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.



This guidance will apply from the start of the autumn term. It’s been published before the start of the new academic year to help you prepare.

It 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.

Lines are open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

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

Published 2 July 2020
Last updated 7 August 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated 'Remote education support' in 'Section 5: Contingency planning for outbreaks'.

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

  3. First published.