Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for educational settings

Guidance for schools and other educational settings about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for educational settings poster

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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:

  • the novel 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
Published 17 February 2020
Last updated 7 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance to reflect the announcement on school closures.

  2. Added poster.

  3. Added guidance poster.

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

  5. Added poster.

  6. Updated guidance.

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

  8. Added landscape version of the poster.

  9. Added the revised poster.

  10. Updated with information about specified countries and areas.

  11. Added poster document.

  12. First published.