Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for educational settings

Guidance for schools and other educational settings about coronavirus (COVID-19).

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This guidance is now out of date and has been superseded by information at education and childcare during coronavirus.

Applies to England



This guidance is applicable to 31 May 2020 and will be reviewed before 1 June 2020.

This guidance should be read in conjunction with the guidance on implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings.

Educational settings are now closed, except for children who are vulnerable and the children of critical workers.

This guidance is to support schools which are still open to care for this smaller number of pupils. It will assist schools and other educational settings in providing advice for pupils, students, staff and parents or carers regarding:

  • coronavirus, COVID-19
  • how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19
  • what to do if someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 has been in a school or other educational setting

Please note

This guidance is of a general nature and should be treated as a guide, and in the event of any conflict between any applicable legislation (including the health and safety legislation) and this guidance, the applicable legislation shall prevail.

Updates to this page

Published 17 February 2020
Last updated 20 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added updated poster.

  2. Updated information on symptoms.

  3. Added clarification on guidance and legislation.

  4. Updated guidance to reflect the announcement on school closures.

  5. Added poster.

  6. Added guidance poster.

  7. Removed 'COVID-19: travel guidance for the education sector' - this information is now available on a separate webpage.

  8. Added poster.

  9. Updated guidance.

  10. Added 'COVID-19: travel guidance for the education sector'.

  11. Added landscape version of the poster.

  12. Added the revised poster.

  13. Updated with information about specified countries and areas.

  14. Added poster document.

  15. First published.

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