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updated on 6 January 2022
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The DfE recommends you create a contingency plan that outlines what your school would do in response to a local outbreak of COVID-19. Download and adapt our template to save you time writing your own.

6 January 2022: we've updated our template for secondary schools to reflect the latest guidance on face coverings, to include:
  • Teachers not having to wear a face covering in the classroom if standing at the front of the class
  • Pupils being required to wear a face covering on both dedicated and public transport to and from school
We also reviewed our template for primary schools, which hasn't changed.

The DfE's latest contingency framework says schools should have an outbreak management plan describing what they would do in the case of an outbreak and/or if it is recommended that they reintroduce measures to help reduce COVID-19 transmission. The plan should be kept ‘robust and up to date’ (see the section 'Contingency planning' of the framework).

Make sure your plan follows current DfE guidance by downloading our template below.

Download our template 

The template is based on the DfE's contingency framework, which sets out measures that your school may consider taking, or be advised to take if there’s a local outbreak of COVID-19.

In the case of an outbreak, you will find out which measures your school is advised to take from:

  • Your local authority (LA)
  • Your local UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) health protection team
  • Your local director of public health 
  • The national government

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