Coronavirus Update: Back to school in Waltham Forest, new cases locally, and testing availability

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 

Walthom Forest

This week, I'd like to extend a huge thank you to teachers and school staff who have worked so hard to make sure schools across the borough are as safe as possible for children and young people to return to education. We have also put together some information for parents and carers that will help ensure our children stay safe at school. Read more here.

Over the last week there has been 39 new cases of coronavirus in Waltham Forest, which is an increase from 26 recorded last week, which is slightly higher than the London and national average. We all need to take responsibility for stopping the spread by following the guidance and acting responsibly and if you have symptoms (a new persistent cough, or a high temperature or a loss of taste and smell) self-isolate and get tested - call 119 or book online. You can also use our walk-in centre at Stanley Road car park, E10 7FF.

You can watch a helpful video explaining the testing process here.

Remember, social distancing and restrictions still remain in place. Meetings should only take place between two households, keep two metres away, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces, and wash your hands with soap and water regularly for 20 seconds.

COVID19 cases in Waltham Forest

Back to School


As parents and carers begin to send children back to school and college this week for the autumn term, we know that things will be a little different.

We want our children and young people in the borough to be able to progress in their education and it’s important for their wellbeing - if they are feeling a little anxious this animation may help with those back to school nerves.

Our schools are delighted to be welcoming back your children and would have communicated how they will need to operate with protective measures in place.  To help reassure you and answer some of your questions please read more on what you need to know about how schools and colleges will be keeping children and young people safe. 

Read more

Tell us about your local shopping habits

Abi from Grace and Albert

The deadline to complete the Choose Local. Support Everyone. shopping survey is this Friday (4 September).

We want to know about your shopping habits during the pandemic and understand how you feel about local businesses.

The survey should take just a few minutes. By filling it in, you will play an important role in shaping how we can help our businesses recover, rebuild and emerge from the crisis in a strong position.

Take the survey

Creative courses, job skills and more

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Accounting, art, ceramics, childcare, English, hair and beauty, gardening, maths … the Adult Learning Service has hundreds of courses to help you get a new job or improve your wellbeing.

You can gain a formal qualification for work, or learn a new skill for your own satisfaction.

Job hunting? Our courses and free job clubs will improve your self-confidence and job applications.

Most courses are free or up to 70 per cent off depending on your circumstances. You can also get 10 per cent off full fee courses if you book by Sunday 13 September.

Browse the prospectus

Q&A with Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service

Online Q&A with the Adult Learning Service

Next Thursday 10 September, the Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service team will be online to answer your questions about courses and jobs advice for residents.

If you are worried about getting a new job – or want to find out more about new courses – register for our Q&A session. The session will start at 12.30pm with short presentations from all our subject areas. We will respond to your questions after the presentations, so please send them in advance when you register.

To attend the Adult Learning Service Online Open Q&A, please register by 12pm on Wednesday 9 September.

Register now

Keep Waltham Forest Tidy

Humphrys Cafe - Highams Park

Earlier this year, Keep Britain Tidy suspended its events due to coronavirus. However, they are back this month, and Waltham Forest is encouraged to get involved with the Keep Britain Tidy Great British September Clean between Friday 11 and Sunday 27 September 2020!

We are looking for residents, schools, residents’ associations, faith groups and community groups who want to organise their own events – seeds and equipment will be provided. Interested? Contact the team by email.

Find out more

Council Services

Recycling bins

Our teams are continuing to deliver vital services and are working hard to reopen services as and when it is safe to do so. 

Learn more 

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Information and advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing quickly and its important you keep up to date with those changes. The Council will be using email newsletters to keep residents and businesses up to date.

If residents have questions please visit our website, and use live chat to talk to one of our team, it's quicker than phoning.

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