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updated on 21 January 2022
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Read our summary of the DfE's operational guidance to find out what your leaders need to do in light of the latest rules around COVID-19. Get a summary of the key health and safety measures they should have in place.

This article is based on the operational guidance for schools published by the Department for Education (DfE). The guidance includes detailed advice on specific health and safety measures, as well as general guidance about your school's responsibilities during this time (many of which haven't changed, or won't be a surprise to you). 

It applies to all schools in England, including:

  • Maintained schools
  • Academies and free schools
  • Alternative provision schools, including pupil referral units 
  • Special schools, including non-maintained special schools
  • Independent schools 
  • Boarding schools

Everyone should attend unless they're self-isolating

The Department of Health and Social Care no longer advises clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) individuals to shield, but they may want to consider taking extra precautions to protect themselves. 

Your school should follow its risk assessment procedures to make sure anyone who may be at increased risk is safe while at school. 

This should be equivalent in length to the core teaching pupils would receive

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