SCHOOLS RETURN: Enhanced testing and new measures in place to ensure safety
From Monday 8th March, primary, secondary schools and colleges will opened to all children in England in the first step of the Government’s roadmap out of the COVID-19 restrictions.
Schools are going to great lengths to ensure they are as safe as possible ahead of the return. New measures include twice weekly COVID-19 testing for teachers, secondary school students and parents who have no symptoms as well as all education staff, and pupils in secondary schools and colleges are advised to wear face coverings in all areas if social distancing is not possible.
Alongside the new testing process and revised guidance for face coverings, existing protective measures will be in place including bubbles, increased hygiene such as frequent hand washing, opening windows to let fresh air into the classrooms more regularly (ventilation) and staggered break and lunch times.
Pupils will first learn how to take three tests in their school or college so they can then do it confidently at home. All teaching staff (primary and secondary) and secondary school pupils will then be asked to do rapid lateral flow tests at home twice a week after they return to the classroom. In addition, staff and students in secondary schools and colleges are now advised to wear face coverings in all areas, including classrooms, where social distancing cannot be maintained.
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