Some students are on a rota system, they will be learning from home on the following days - Wednesday: Year 9. Thursday: Year 8. Friday: Year 7. Year 10 & 11 must attend school as normal unless told to isolate.

COVID-19 Response

Due to the second national lockdown, and further restrictions for vulnerable staff; our school is facing an extreme challenge in ensuring that all classes are adequately staffed on a daily basis.

We have devised a contingency plan to ensure:

  • Students continue to receive quality education
  • Staff are prepared and are able to produce resources in advance
  • Parents are informed in advance and are able to plan

Contingency Plan

Students will stay home and access remote learning (see below) 1 day a week using a rota system.

In the case of extreme staff shortages we will also ask an additional reserve year group to remain home and access remote learning.

This plan will be suspended should staffing allow full school re-opening. If this is the case parents will be informed in advance via our parent app, letter, text message service and website.

Day Year Group to stay at home and access remote learning Reserve Year Group to attend unless told not to
Monday Year 11 Year 7
Tuesday Year 10 Year 8
Wednesday Year 9 Year 10
ThursdayYear 8Year 9
FridayYear 7Year 11

Accessing Remote Learning

Remote learning will take place using Google Classroom, if a student does not have the equipment to access Google Classroom please contact their Pastoral Manager, who will endeavour to provide equipment from school.

We have recently organised for all parents to have access to a special offer for Lenovo Chromebooks. This is the best way to make sure learning in and out of the school building is seamless and consistent.

Expectations for Remote Learning

A comprehensive guide to Remote Learning and associated policies can be found on our website.

Students will:

  • Access Google Classroom to retrieve resources for each lesson (note the resources provided may be allocated to a series of lessons)
  • Access and remain in Google Meet for each lesson

Staff will:

  • Ensure resources are uploaded in advance of a lesson/series of lessons
  • Engage students in ‘live lessons’ where possible**

The School will:

  • Provide a free school meal for all eligible students. Order forms can be completed online. These can also be picked up at reception
  • **Provide a tutor or teacher for each remote lesson to engage the students and answer queries
  • Complete a register of students accessing Google Classroom for each lesson
  • Report any absences to parents

Other Information

Students are not expected to self-isolate unless they or members of their household develop coronavirus symptoms.

Vulnerable students are expected to attend school as normal, provision will be made for them to access remote learning within school.

If a student is self-isolating or learning from home, and is entitled to free school meals, we can provide a meal in the form of a 'grab bag' containing a sandwich, drink and snack.

To order a grab bag please complete the form below by 9:30am each morning. Free School Meal grab bags will be available for collection each day between 12:00 and 1:20pm at our main reception. Bags will be individually labelled with each child's name.

Do I have to send my child back to school?

The government has said that all students should return to school, unless they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result, or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19).

What are you doing to keep children safe?

Students will remain in their classroom and year group bubbles throughout the day, minimising contact. Increased hand washing and use of hand sanitiser is being encouraged, as well as arranging classrooms to have forward facing desks.

Cleaning of classrooms and corridors has been increased and hand-sanitising stations are located throughout school.

Students can bring a packed lunch and water to school. This can be in a bag, which will be kept under their desk. Students should avoid bringing unnecessary items to school.

Full details of the work we have done to keep our families safe is available in our COVID-19 Risk Assessment.

Which entrance should students use and what time do they start?

YearTimeLine up from 8:20amEntrance
78:30amLower yardCOM fire escape stairs
88:30amMUGAUpper yard
98:30amUpper yardUpper yard & VOC stairs
108:30amOutside PE officePE door & reception stairs
118:30amStraight in via Student EntranceArt fire escape stairs

What changes have been made to morning break?

Year Break TimeLocation
710:55 to 11:15amSmall MUGA
811:00 to 11:20amLower yard
910:55 to 11:15amUpper yard
1011:00 to 11:20amAstroturf
1110:55 to 11:15amLarge MUGA

What changes have you made to lunch provision?

