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Updated Guidance Document January 2022 - Actions for Schools during the Coronavirus Outbreak

2nd January 2022

The guidance document  Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak was updated on 2nd January 2022 in light of rising infection rates.
The key changes are in the section on face coverings. The temporary measures introduced in late 2021 for secondary school pupils in year 7 and above will be continued. It is  recommended that face coverings should be worn by pupils, staff and adult visitors when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas.
In addition to this from January 4th it is also recommended that an additional temporary measure be imposed in those schools where pupils in year 7 and above are educated and  face coverings should be worn in classrooms. This does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example in PE lessons. Face coverings do not need to be worn when outdoors. Secondary pupils should also wear a face covering when travelling on public transport and should wear it on dedicated transport to and from school.
It is not expected that teachers wear a face covering if they are at the front of the class - although some teachers may wish to do so, and schools should be sensitive to the needs of individual teachers.
These temporary measures are due to be reviewed on 26th January 2022.
There is no change to the existing advice for primary schools,  as before it is recommended that face coverings should be worn by staff and adults (including visitors) when moving around in corridors and communal areas. Children in primary schools should not be asked to wear a face covering.

We will be updating our Coronavirus Resources Hub over the coming days.