COVID-19 guidance for schools and colleges
Following removal of all remaining domestic restrictions, the Government has published new guidance on how to live safely with COVID-19 and other respiratory infections. The national COVID-19 strategy is now focused on protecting people most vulnerable to COVID-19 while building community resilience and maintaining measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the general population.
Protecting children’s attendance to school is a national priority and all measures should be taken to avoid restrictions to face to face tuition.
Living safely with COVID-19
Government’s guidance and advice for educational settings has significantly changed from 1 April 2022. The DfE’s key documents Schools COVID-19 operational guidance and Contingency framework: education and childcare settings which were the main source for school leaders during the first two years of the pandemic were withdrawn on 1 April 2022.
A broader document “Emergency planning and response for education, childcare, and children’s social care settings” was published which outlines how educational settings should plan for and deal with emergencies and significant public health incidents, including infectious diseases. The following measures remain important to contain the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections:
- Get vaccinated
- Let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside
- Practise good hygiene: wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes, clean your surroundings frequently
- Consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces
- Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms, and stay at home if positive