What Step 4 changes mean for education and childcare settings
From today, England has moved to Step 4 of the roadmap. The Prime Minister has emphasised the need to remain cautious as restrictions are lifted.
We published a webinar last week which provides information on the key changes to COVID-19 measures in education settings, such as ‘bubbles’, contact tracing, face coverings, self-isolation and testing, in addition to providing answers to some frequently asked questions.
The webinar is available to view on the document sharing platforms and can be accessed using the following links:
Further information on Step 4 and the changes to COVID-19 measures in education and childcare settings can be found in our guidance.
We have updated guidance to reflect that we have moved to Step 4 of the roadmap and have converted the following pieces of guidance from PDF to HTML format today, making them more accessible and easier to navigate and read:
Changes to contact tracing for schools, colleges and nurseries
From today, schools, colleges and nurseries no longer need to carry out routine contact tracing. From this point onwards, close contacts will be identified and contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
In response to feedback from stakeholders, we have produced guidance, some frequently asked questions and answers, and a template letter for settings to send to parents, pupils and students on changes to contact tracing of close contacts. These can all be found on the document sharing platforms for primary and early years, secondary schools, further education and higher education and children's social care.