The government has confirmed its plans to reopen the school, with all establishments due to reopen on March 8

High schools will be given flexibility on how they handle testing in the first week The need to cover the face will also be extended to high school classrooms

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed plans in Parliament this afternoon and the Department of Education released updated guidance for schools

DfE guidelines state that school attendance will be “compulsory for all pupils from March 8”

The usual rules of attendance will apply, including the legal obligation of parents to guarantee their child’s school attendance

The ability to impose penalties such as fines will also be restored, and schools will be responsible for recording attendance, tracking absences and “reporting missing children to local authorities”

Returning high school students will be tested three times on site, then again once home in the first two weeks after reopening They will then receive home kits for testing twice a week thereafter

During the week of March 8, students will only be expected to return after their first negative test result

The guidelines say that during this week, schools should use code Y to record attendance for high school students who are not expected to attend school for classes due to the testing schedule

Secondary and primary staff will receive kits for testing twice a week at home, but there will be no testing of primary students

The government confirmed today that it recommends expanding the use of face masks in high schools to all indoor environments, “including classrooms,” for a “limited period” until at Easter

DfE guidelines released this afternoon confirm that schools should “ensure that face masks are used under recommended circumstances”

Face masks were previously compulsory for pupils and adults in the interior common areas of secondary schools

However, the DfE now recommends covering the face “should be worn in classrooms or during activities unless social distancing can be maintained”

This does not apply in situations where wearing a face cover “would impact the ability to participate in exercise or strenuous activity, for example in PE classes,” said declared the DfE

There are also exemptions for those who rely on “visual cues to communicate, or who communicate with or support such people”

In primary schools, staff and adult visitors should wear face masks “in situations where social distancing between adults is not possible (for example, when traveling in hallways and common areas) “But primary school children” don’t need to cover their faces “

The guidelines say schools should “consider staggered departures or adjust start and end times to separate groups upon arrival and departure”

Staggered starts can include “free periods or condensed or staggered breaks, but keeping the same teaching time”, or keeping the same length of the day “but starting and ending later to avoid peak periods “

Schools should think about how to communicate changes with parents and remind them not to congregate at the school gates or come on site without an appointment

The government initially planned to use lateral flow testing to keep students in the classroom who had contact with confirmed cases

Today’s guidelines confirm that schools must send home anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, “advising them to self-isolate immediately and for 10 days. complete from the day after contact with the person who tested positive ”

Latest guidelines say schools with two or more confirmed cases within 14 days may have an ‘outbreak’ and should call the dedicated counseling service via the DfE helpline

Previously, guidelines stated that two or more cases within 10 days could be considered to have an outbreak

Schools “should not plan for rotations because it is not necessary to reduce the occupancy rate in schools”, says the guide

There is also no need to adjust the class size from the usual size, said the DfE

According to the DfE, although children are “gradually being removed” from the list of protected patients, those confirmed to be clinically extremely vulnerable should “protect themselves and stay at home as much as possible until further notice”

“They are advised not to go to school as long as the protection advice applies nationwide”, the guide continues

Schools should talk to their staff about how they will be supported, “including working from home”

Staff living with someone who is CEV “may continue to work where working from home is not possible and should ensure that good preventive practices are maintained in the workplace and at home”

In its roadmap, the government said it “anticipates that it will no longer be necessary to advise armor plating beyond the end of March 2021”

According to the DfE, it is “likely that some pupils, parents and households are hesitant or worried about going to school”

This may include students who were protected in the past but no longer need it, or those who live in a household with a clinically vulnerable or extremely vulnerable person

Schools should discuss “any concerns with parents and reassure them about the measures you are putting in place to reduce risk” and remind parents that students of compulsory school age “should be in school unless they are a legal reason does not apply ”

School kitchens should be “fully open” and provide food for students, including those entitled to free school meals

However, schools should also “continue to provide free support for school meals to pupils who are entitled to free school meals and who learn at home during school time”

Although attendance is compulsory from March 8, schools will still be required by law to provide distance education to all students who must continue to learn from home

“This includes, for example, when such guidelines imply that a class, group or small number of students need to isolate themselves or clinically extremely vulnerable children need to protect themselves,” the guide says.

“All those students who are not physically ill should have access to distance education as soon as reasonably possible, which may be the next school day”

From March 8, schools should ‘endeavor to resume’ all before and after school educational activities and childcare for students’ when this provision is needed to help parents work, to study and access medical care, and to support the student Education and training “

However, it is “expected that these inspections will resume during the summer”, and the DfE “continues to review the inspection arrangements”

In the meantime, Ofsted will continue its program of unclassified control inspections in “inadequate” schools, those deemed “in need of improvement” in their last two inspections and in some other schools in need of improvement. p>

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