To further reduce the risk of proximity contact during this pandemic, we will no longer be serving hot meals and students will be required to bring a packed lunch to school or order a grab bag during registration. We have provided facilities for students to enjoy fresh air at lunch time, however to maintain this facility students MUST follow the:

  • Rule of six (small group gatherings only)
  • Keep to the same groups and make a note of which students they have associated with on the way to school, at lunchtimes, and returning home from school
Year & BandLunchLocation
7a/b/c12:15 to 12:45pmEat in classrooms. Exit via COM stairs. Use lower yard.
8a/b1:15 to 1:45pmEat in classrooms. Exit via upper yard for trail and sports field.
9a1:15 to 1:45pmUse reception stairs. Eat in Canopy. Use upper yard.
9b1:15 to 1:45pmUse reception stairs. Eat in Heart Space. Use lower yard.
10a12:45 to 1:15pmUse reception stairs. Eat in Heart Space. Use lower yard.
10b12:45 to 1:15pm Use reception stairs. Eat in Canopy. Use upper yard.
11a12:15 to 12:45pm Use fire stairs. Eat in Canopy. Use upper yard.
11b12:15 to 12:45pm Use fire stairs. Eat in Heart Space. Use upper yard.

How can students make payments?

If a student needs to make a payment at the school finance office they can only do so on their designated year group day:

  • Year 7 - Tuesday
  • Year 8 - Wednesday
  • Year 9 - Monday
  • Year 10 - Thursday
  • Year 11 - Friday

If a student needs to buy something immediately, such as a tie, they should see their Pastoral Manager.

What should students bring to school?

Students should bring as little as possible to school. Stationary packs, including pencils, pens, rulers, calculators, and books are being provided. These packs will remain in school, to avoid cross contamination between school and home.

Students can take their books home, and staff can also take these home to mark. 

Are face masks needed?

Because Blackburn Central High School is located in an area with increased lockdown restrictions, all students and staff must wear face masks whilst in communal areas and on the corridors, unless they have a medical condition that prevents them from doing so. Face masks must also be worn on public transport. 

Washable facemasks are available to buy from the finance office for £2 each. It is important that they are washed daily after each use to avoid infection.

If a student is ill with coronavirus symptoms in school, anyone looking after them will use appropriate PPE until the student is able to return home.

Some individuals are exempt from wearing a face mask:

  • If they cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment or disability
  • Speak to or provide assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate 

Do students need to wear school uniform?

Students are expected to wear full school uniform, which parents should wash regularly. As the weather gets colder students will need to bring an outdoor coat. Due to increased ventilation in school students have permission to wear a plain black hoodie under their blazer.

Can children still do PE?

PE is being offered as normal, but on PE days students should wear their PE kit to school and return home in it, unless they have been told otherwise.

Remote Learning

If students have to self-isolate we will switch over to remote learning on Google Classroom. Our onsite and remote learning is seamless so students can always access a high-quality education.

Behaviour Expectations

Our home-school agreement has been updated to include COVID-Safe Guidance. If a student chooses to not follow this guidance the pros and cons will be explained to them, if they still refuse their parents will be contacted and if they cannot reason with their child, they will be sent home and their absence recorded as unauthorised.

We are working within very tight guidelines and have to keep the majority of our community safe.

Parent Visits, Pick Up and Drop Off

Parents must remain outside of the school building during pick up and drop off.

We are unable to have any face-to-face meetings or visits from parents without prior appointment. Please ensure you phone school for an appointment if you need to arrange a meeting.

What if someone in my household is clinically vulnerable?

People with pre-existing conditions might be especially at risk of catching COVID-19 and so the people living with them must take some additional precautions.

If your child is in the clinically vulnerable category, you should seek the advice of a doctor before deciding to send your child back to school or not. If your child is living with someone who’s clinically vulnerable, they’ll still be encouraged to attend school while adhering to strict social distancing.

What if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

If a student or staff member is unwell, they must not come to school and school MUST be informed as soon as possible.

When a student or staff member develops ANY coronavirus symptoms, they will be sent home and advised to self-isolate and arrange to be tested, by visiting NHS.UK or phoning 119. If they test negative, they can return to school.

If the student tests positive their "bubble" may need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Our Local Health Protection Team is PHE Cumbria and Lancashire Health Protection Team,Lancashire County Council, Pitt Street Reception County Hall,Preston,PR1 8XB

Grab bags are available for students on free school meals who are isolating, please use this form to order their lunch, and collect from the community entrance of school between 12:00pm and 1:30pm each day.

Wellbeing Support

The Blackburn with Darwen Help Hub has been set up to offer support with any issues that arise during the Coronavirus outbreak. You can phone 01254 588111 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday or 9:00am to 12:00pm Saturday and Sunday.  You can also fill in the online form at

Other sources of support:

  • Kooth - online support and counselling for young people
  • Childline - counselling support for young people. Call 0800 1111
  • Mind - mental health information and support 
  • Healthy Young Minds - mental health information and support


COVID-19 Response Documents & Policies

Government & Local Authority Guidance