Guidance

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term.

Documents

Details

This guidance applies to all schools in England, including:

  • local-authority-maintained schools
  • academies
  • free schools
  • alternative provision schools
  • pupil referral units
  • independent schools
  • boarding schools

DfE coronavirus helpline

If you have a query about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to schools and other educational establishments, and children's social care, in England contact our helpline.

Helpline opening hours
Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm

If you work in a school or college, have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.

Published 2 July 2020
Last updated 22 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated 'What to do if a pupil is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)' document to clarify that contacting the helpline is not mandatory - reporting confirmed cases can be done using the attendance form.

  2. Updated information on Prevention, Other considerations (system of controls), Response to any infection, Pupils travelling from abroad, Attendance, Workforce, Safeguarding, School uniform, Wraparound provision and extra-curricular activity, Behaviour expectations, Hospital schools and Contingency planning for outbreaks.

  3. Updated section on remote education expectations and support.

  4. Updated the section on managing confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and what to do if a pupil is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

  5. Added updated version of 'What to do if a pupil is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)'.

  6. Added 'What to do if a pupil is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)'.

  7. Updated guidance to reflect the actions schools need to take before the start of the autumn term - the changes are described within the document and cover the use of face coverings in schools.

  8. Updated 'Remote education support' in 'Section 5: Contingency planning for outbreaks'.

  9. Guidance updated to provide more advice and clarity on some aspects of the return to school in the autumn.

  10. First published.