Latest Covid-19 advice and information

This page will aim to keep education settings in Waltham Forest up to date with the latest advice and information from public health about COVID-19. Covid-19 testing guidance can be found on this page

29 April 2021

COVID-19: Travel and quarantine guidance

Government guidance on travel and quarantines.

27 April 2021

Webinar: Staying Safe in Schools and Settings During COVID-19

On 21 April 2021, the council hosted a COVID-19 webinar on Facebook live with the latest information on local data, testing, vaccines and keeping schools and childcare settings safe.

9 April 2021

Covid-19 lateral flow tests: Ehylene Oxide Factcheck

It has come to our attention that rumours and videos are spreading especially amongst secondary school pupils and parents and show Covid-19 self test kit box with "sterile EO" written on the back of the box. 

This also incorrectly states that the swap is "coated in Ethlene Oxide" and is causing cancer in children.

The Council have put together a Factsheet to answer some of your questions and list the facts about these tests.

24 March 2021

Covid-19:Transition to home testing in secondary schools

Following a number of queries from Headteachers and discussions with colleagues in Public Health, the Council have put together advice regarding pupils and Lateral Flow Tests. 

16 March 2021

Covid-19: Lateral Flow Test update

A Public Health update and clarity on Lateral Flow Tests for primary schools.

23 February 2021

Lateral Flow Testing in Schools and Data Sharing

Testing programme for staff in primary, school-based nurseries and maintained nursery schools.

8 January 2021

Covid-19 update for schools: January 2021

Covid-19 national lockdown update for primary and secondary schools in Waltham Forest.

5 January 2021

National Lockdown January 2021

On Monday 4 January 2021 the Prime Minister announced a new national lockdown for the UK. During the period of the national lockdown, schools, alternative provision, pecial schools and colleges will remain open to vulnerable children and young people and the children of critical workers only.

17 December 2020

Public Health update: Schools Christmas break 2020

As ever, the Waltham Forest Public Health team is here to support you and if you have any questions, please email

We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing efforts of all staff working across childcare and early years. We hope you can all have a very well deserved and restful Christmas break.

15 December 2020

Update: Isolation periods for close contact of those with Covid-19

Isolation periods for close contact of those with Covid-19 has changed from 14 days to 10 days. This updates from Public Health informs you of: Isolation for those who have been in close contact with someone with Covid-19; Isolation for those with Covid-19 and People who are already isolating.

14 December 2020

Department for Education COVID-19 helpline

The Department for Education COVID-19 helpline and the PHE Advice Service (option 1) will be available over the holidays to answer any questions you have about COVID-19 relating to education settings and children’s social care.

2 December 2020

Public Health update: reporting confirmed cases in schools

Updated guidance to schools and settings on reporting confirmed cases of COVID-19.

1 December 2020

COVID-19 Winter Grant and Vouchers for Free School Meals

David Kilgallon, Director of Learning and Systems Leadership has sent out a letter to all Headteachers and School Business Managers regarding the COVID winter grant and vouchers for free school meals. The grant is to support those most in need across England and to support households with children. The Council will be providing vouchers to the value of £30 per child to cover the two-week Christmas closure.

10 November 2020

Waltham Forest COVID-19 update- 9 November 2020

New national second lockdown restrictions and what this means for schools.

4 November 2020

COVID-19 School Management Update: National Restrictions

4 November 2020 - David Kilgallon, Director of Learning and Systems Leadership gives an update on school management during these precedented times.

3 November 2020

COVID-19 Home Test Kit Webinars

A series of webinars to support schools and colleges in understanding how to use COVID-19 home kits in education settings.