“Pupils in England have been taking Covid tests before heading into class, as schools reopen to a different set of rules following the Christmas break. More Covid-related staff and pupil absences are expected this term. Teaching unions say it is likely some classes and year groups will be sent home to learn remotely at times because of staff shortages. But Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi insists face-to-face teaching will remain the norm.”BBC News 04/01/2022
“The government ruled on Sunday that pupils should wear masks in classrooms for the first three weeks of term, bringing England in line with other parts of the UK. It also pledged 7,000 air filters would be available to the 20,000-plus schools in England.”BBC News 04/01/2022
The Updated Covid restrictions and guidelines for schools have been announced. More information available at Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The following currently applies:
Face masks in class
Regular sanitising and hand washing
Discussions are currently underway as to how schools are going to manage heightened Covid-related absences of staff.