Coronavirus (COVID-19): National and Local Information and Guidance

UPDATED: 9th April 2021


We know this is a difficult time as families are adjusting to this new way of living. We hope that this page will be able to help by giving specific information that you need, tips and advice on how to help and support your child at home, and also answer any questions you may have.


If you know of any information or guidance that could be added to these pages, then please let us know by emailing [email protected]. Also, if you have any questions and cannot find the answer here, then please get in touch with us.


General information and guidance

The Government has released a 4 part road map that outlines their plan to bring the country out of lockdown in a safe and secure manner. There is also an easy read version of the roadmap available. Amaze have published a 'Easy does it - the Compass Card guide to easing out of lockdown!' to also help people understand the changes occurring as a result of the roadmap.

It is also advised that you get regularly tested if you are not showing any symptoms of Coronavirus. There are different methods available to get tested:

  • order tests online to use at home
  • find a pharmacy where you can collect tests
  • find a local site to get tested at
  • find a local site where you can collect tests
  • get tests from your employer (if you cannot work from home)
  • Order by phone - if you cannot order online, call 119. Lines are open 7am to 11pm and calls are free.
  • More information on testing from the Government.

    The Government has published 'Special schools and other specialist settings: coronavirus (COVID-19)', which contains information on what all special schools and other specialist settings will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

    Operational guidance for schools during the pandemic is available to help know what to expect.

    Sussex Health and Care Partnership are releasing regular updates in regards to the vaccination rollout.

    More Information

    There is new guidance available for 'Rapid asymptomatic testing in specialist settings'.

    You can see the West Sussex County Council Data Dashboard for statistics on cases across West Sussex.

    If you are in need of support there is a range of ways you can access it. The West Sussex Community Hub has more information on this.

    Contact has a series of questions and answers on COVID-19 vaccines should you need any information on them.

    There is 'Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic'. You can also look on the Local Offer for counselling services.

    If you want to have a look at COVID-19 cases across the country then have a look at the Governments interactive map.

    If you are having to attend any meetings with professionals virtually then these 'Top tips for virtual SEND meetings' will be of use to you.

    Reaching Families have produced a series of frequently asked questions that parents may have on COVID-19. You can read the faction on the Reaching Families website.

    For fun activities and even more advice look at the Shorts Breaks Wiki.

    Please note the resources below were from the Lockdown that occurred in Spring, please bare this in mind when viewing them.


    Information from Central Government

    Information about First-teir Tribunals

    More national information and support available