Coronavirus updated advice
This guidance will assist schools and other educational settings in providing advice for pupils, students, staff and parents or carers. Guidance will be updated here as and when received, please check back for updates
Government Coronavirus action plan
Yesterday, the Prime Minister confirmed that the government’s response to COVID-19 remains in the Contain phase – the first phase in the government’s coronavirus action plan.
The coronavirus action plan was launched last week. This document sets out what we have done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes.
The action plan can be found here:
Advice from Public Health England continues to be for education and children’s social care settings to remain open, unless advised otherwise. We are continually reviewing how best to support all educational settings and the impact of any measures will be considered carefully before being implemented.
Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
Updated travel advice for travellers returning from Italy
Yesterday, Public Health England updated their travel advice, recommending that anyone returning from Italy should self-isolate, even if you do not have any symptoms. If you do develop symptoms, call NHS 111.
The latest travel guidance can be found here:
Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here:
The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.
Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:
Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
On Monday (2 March) the DfE launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Reporting absence / partial and full closures
All schools / childcare settings have received a briefing from the local authority for reporting absence and any possible cases. This information when received will be reported to the DfE / Ministers as requested. The briefing contains an online form, please provide as much detail as possible and keep us updated on any changes.
If your setting hasn't received the briefing or you require the online form links again, please call 0116 454 1120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated 11 March 2020
Links to latest information
- Updates on COVID-19
- Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response
- COVID-19: guidance for educational settings