Coronavirus advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - update, advice and guidance for parents and carers


Are schools and settings in Hackney open?

On 18 March 2020, the government advised partial closure of all schools and settings from Monday 23 March and the cancellation of all exams.

The government has, however, asked that schools, colleges, nurseries, childminders and other registered childcare settings remain open for children of critical workers and vulnerable children where they can.

See the guidance on the closure of educational settings which sets out what this means, who is counted as a critical worker and who is classed as vulnerable. It also provides information about free school meals.

Read Mayor Glanville's statement on the announcement and a letter from the Mayor and Deputy Mayor to all students in Hackney.

Please see our school closures page and also refer to school websites for more information on their status.

Will my child still get free school meals?

National advice on the provision of free school meals for children during the coronavirus lockdown is expected to be announced by the Department for Education this week.

The majority of Schools in Hackney have set up systems to provide meal vouchers or cards for children eligible for a free school meal. Some schools are providing a free school meal for collection from the school.  All schools are working hard to reduce social contact when distributing vouchers or meals.

Find out more about the provision of free school meals during the coronavirus lockdown.

What to do if you or your child has coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms.

Read the stay at home guidance which sets out when and how to self isolate.

You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them that you are staying at home. Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
  • Only call 111 if you cannot get help online

Advice and guidance

Please note that this information is regularly updated and you should, therefore, refer back to it for any changes

What other action you should take

A UK-wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue (and then immediately disposing of it), to stem the spread of viruses.

See the NHS advice about washing your hands

This page was last modified on: 30 Mar 2020