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Dear colleagues,

The lifting of Covid restrictions in education settings will take place in line with the general removal of restrictions for England at Step 4. Subject to a final review of the data next week, these legal restrictions will end on Monday 19 July.

We are changing the controls that apply in early years, schools, colleges and higher education institutions to maintain a baseline of protective measures while maximising attendance and minimising disruption to children and young people’s education. When we move to Step 4 of the roadmap, we will be removing the need to keep children and young people in consistent groups (‘bubbles’) in schools, colleges and out-of-school settings and the need to reduce mixing in early years settings.

To support this we have published new guidance for arrangements in education settings from Step 4, covering both the summer period and the following term, when children will return to school:

· Guidance for special schools and other specialist settings

· Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

· Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak

· Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak

· Use of PPE in education, childcare and children’s social care

Guidance for out-of-school settings, children’s social care, apprenticeships and parents will be updated over the next 2 days.

From 16 August, the legal requirement to self-isolate for contacts of a positive case will end for everyone aged under 18, and for adults who have been fully vaccinated.  This means that from the autumn term, only those who test positive will need to self-isolate.  

From Step 4, NHS test and trace will carry out contact tracing in all education settings rather than it being run by the school or college. Those identified as close contacts will be advised to take a PCR test, and only need to isolate if they test positive. Everyone must self-isolate if they have symptoms of Covid or a positive test result. 

More details on the announcement can be found here Covid restrictions in education settings to end at Step 4 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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