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Shielding guidance for attending school

Guidance on shielding for children who attend schools and education settings in Leicester.

Local shielding guidelines

Leicester, Oadby and Wigston, Blaby and Charnwood are the only local areas for which specific government shielding guidance is in place. Advice also differs across these areas as incidence has fallen at a different pace.

  • Leicester City
    The advice to shield remains in place until 7 September;
  • Oadby and Wigston
    Shielding started to be relaxed on 10 August (with advice changed to allow meeting up to 6 people and in relation to forming a support bubble), pausing shielding from 24 August;
  • Blaby and Charnwood
    Shielding started to be relaxed from 3 August (changing advice to meet 6 people and form a support bubble), pausing shielding from 17 August.

Where the advice is being relaxed, people are advised not to travel to other areas where shielding advice remains in place (Leicester). So, this means that schools in Leicester will be considering their extremely vulnerable staff who live in areas in Leicestershire where shielding has been relaxed.

For further information - read the latest Public Health England guidance on shielding.


Where a child is living in the household of a parent, carer or adult who is clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) but that child can travel to school without requiring the support of the person who is CEV, then they should do so, so long as they are able to understand, and stick to stringent social distancing while at school. 

This may not be possible for very young children and older children without the capacity to adhere to the instructions on social distancing. If stringent social distancing cannot be adhered to, we do not expect those individuals to attend school and they should be supported to learn or work at home.


Children can attend school if they are able to stick to stringent social distancing while at school.  This may not be possible for very young children and older children without the capacity to adhere to the instructions on social distancing.

If stringent social distancing cannot be adhered to, we do not expect those individuals to attend school and they should be supported to learn at home.


Most children should be coming off the Shielded patient list, however if your child is on this list, they should continue to shield until the they/the parent/carer receives notification either that the child is no longer on the shielded patient list or that shielding guidance has paused in the area they live and in the area they go to school.  

Trusts and GP practices are reviewing all children and young people on this list and will advise whether they should be removed, before the start of the school term in September.  

Where a pupil is unable to attend school because they are complying with clinical and/or public health advice, schools are expected to offer them access to remote education.  Where children are not able to attend school as parents are following clinical and/or public health advice, absence will be authorised.