Schools, colleges, and early years
From 19 July, schools, colleges and early years are no longer required to operate in bubbles, maintain social distancing or use face coverings. Settings have been given the choice by the Government to continue to use these control measures over the summer though. We understand that the majority of settings will continue with these measures until September including school transport providers.
Control measures from September
All schools, colleges and early years settings are required to update their risk assessments in preparation for September. Please visit your school's website for further details.
Settings will continue to implement the following control measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19:
- Regular hand washing with soap and warm water or hand sanitiser
- Keeping spaces well ventilated
- Regular cleaning of the environment
- Continuing to use the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach for coughs and sneezes
- Ensuring anyone who has one of the three symptoms of COVID-19 does not attend and instead self-isolates and takes a PCR test
- Ensuring anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 self-isolates at home for 10 days and does not attend
Settings have also been advised to have plans in place for the reintroduction of measures such as:
- Class bubbles
- Social distancing
- Face coverings for staff and pupils in Year 7 and above
- Online teaching
These measures may be re-introduced in a setting in response to an outbreak of COVID-19.
All pupils in year seven and above will be asked to take two on-site Lateral Flow tests before returning to the classroom in September. Each school is currently developing plans to complete this testing and schools will provide parents and pupils with details of when they need to attend for a test.
Pupils and staff will also be encouraged to continue to test themselves twice a week at home using a Lateral Flow Device. These tests should only be used if you feel well and do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. If you have symptoms or feel unwell you should book a PCR test instead.
Self-isolation from 16 August 2021
From 16 August, double vaccinated people and under 18s will no longer need to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead NHS Test and Trace will advise these individuals to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.18-year-olds will be treated in the same way as children until four months after their 18th birthday, to allow them the opportunity to get fully vaccinated. At which point, they will be subject to the same rules as adults and so if they choose not to get vaccinated, they will need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact.