New guidance for schools
Teachers should distance themselves from each other and older students when a full return to school takes place in September, new government guidance says.
Secondary school workers who need to move between classrooms and year groups should try and keep their distance “as much as they can” – preferably two metres from other adults, the advice says.
Older children should be kept apart from other groups and staff where possible, and they should be encouraged to keep their distance within groups.
The advice comes as the government has announced that schools will be told to keep children in class or year-group-sized “bubbles”.
– Whole schools may not be closed if a few cases arise
Closing entire schools may not be necessary if there are a number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 on site, according to the new Department for Education guidance.
An outbreak is defined as two or more confirmed cases of coronavirus within a fortnight. The guidance says the whole site or year group may have to self-isolate at home.
But it adds that whole-school closures “will not generally be necessary” if schools implement the recommended controls.
Mobile testing units will be dispatched to test the infected person’s contacts, focusing on their class, then year group and rest of the school if necessary, officials said.
Our policy correspondent Jon Stone has more details and reaction: