On Monday 21 February, the Prime Minister announced the removal of measures put in place during the COVID19 pandemic as we learn to live with the virus. From 24 February, the Government will remove the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test.
Whilst we await further clarification of the implications for schools, the information below sets out the government guidance from 24th February:
From Thursday 24th February, should parents send their child to school if they think they have COVID-19?
If a child has any of the main symptoms or a positive test result, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), previously known as Public Health England, advice remains unchanged and is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
Anyone with any of the main COVID-19 symptoms should order a PCR test and are advised to stay at home while waiting for the result. If they test positive, they are advised to follow UKHSA advice.
From Thursday 24th February what is the UKHSA advice for people who have COVID-19?
Adults and children who test positive will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days.
Staff, children and young people who are contacts should attend their education settings as usual.
What precautions will schools continue to take to reduce the spread of COVID-19?
Schools should :
1. Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
4. Follow the published UKHSA guidance and advice.