On Friday 1 April 2022 the Department for Education updated it's guidance to clarify what actions staff and pupils should take if feeling unwell or after testing positive for COVID-19.
It has removed the guidance for staff in most education and childcare settings to undertake twice-weekly asymptomatic testing. Given we now know that the risks of severe illness from COVID-19 in most children and most fully vaccinated adults are very low, the Government has removed this advice in England, bringing education into line with wider society.
Face coverings are no longer recommended for staff, pupils and visitors.
Directors of public health will continue to advise individual settings experiencing outbreaks.
The 'Test and Trace' service and guidance has now been replaced by UKHSA guidance. Close contacts of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 will no longer be routinely traced.
The latest advice is that:
- Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature (38C and above).
- Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature (38C and above) should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.
- Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days.