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 10. 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 is expected today from PHE. According to The Times:

Public Health England (PHE) is today expected to publish guidance clarifying that schools where a staff member or pupil is suspected of having the virus do not need to close. They will say that 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.

The organisation is expected to say that “until the outcome of test results is known, there is no action that staff members need to take”.

It is understood that the advice will not depart from PHE’s original position, but will clarify it, partly for the benefit of staff members who are asked by parents what they should do if a suspected case arises.

Until then, the latest official government advice can be found here.

The government has also released the following which may be of interest to members: Coronavirus immigration guidance if you’re unable to return to China from the UK.

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