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The government’s plan for removing the remaining legal restrictions while protecting people most vulnerable to COVID-19 has been set out in the document  ‘Living with COVID-19’. 

This plan - underpinned by vaccines - will remove the remaining legal domestic restrictions while continuing to protect people most vulnerable to COVID-19 and maintaining resilience. 

Follow this link to access a copy of the document: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-living-with-covid-19

 

COVID-19 continues to be a virus that we will have to learn to live with and but what will this mean in practice?

There is no longer a legal requirement for people with coronavirus (COVID-19) infection to self-isolate, however if you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result, the public health advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

Below is the information that has been provided to schools:

From Monday 21 February 2022, the Government removed the guidance for staff and students in most education and childcare settings to undertake twice-weekly asymptomatic testing.

From Thursday 24 February 2022, the Government removed the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test. Adults and children who test positive will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days, and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days.

In addition, the Government will:

  • No longer ask fully vaccinated close contacts and those aged under 18 to test daily for 7 days, and remove the legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate.
  • End routine contact tracing. Contacts will no longer be required to self-isolate or advised to take daily tests. Staff, children and young people should attend their education settings as usual. This includes staff who have been in close contact within their household, unless they are able to work from home.
  • End the legal obligation for individuals to tell their employers when they are required to self-isolate.

 

The NHS is currently offering vaccines to at-risk children and those who live with immunosuppressed people in this age group. Parents and guardians of at risk 5 to 11 year olds should wait for the NHS to contact them, with local NHS teams already contacting those who are eligible.

Please be alert for the main symptoms of COVID-19:

  • A high temperature
  • A new continuous cough
  • A loss of (or change in) their normal sense of taste or smell

 

A comprehensive list of symptoms can be found here:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

 

Where to find further information?

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

 

For the very latest Department for Education information:

https://twitter.com/educationgovuk
https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk/