Yesterday the government updated its guidance to help schools prepare to reopen to all pupils at the end of the school holidays.

The guidance:

  • provides more advice on risk management
  • provides clarification on the age requirements related to face coverings on public and school transport
  • confirms that revised guidance on cleaning has now been published
  • sets out how the Department for Education will be supporting schools over the summer particularly in relation to communicating to parents and pupils about the need to return to school
  • gives more information about pupils with education, health and care plans
  • gives more information about managing contractors and other visitors to schools, including immunisation programmes
  • clarifies some details about the test and trace process
  • provides additional advice on staff who are clinically vulnerable and clinically extremely vulnerable
  • expands on use of space and ventilation
  • provides a link to the recorded webinar on mental health and wellbeing, clarifies resources available from MindEd, and links to e-Bug resources to support teaching children about hygiene measures
  • providse advice on exam results day

School plans will already be well advanced. However, the government expects all schools to follow any additional guidance contained in this update. 

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