

Additional temporary entitlement to free school meals due to Covid 19

During the coronavirus outbreak, there has been a temporarily extension from 21 April until schools fully reopen to free school meals eligibility to include four groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF), including: 

  • children of Zambrano carers
  • children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • children of families receiving support under section 17 of the Children Act 1989 who are also subject to a no recourse to public funds restriction

The 3 groups above are subject to a maximum household earnings threshold of £7,400 per annum.

  • children of a subset of failed asylum seekers supported under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

This group is not subject to any maximum household earnings threshold.

This extension is temporarily in place due to the current unique circumstances. It covers both children who are attending school and children who are at home.

See guidance for the temporary extension of free school meals eligibility to NRPF groups for more information.

To be eligible for free school meals, the maximum annual household earnings threshold is £7,400 after tax. This equates to £616 per month.

Supporting information can include either a:

  • payslip
  • P60
  • bank statement
  • letter from their bank
  • letter from their employer

Families who are receiving Section 4 support are not able to work, and as such their earnings do not need to be verified.

If you fall in one of these categories and if you are temporarily eligible for free school meals during COVID-19,  please complete this form (docx / 32 KB) and email it to with supporting information. Alternatively, please ask the school to send it in.

Any other applicant should use the standard application form (FMB1) that can be found on the main free school meals page.

Step-parent adoption

Any new enquiries or applications for step-parent or non-agency adoptions cannot be progressed at this time as it would involve non-essential travel and visits to the home. We will update our website when the situation is able to change.

Education appeals

The government published new regulations and guidance on 24 April to allow School Admission Appeals to take place without the need for meetings to be held in person.

The School Appeals team are now contacting all appellants, starting with parents whose children are due to start secondary school in September, and parents appealing for their child to move school mid-year, about the arrangements for their appeal hearings, in line with the new rules. Appellants whose children are due to start primary school in September will be contacted shortly afterwards.

We are sorry for the unavoidable delays to progressing and hearing appeals this year due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Appeal hearings will start to take place again in June and will continue throughout the school summer holidays. There are currently over 300 school admission appeals to be heard for schools across North Yorkshire.

The School Appeals team would like to thank parents very much for the patience and understanding they have shown whilst the appeal process has been delayed.

Read the DfE guidance

Fostering information drop-ins

All of our fostering information drop ins are all postponed until further notice. Find more about fostering on our website.

Proposed special free school in Selby

The Secretary of state’s decision on the successful trust to open and run the school has been postponed until further notice. We are continuing to work with the Department for Education on the development of the proposed school.