Dear Colleagues,

Yesterday (January 20), Public Health England published a position statement regarding daily contact testing in schools from PHE and NHS Test and Trace.

The key recommendations included in this statement are:

In light of this changing situation, we now recommend that the rollout of daily contact testing within schools is paused, other than for schools involved in further evaluation. This will enable the further detailed evaluation of changing circumstances including, potentially, lower infection rates and modelling work required to understand the benefits of daily contact testing in the this new phase of the pandemic.

Schools should continue to test their staff regularly (twice-weekly where possible, in line with recommendations for other workforces that need to leave the home to work) and test pupils twice upon return to school, as has been the case since the start of January.

To read a copy of the full PHE statement, please click here.

Gavin Williamson also released a statement yesterday, you can read the full message from the education secretary 

The BSA is working closely with the Independent Schools Council (ISC) and all member associations to provide schools with advice and guidance in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19). However, please note that the BSA nor the other associations referenced are medical, statutory or legal authorities and advice must be read in that context.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact the BSA Team via email or telephone.

Best wishes,

The BSA Team
T. +44 (0)207 798 1580