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Updated Coronavirus guidance for schools

08 Apr 2021|09:34

On Bank Holiday Monday, 5th April 2021, the government issued updated guidance for schools. Some of the main changes are:

  • Face coverings to continue to be worn by staff and students in secondary settings, those who are able to do so, in communal areas and classrooms
  • Primary staff to wear face coverings in areas that social distancing between adults cannot be maintained
  • All Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) pupils should return to settings after the Easter break
  • Staff who are CEV will be advised to work from home where possible, but should attend their workplace if this is not possible
  • Respite care can continue to operate
  • Lateral flow tests will continue twice-weekly for staff in all settings and pupils of secondary school age
  • Ofsted will resume onsite inspections for schools under the EIF from 4th May though secondary schools will not be included until 21st June to allow for the teacher-assessed grades processes to be completed