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Covid-19:The End of School Bubbles

The Education Secretary has stated that the school isolation system has caused some disruptions to many children. School education bubbles to end in England and pupils will only need to self-isolate if they test positive for Covid-19 from 16th August.

  • Mask wearing and social distancing also ended on 16th July as part of the lockdown easing.
  • This article aims to address any questions you may have regarding the easing of lockdown restrictions and provide you with useful links and accessible support and guidance on how the new lifting of restrictions may affect you and your child. 

What are School Bubbles?

School bubbles were first started at the start of the pandemic which set out to place a limited number of children in it, and when inside, the classrooms were set out with social distancing rules.  Within the school bubble system, there are zones for outside play, one way system and lunch was brought to the classroom. Bubbles do not mix and are categorised through their year groups; they learn, work and only play together within their designated bubble.

How does its end affect you and your child?

The end of the school bubble means that all of the restrictions and strict rules, as stated above, are completely lifted and that students can now learn, work and play together outside of their bubbles from 19th July, and that from the 16th August pupils will no longer have to self-isolate if they are close contact of someone who tests positive for Covid-19.

Key points: What happens after the 19th July?

  • Schools will no longer need to stagger start and finish times.
  • Children who are contacted by Track and Trace as being contact of someone who has tested positive will be advised to take PCR Test. www.gov.get-cornovirus-test-link
  • Secondary and college pupils will have to take two tests on-site at the start of autumn term and continue to take two tests a week at home until the end of September.

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[Image Description: Classroom with primary school pupils watching girl classmate present a poster and with boy class mate with their hand raised to ask a question.]

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Posted 24th August 2021