Many thanks to Ian Noon for updating us about the latest guidance from the DfE about the new lockdown.
DfE published new guidance yesterday on how the “new national restrictions” will impact on education in England
2 key changes to note:
1) Face coverings are now required in all secondary schools and colleges in communal areas and when moving around the school. Previously this was a requirement only in tier 2 or 3 areas. Face coverings must also be worn by pupils in year 7 or above when using school transport. The usual exemptions around face coverings apply. As before, face coverings in classrooms is not mandatory.
2) Children who are “clinically extremely vulnerable” will be asked to stay at home. Schools should ensure their education continues remotely. Families should also receive a letter if this applies to them. If they are not sure, they should consult with their GP. Otherwise, children are expected to attend school as usual.
Otherwise, previous guidance issued by DfE around education and coronavirus continues to apply.
NDCS has updated its coronavirus blogs to reflect this.