Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from Essex County Council

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Phased school reopening confirmed for 1 June

The government has announced that primary schools, nurseries and early years settings can begin to open to more pupils from Monday 1 June. Secondary schools and colleges will be able to open to more students from 15 June. This is possible because the government’s five tests have been met.

In Essex, we have been supporting schools and settings to develop their plans for wider opening. Each setting has made their own decision on how they will respond based on the completion of a thorough health and safety risk assessment.

This means that not all settings will open full time to all children who are now eligible to return from 1 June. Our current indications are that between 75 and 80 per cent of Essex primary schools will open to more pupils in some form from 1 June.

Schools and settings have been communicating with parents about their individual decisions. To keep up to date on Essex’s approach to schools and settings reopening, including other services, please visit the coronavirus hub. We will be updating these pages with the latest information.

Support for families experiencing difficulties

As a result of the pandemic, parents, carers and young people are facing a range of issues.

That's why the Essex Welfare Service (EWS) is now supporting families experiencing difficulties.


We can provide you with support on issues such as:

  • managing family relationships
  • parenting
  • managing change
  • coping with anxiety
  • separation and loss

We have a team of friendly family advisors ready to take your call on 0300 303 9988 or you can visit Getting Help in Essex.

Resolving conflict at home


We all have arguments, but given the current and unusual circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, you and your family might be feeling under more pressure than usual.

Social distancing and self-isolation over a long period of time can put a strain on relationships and so it’s important to recognise the signs that a situation might be escalating and what you can do to resolve conflict effectively.

For more information and support around reducing anxiety and stress at home, visit the Livewell website.