Coronavirus information for PTAs
Updated 23 March 2020
Schools have now closed, until further notice,
for all pupils except the children of key workers and the most
More information about the government's advice
to schools: gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-school-closures
What might your PTA do?
- Inform supporters of event cancellations, if
you can. Be considerate of families in hardship who may be forced
to ask for refunds.
- Publish a list of local food banks.
- Work with the school without putting them under
unfair strain. Encourage parents to limit contact with school
leadership teams unless necessary. Schools are short-staffed and
busy right now.
- Empty perishables from the shed and consider
donating them to the school.
- Share any digital safety resources you may have
to reassure parents whose children are using screens more
- Information on donating to other charities:
Published 13 March 2020
Schools are advised to remain open although the Government has
announced it has officially moved to the 'delay' phase of its
coronavirus action plan. As the number of cases in the UK
increases, many PTAs are asking what they should do. It's important
to remain level-headed. There are several things you might want to
start thinking about now, and you may wish to plan for the future,
should the outbreak escalate. If you are planning events, stay in
close communication with the school and follow the advice of Public Health England.
If you are going ahead with forthcoming events:
- Provide extra hand-washing facilities and hand gels if
- Remind people on arrival and use clear signage to advise
participants of the importance of handwashing
- Think about coronavirus when completing your risk
- If you have any questions about insurance, check with your
The Government's chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance said
on Thursday, 'We think that the peak may be something like 10 to 14
weeks away - it could be a bit longer.'
For future events:
- Work with the school and keep lines of communication open
- Make your cancellation and refunds policy clear
- Postpone buying stock until nearer the event or buy items that
will last and can be reused
- Have a short-notice cancellation plan in place and consider
delaying events until the peak has passed
What are PTAs saying?
To join the discussion with other PTAs, join the PTA Ideas and
Advice Network, here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PTAnetwork/
For education-related questions, teachers, parents
and young people can contact the Department for Education's
Coronavirus helpline on 0800 0468687
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