Coronavirus: Guide for educational settings

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The Department for Education COVID-19 guidance for educational settings

Staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal.

If staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home.

Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products

Supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues
posters and lesson plans on general hand hygiene can be found on the eBug website

Unless you have been directly advised to close by the local Public Health England Health Protection Team, we recommend all education settings remain open

The guidance from the Department for Education linked to here covers the following subject areas:

  • Background
  • Symptoms
  • What to do if someone develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) on site
  • Limiting spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings
  • Cleaning and waste
  • Tools for use in childcare and educational settings

There is a dedicated helpline number for educational settings – please call 0800 046 8687 for any specific question not covered on this page.

Public Health England has created resource materials that contain public health advice about how you can help stop the spread of viruses, like those that cause coronavirus (COVID-19), by practising good respiratory and hand hygiene. To access, download and share this information, you will need to register for an account which only takes a couple of minutes.

Use e-Bug resources to teach pupils about hygiene.