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DfE Schools coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance (May 2021)
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DfE Schools coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance (May 2021)

New DfE Schools coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance document (May 2021)



This guidance explains the actions school leaders should take to minimise the risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in their school. This includes public health advice, endorsed by Public Health England (PHE).

Who is this publication for?

It is for leaders and staff in:

- primary schools

- secondary schools (including sixth forms)

- special schools, special post-16 providers and alternative provision

- 16 to 19 academies

- infant, junior, middle, upper schools

- boarding schools


We expect independent schools to follow the control measures set out in this guidance in the same way as state-funded schools, and health and safety legislation applies equally to independent schools.

Where this guidance refers to schools, that does not include maintained nursery schools or pre-reception classes.


Download the detailed full document here.

Residential visits are based around using and protecting existing bubbles. While it doesn’t specify occupation per room it recommends not exceeding 6 (page 47).


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