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19 May – Coronavirus – Daily update to all early years, children’s social care, schools and further education providers

Dear colleagues

Today’s DfE email includes updated guidance for education and childcare settings and managing school premises during the pandemic.

We continue to press DfE for specific planning guidance on specialist provision including additionally resourced provisions and further information on the proposals for secondary schools to re-open to Year 10 and 12 students.

Stay safe and well.

Kind Regards

Jared Nehra
Director of Education

Please see the below update from Department for Education on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Testing now available to anyone with symptoms of coronavirus
The government has announced that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible to book a test, ahead of the rollout of the test and trace service. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change, in their normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) can book a test.

A coronavirus test can be booked here:

Essential workers in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland, can apply for priority testing through GOV.?UK. A coronavirus test can be booked here:

Updated guidance on managing school premises during the coronavirus outbreak
We have updated our guidance on managing school premises during the coronavirus outbreak with information on preparing for the wider opening of schools, including guidance on water systems, ventilation, fire safety and cleaning.
The guidance can be found here:

Guidance on the wider opening of education and childcare settings
We have published guidance on our plans to open education and childcare settings to more children from 1 June, at the earliest.

Guidance on the actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June, at the earliest, can be found here:

Guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings can be found here:

Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people can be found here:

Department for Education coronavirus helpline – Monday 25 May Bank Holiday opening hours
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care.
Phone: 0800 046 8687
The helpline will remain open over the May Bank Holiday weekend for staff, parents and young people as follows:
10am to 4pm – Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Our standard opening hours will resume on Tuesday 26 May:
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline

Handwashing advice
It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.
The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.
Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home:

Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.?UK
All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can be found in one place on GOV.?UK at:


20 May 2020

Education Matters Team
Bromley Education Matters
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