Latest Government advice and guidance on COVID-19 guidance for parents and carers
24th March 2020
Updated guidance on what schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Guidance on implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings
On 24 March, we published new guidance on how to implement social distancing in education and childcare settings.
It is important to read this alongside the overall guidance for social distancing:
School governance update
We have published an update about school governance which includes guidance in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19):
Guidance for commercial suppliers
You may be aware that Cabinet Office has issued guidance on providing support to suppliers during and after coronavirus (COVID-19).
We are aware of the high number of requests you have already had from your suppliers requesting support in line with the PPN. Please make sure you are familiar with this guidance before agreeing any support with your suppliers.
Contracting authorities, including the Department for Education (DfE), are considering how to respond to suppliers at risk, so that they are in a position to resume normal contract delivery once the outbreak is over.
We are working to provide more detailed advice and guidance to you on what this means for the suppliers that support you.
Resources for educational settings
We have updated our guidance for schools and other educational settings on how best to provide advice about coronavirus (COVID-19). A new poster resource is now available:
Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.UK
All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can now be found in one place on GOV.UK: · https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings
We have published new guidance for schools about temporarily closing and the principles we’d like all schools to follow:
Staying at home guidance
Yesterday, the Prime Minister addressed the nation on coronavirus (COVID-19) and asked people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes. There is no change in guidance for education settings, which remain closed except for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. We continue to ask that parents keep their children at home, wherever possible. The full stay at home guidance is available at: · https://www.gov.uk/government/...
Guidance on vulnerable children and young people
New guidance has been published answering some of your frequently asked questions about the provisions being made for vulnerable children and young people.
You can access the guidance at:
Guidance on isolation for residential educational settings
We have also published guidance about isolation for residential educational settings: · https://www.gov.uk/government/... The guidance supports the management of children and young people in residential educational settings, including boarding schools, residential special schools and specialist colleges and children’s homes.
How to submit the daily online attendance return to DfE
We are asking most educational settings to temporarily change their attendance recording practices. These settings are asked to complete a short online form by 12:00 each weekday, notifying the Department for Education about their status regarding COVID-19. A record of attendance spreadsheet, which will help you calculate the numbers we require for the online form, can be downloaded from the first link below. This spreadsheet itself does not need to be submitted.
The online form, that most educational settings are asked to complete, can be found at: · https://form.education.gov.uk/...
Cyber security guidance to ensure your school’s IT teams and providers are prepared for an increase in home working
The National Cyber Security Centre has published new guidance which:
Previously published information
Guidance for households with symptoms:
Government guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
·if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
·if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
·for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
The symptoms are:
·A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
·A new, continuous cough
The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here: · https://www.gov.uk/government/...
The Prime Minister’s statement from Monday 16 March can be found here: · https://www.gov.uk/government/...
You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.Department for Education Coronavirus helpline.
Temporary suspension of Ofsted inspections
Ofsted is to temporarily suspend routine inspections of schools, colleges, early years settings, children’s social care providers and local authorities to reduce the burden on staff who are providing vital services to the nation in response to coronavirus.
The current medical and scientific advice is for schools and other educational establishments to stay open. If this changes and the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser say closing schools, colleges, and early years settings is in the best interests of children and teachers the Department will take that step.
The full announcement made by Gavin Williamson can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/UkW7QcTsBcY https://www.gov.uk/government/news/routine-ofsted-inspections-suspended-in-response-to-coronavirus
COVID-19 travel guidance for the education sector
The Government has issued new travel guidance for the education sector. This advises against all overseas education trips for children under 18. This does not apply to domestic trips, or overseas trips which are already underway.
The full guidance can be found here: · https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/covid-19-travel-guidance-for-the-education-sector
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:
Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19:
Guidance for educational settings: · https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
Guidance for social or community care and residential settings: · https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-social-or-community-care-and-residential-settings-on-covid-19
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: · https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
Educational resources: · https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources ·
Exam preparation and Ofqual advice
We recognise that students, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the 2020 summer exam series. Ofqual’s advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal. Ofqual continues to work closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education to plan for a range of scenarios, as the public would expect. Our overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum. It is still many weeks until exams start and we will issue updated advice if necessary, giving schools and colleges as much notice as possible. The latest updates from Ofqual can be found here: · https://www.gov.uk/government/news/updated-statement-on-coronavirus
The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages: · https://twitter.com/NHSuk/stat...
Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at: · https://campaignresources.phe....
Today, we have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687 Email: DfE.email@example.com Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.
Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:
Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.
New guidance for employers
The Department for Business (BEIS) and Public Health England have issued guidance for employers, which you can find at: