Dear members

This advice is issued by BSA in conjunction with our partners AEGIS and BAISIS and should be read in conjunction with the previous update on February 17. BSA reminds all schools that it is not a medical or legal authority and that this advice must be read in that context.

Specific advice for schools was updated on February 18, by Public Health England (PHE), clarifying that schools where a staff member or pupil is suspected of having the virus do not need to close. PHE maintains there should be no restrictions while laboratory tests for Covid-19 are being carried out, and that there is no need to send other children or staff home. They also clarified that “until the outcome of test results is known, there is no action that staff members need to take”.

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