Coronavirus – safety at school – VIEW/RNIB information hub

VIEW, together with RNIB and other partners and practitioners, are collating responses from across the sector on protocols, guidance, risk assessments around the the specific needs of pupils with VI while restrictions and coronavirus-related systems, protocols and working arrangements continue.

RNIB and VIEW Guidance

  • The latest version focuses on face coverings and recent changes to government guidance, whilst also acknowledging concerns around new variants of coronavirus. It also covers peripatetic specialist support, exam arrangements and catch-up support.

This briefing focuses on support for children with VI in mainstream schools. However, many of the principles and suggestions may also be helpful in other types of education settings.

This document has been produced alongside: VIEW – Considerations for students with vision impairment returning to school after the lockdown (Word, 61KB), (June 2020) and Habilitation VI UK – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Habilitation & Mobility Risk Assessment Guidance (May 2020) which provide further detail.

Guidance from across the sector (VI)

We are creating a repository of documents for sharing with services and staff around the UK. These have been kindly shared by colleagues across the sector, with the intention that they are used in consultation with your own health and safety advisors/officers when considering approaches for safe return to school premises. VIEW does not accept any responsibility for the way in which these guidelines are interpreted or implemented on the ground.

  • Tolerating Face Masks – Information from CVI Scotland on supporting children with a vision impairment to tolerate wearing masks and/or face coverings.

Call out for contributions

If you have developed policies or procedures that you would give permission to be published here, or signposted to elsewhere, please email: – thank you!

General resources (not VI specific)

Department for Education guidance

Guidance for teachers, school leaders, carers, parents and students

Key documents

The Department for Education wants to build temporary educational psychologist capacity in England to support schools and colleges returning in September.

Country specific guidance

Guidance changes quickly, but here is the lastest guidance at the time of writing.




Northern Ireland

Other useful resources