Safe return to school premises – 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 safe return to the school premises.

RNIB and VIEW Back to School Guidance

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.


Scotland and Northern Ireland

Education settings will remain closed for the foreseeable future – except for children of key workers and children who are the most vulnerable.

More information is available on the UK Government websites:

Other useful resources