Last reviewed on 6 October 2022
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Prepare for emergencies by making sure your school has an emergency plan detailing how you'll respond to various significant incidents, including an outbreak of acute respiratory disease.

All schools should have an emergency plan

Your focus in creating this plan (also called a critical incident plan) should be on:

  • Minimising disruption to pupils’ education
  • Maximising the number of pupils receiving face-to-face provision
  • Helping staff respond effectively to an emergency on site or during an educational visit

This is explained on page 5 of the DfE’s non-statutory emergency planning and response guidance.

You must also comply with legal requirements, including health and safety law, and statutory requirements.

You're no longer required to have a separate COVID-19 management plan

The updated guidance links to the UK Health Security Agency's (UKHSA) guidance on health protection in education and childcare settings, which