Coronavirus (COVID-19) legal advice & FAQs for schools

Coronavirus has now been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation with one in five UK employees expected to be absent from work during the virus’s ‘peak weeks’.

This general advice covers the key legal implications for schools please find the range of areas in the left hand menu (or above if you are on your mobile phone).

If you are an independent school please see our additional guidance for independent schools.

If you need formal legal advice regarding your school please contact the Stone King colleagues named on our web pages. Stone King staff have full remote access and we are operating business as usual, and will continue to support our clients fully through the Covid-19 pandemic


Government Guidance

The UK Government has published guidance in its ‘Covid-19 Action Plan’, which sets out a four-stage plan for tackling the epidemic.

If you need to check current DfE guidance, refer to the ‘Covid-19: guidance for education settings’ on the Department for Education website here.

Risk assessments should be in place to cover the risk of Coronavirus to your school community, particularly those with health conditions, and how these risks may be managed and mitigated. Risk assessments should have regard to Government general advice and guidance and currently should be reviewed daily.

The law and practice referred to in this article has been paraphrased or summarised. It might not be up-to-date with changes in the law and we do not guarantee the accuracy of any information provided at the time of reading. It should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice in relation to a specific set of circumstances.

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