Schools: Coronavirus

Department for Education written question – answered on 26th May 2020.

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Photo of Rehman Chishti Rehman Chishti Conservative, Gillingham and Rainham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what safety (a) guidance and (b) support will be issued to schools that will be reopening on 1 June 2020 during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Department’s latest guidance for schools to support their widening opening from 1 June 2020 is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings.

In all education, childcare and social care settings, a range of approaches and actions should be employed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Schools should follow the hierarchy of controls that, when implemented, creates an inherently safer system, where the risk of transmission of infection is substantially reduced. These include:

  • minimising contact with individuals who are unwell or who have coronavirus symptoms;
  • frequently cleaning hands;
  • ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach;
  • regular cleaning of settings; and
  • minimising contact and mixing.

Particular advice on implementing protective measures is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings.

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