St John's School

Updates to COVID-19 guidance in education and childcare settings.

Friday, 22 April 2022

Updates to COVID-19 guidance in education and childcare settings.

From Monday 25 April, Public Health guidance will see the removal of mask wearing and
class/year group bubbles in all education and childcare settings.

From Monday 9 May, two weeks after the return to school, Public Health guidance will reduce
the lateral flow testing frequency from daily to twice weekly. Until then, pupils and staff are
recommended to continue testing daily before going to school or nursery.

Other Public Health guidance such as enhanced hygiene measures and ventilation will remain.
The option of reintroducing measures, including mask wearing, bubbles, and visitor restrictions,
on a local level by school or year group will remain if there is evidence of escalating COVID-19
disruption and risk.

Competent Authority Ministers will be reviewing the legal requirement to isolate, following its
extension last month, based on the latest public health intelligence. Until further information is
announced, all Islanders must continue to isolate if they receive a positive PCR test result or are
waiting for a PCR test. For more information, visit:

Minister for Education, Deputy Scott Wickenden, said: “I am pleased that we are in a position to
reduce COVID-19 measures in education and childcare settings, in line with guidance for the
wider community. The updated policy follows consultation with the Deputy Medical Officer for
Health, Public Health officials, and briefings with CYPES stakeholders have also taken place.
“I would like to give thanks to schools and nurseries for all their hard work and commitment
throughout the pandemic. Staff and students have had to adapt massively over the past two
years, and although the pandemic is not over, it is an important step forward as we reduce
measures and move forward to a new normal, allowing students and young people to enjoy
greater freedoms.”

Deputy Medical Officer for Health, Dr Ivan Muscat: “Following the decreased incidence in cases
on Island and within school age cohorts, it is proportionate to reduce the measures in place in
schools and other education settings.

“I’d like to thank parents, teachers, and students for their continued support to keep the spread
of COVID-19 at a minimum within education settings. In the first 2 weeks following the return
from the Easter break, students are encouraged to continue with daily LFTs. Thereafter, Public
Health guidance will be reducing the frequency of LFT testing to twice weekly.

“I would also like to encourage parents and carers to review the information about vaccination
for children if they have not already done so and consider getting their child vaccinated against
COVID-19 to protect them against future variants and waves of infection. Even if your child has
previously been infected with COVID-19, it is still very important to consider vaccination as this
will ensure they have the best possible protection. Vaccination has been the key tool to get us to
the stage we are at now and keeping up to date with the vaccination programme will continue
to keep us safe.”