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Last reviewed on 20 August 2021
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The DfE recommends you create a contingency plan that outlines what your school would do to respond to a local outbreak of COVID-19. Download and adapt our template to save you time writing your own.

20 August 2021: we updated our templates to reflect the latest contingency framework for schools.

For both primary and secondary schools, we added:

  • Positive coronavirus case thresholds and actions you should consider taking if they're met
  • Details about seeking public health advice
  • Information about communicating with parents, carers, staff and pupils when control measures are introduced
  • Information about caring for vulnerable pupils taking part in remote education

For both primary and secondary schools, we removed:

  • Specific year groups to be prioritised during restricted attendance. Priority now goes to vulnerable pupils and the children of critical care workers only

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 page 9 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 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 recommended to take from:

  • Your local authority
  • Your local Public Health England health protection team
  • Your local director of public health 
  • The national government

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