Covid-19 school guidance for parents and carers

Last updated: Friday 4 March 2022

On 21 February, the Prime Minister set out the next phase of the government’s Covid-19 response.

Covid-19 continues to be a virus that we learn to live with and the imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education remains.

Asymptomatic testing

Since 21 February, staff and pupils in mainstream secondary schools have no longer been expected to continue taking part in regular asymptomatic testing and should follow asymptomatic testing advice for the general population. Further guidance on testing is available on the NHS website.

Face coverings

Face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors in classrooms or communal areas.

Staff and pupils should follow wider advice on face coverings outside of school, including on transport to and from school.

Contacts of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19

Public health advice for people with Covid-19 and their contacts changed from 24 February. Contacts are no longer required to self-isolate or advised to take daily tests, and contact tracing has ended.


The government recommend all school staff and eligible pupils take up the offer of a vaccine.

You can find out more about the in-school Covid-19 vaccination programme for children and young people.

Further information about vaccinations for 5 - 15-year-olds is also available on our vaccinations page.

Additional information for parents and carers

For further information about early years providers, schools and colleges and SEND settings, please see the government's updated guidance. 

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