Covid-19 Info 25th May
Request for feedback on the COVID-19 email updates and COVID-19 guidance
We would like to invite you to take part in a short survey to provide your feedback on the daily COVID-19 email updates and the COVID-19 related guidance that the Department for Education has published on GOV.UK. The survey is made up of 12 questions and will take approximately 5 – 10 minutes to complete.
We really value your feedback which will help us shape our approach to meet your needs.
Variants of Concern (VOC)
A variant of COVID-19 is classified as ‘of concern’ if there are signs it could:
· cause more harm
· be more easily transmitted
· escape immunity from previous infection or vaccinations
It can take weeks of research to establish this in newly identified Variants of Concern (VOC), which is why immediate action is needed to contain the spread.
In areas where VOCs are identified, local action is taken immediately to limit the spread and contain the variant. The more cases we find, the better chance we have of stopping it spreading.
Schools and colleges will be offered surge testing using PCR tests if they are in an area identified as having cases of a COVID-19 VOC. The Local Authority Director of Public Health is responsible for deciding the exact operational response under the contingency framework.
The same national guidance continues to apply in areas where new variants have been identified and education settings can remain open. All pupils and staff should continue to follow national guidance, including ‘hands, face, space, fresh air’.
We strongly encourage staff and students in areas of VOC to take a rapid self-test (LFD) test twice a week, even if you don’t have symptoms.
Last chance for your pupils to participate in The Big Ask
The Big Ask – the largest ever consultation with children in England – finishes this week. More than 500,000 children and young people, across thousands of schools, have had their say about what matters to them for their future. Does that include your pupils? This week is the last chance for your pupils to make their voices heard and tell the government what they need in order to have a better future. The survey closes on Friday 28 May.
It’s easy to help your pupils complete The Big Ask in lessons or form time. A range of teaching resources, including lesson plans and activity packs, has been produced to help teachers with this.
The information below has not changed since our last update
Department for Education COVID-19 helpline
The Department for Education COVID-19 helpline and the PHE Advice Service (option 1) is available to answer any questions you have about COVID-19 relating to education settings and children’s social care.
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm
Bank holiday opening hours:
Monday 31 May from 10am to 4pm
Please listen carefully to all of the available options before selecting the most appropriate option for your nursery, school, college or university.
Look up your unique organisation number (UON)
If you have not received your unique organisation number (UON) for ordering new COVID-19 test kits you can look it up using your unique reference number (URN) or your UK provider reference number (UKPRN) or by calling the Test and Trace helpdesk on 119.
Department for Education guidance
Our guidance to support education providers, local authorities and parents during the COVID-19 outbreak can be accessed using the links below: