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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on isolation for residential educational settings

Guidance to support management of children and young people in residential educational settings, including boarding schools, residential special schools and children’s social care.

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This guidance is for owners and managers of residential settings to support the management of children and young people living in:

  • children’s social care
  • residential special schools and colleges
  • mainstream boarding schools and further education (FE) colleges
  • university halls of residence and houses in multiple occupation

It contains advice on managing isolation for individuals or groups, in the event that a child, young person or staff member either shows symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or is confirmed as having the disease.

The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new, continuous cough
  • a high temperature (37.8 degrees Celsius or above)
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

The government has provided a suite of guidance to support people in making decisions related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Published 21 March 2020
Last updated 20 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Explained how wearing a face covering may affect communication with people who rely on lip reading, facial expressions and clear sound.

  2. We have made new coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance updates to support management of children and young people in residential educational settings, including boarding schools, residential special schools and children’s social care.

  3. Updated guidance.

  4. First published.