Coronavirus (COVID-19)—DfE updates eight sets of guidance to reflect step 3

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—DfE updates eight sets of guidance to reflect step 3

The Department for Education (DfE) has updated eight sets of guidance on actions to be taken during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in education settings. The update reflects that step 3 of the roadmap out of restrictions is to commence from 17 May 2021.

The following guidance has been updated:

• Special schools and other specialist settings: coronavirus (COVID-19)

○ information has been updated on visits to special residential settings (chapter 4), asymptomatic testing (chapter 11), funding (chapter 12), face coverings (System of Controls – Annex A) and confirmatory PCR tests (System of Controls – Annex A)

• Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak

○ information has been updated on face coverings, educational visits, extra-curricular activity and Ofsted inspection. Further guidance has been added on domestic residential educational visits and a section on transitional activities

• Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

○ information has been updated on staff wellbeing, clinically extremely vulnerable, safe removal of face coverings, attending more than one setting, visits to setting by external professionals, parent and child groups, organised performances, trips, and childminders meeting other childminders

• Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

○ information has been updated on face coverings, attendance, pupils travelling to the UK from abroad, educational visits, wraparound provision and extra-curricular activity, music, dance and drama, pupil wellbeing and state-funded school inspection. Further guidance has been added on domestic residential educational visits and a section on transitional, taster and open days

• Face coverings in education

○ information has been updated to reflect that in all schools and further education providers, face coverings will no longer be recommended for pupils and students in classrooms or communal areas. It is recommended that face coverings should continue to be worn by staff and visitors in situations outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible

• Higher education providers: coronavirus (COVID-19)

○ the 'Higher education coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance' has been updated with information on step 3, outbreak plans, face coverings, testing asymptomatic students and staff using lateral flow device tests, new and returning students travelling from overseas, educational visits and field trips, and staff and student wellbeing.

○ the 'Students returning to, and starting, higher education during spring and summer 2021' has been withdrawn

• Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

○ information has been updated to provide additional guidance on residential visits, which can commence from Step 3, as well as on the use of face coverings, indoor group sizes and parental attendance at out-of-school settings

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