Covid Update – Schools

As you’ll be aware, the Prime Minister recently announced the ending of many Covid measures, against the advice of scientists and school leaders.

UNISON has written to all schools asking them to continue recommending regular testing for all school staff and secondary pupils – tests remain free till 1 April. Staff and pupils in specialist SEND settings, Alternative Provision, and SEND units in mainstream schools are already advised by the government to continue regular twice-weekly testing (see DfE SEND guidance). We have also reminded schools to update their risk assessment and any individual risk assessments to consider and mitigate any new risks, particularly to vulnerable pupils and staff, including those who are pregnant.

Public health (UKHSA) and Department for Education (DfE) advice remains to isolate if you test positive or have Covid symptoms, and you should receive full pay while isolating. If you are a contact of a positive case within a household, advice from the DfE and UKHSA is to work from home if you are able.

Please contact the branch if you have any concerns.