In line with the latest Government guidance schools are open fully for face-to-face teaching, however some control measures are still in place, schools should:
- Ensure good hygiene for everyone
- Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes
- Keep occupied spaces well ventilated
- Continue to follow NHS and Government guidance on self-isolation rules - staff and pupils should not go into school if they are displaying COVID-19 symptoms
Face coverings are no longer required in schools, however the Government recommends that children and young people aged 11 and over continue to wear face coverings when travelling to and from school or college on dedicated or public transport. Temporary measures to reduce the risk of transmission may be reintroduced depending on the local circumstances.
COVID-19 vaccinations for 12-15 year olds
All children aged 12-15 are being offered a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Parents and guardians will receive a letter with information about when it will be offered and it will usually be given in school.
Asymptomatic Testing (not displaying symptoms)
In line with previous guidance, there is no need for primary age pupils (year 6 and below) to undertake asymptomatic testing.
All secondary school pupils should receive 2 on-site lateral flow device (LFD) tests, to take 3 to 5 days apart, on their return in the autumn term. Staff and pupils should then test twice per week at home. Schools should retain a small asymptomatic testing site (ATS) on-site, to offer testing to pupils who are unable to test themselves at home.
The above testing requirements will be reviewed at the end of September.
PCR Testing (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
Anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 should take a PCR test as soon as possible and self-isolate whilst they wait for the result. Get a free PCR test to check if you have COVID-19
Individuals are no longer required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and any of the following apply:
- they are fully vaccinated
- they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
- they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reason
Schools are no longer responsible for contact tracing. If a child or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 they should continue to isolate for 10 days as per Government guidance. Close contacts will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to get a PCR test.
For more detailed guidance visit the Gov.uk website