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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on schools reopening

Published: 8 Mar 2021
Last updated: 8 Mar 2021 - see all updates

Guidance on arrangements for the phased reopening of schools in March 2021.

14 page PDF

235.4 kB

14 page PDF

235.4 kB

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on schools reopening
Summary of changes

14 page PDF

235.4 kB

Summary of changes

Version 1.0 - 21 December 2020

First version of document

Version 2.0 - 21 January 2021

Update to supplementary guidance following the decision to delay the reopening of schools, originally planned for 18 January. Updates effective from 21 January 2021.

Version 3.0 - 16 February 2021 

Significant updates to reflect new arrangements for a phased return to school as announced on 2 February and confirmed on 16 February. 

Version 4 - 8 March 2021

Reduced in length to provide a clearer focus on what is new:

  • Summary of phase 2 plans for reopening (paras 1-4)
  • Updated background section (paras 5-7)
  • Plans for more children and young people to return to school from 15 March (paras 8-19)
  • Changes re school age childcare (para 20)
  • Changes re senior phase learners in college (para 21)
  • Update on necessary mitigations (para 22-26)
  • Physical distancing, including 2m distancing requirement for secondary learners (para 27)
  • Revised school transport arrangements (paras 28-34)
  • Face coverings (paras 35-39)
  • Ventilation (paras 40-42)
  • Updated text on testing (paras 43-46)
  • Updated text on people who are shielding (paras 47-49)
  • Plans for phase 2 vaccine roll out (paras 50-55)
  • Updated text on remote learning (paras 56-59)
  • Update on plans for national qualification (paras 60-62)
  • Information for residential providers
  • removed chapters on: P1-3 return to school, senior phase practical tasks, employees/employers, school trips and communication

 

 


First published: 8 Mar 2021 Last updated: 8 Mar 2021 -