Watton-at-Stone Primary and Nursery School

Rectory Lane, Watton-At-Stone, Hertfordshire, SG14 3SG

01920 830233


COVID Outbreak Management Plan


The Government has made it a National priority that education and childcare settings should continue to
operate as normally as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is emphasis on the serious
impacts of having missed education during the pandemic for young people. The Government’s guiding
principle is that ‘In all cases, any benefits in managing transmission should be weighed against any
educational drawbacks.’
The DfE’s published COVID Contingency Framework states that schools should have an “outbreak
management plan”, outlining how they would operate if any of the measures described in the guidance
were recommended for their setting or area. Measures affecting education and childcare may be necessary
in some circumstances, for example:
● to help manage a COVID-19 outbreak within a setting
● if there is extremely high prevalence of COVID-19in the community and other measures have
failed to reduce transmission
● as part of a package of measures responding to a Variant of Concern (VoC)
In these cases, the Guidance also states that councils, directors of public health and Public Health
England health protection teams can recommend certain measures for individual schools or clusters of
settings. If there is a need to address more wide spread issues across an area, “ministers will take decisions
on an area-by-area basis”. This plan should be read alongside the latest guidance for education settings
operating during COVID (this is not an exhaustive list and these documents change frequently so the
reader should check they have the most up to date guidance).