Schools to be told to ‘stay open’ even if they suspect coronavirus

Schools do not need to close or send staff and pupils home if there is a suspected case of coronavirus, Public Health England (PHE) will advise.

PHE is expected to issue new guidance to schools on Monday saying no restrictions or special control measures are needed while tests for Covid-19 are carried out on a suspected case.

If a case of the virus is confirmed, then health protection teams will speak to the headteacher and action will be taken.

The new guidance comes a week after at least seven schools in Brighton, Hove and Eastbourne were understood to have told parents either a staff member or pupil had been advised to stay at home for 14 days by PHE.

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