Education Settings Information: Coronavirus

Public Information: Coronavirus

Page last updated 27.03.2020

Government announced all schools would close from Friday 20 March to all children except those of key workers and the most vulnerable children. For more details please click here.

DfE COVID-19 Guidance for Education settings:

  • staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others
  • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home
  • clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products
  • supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues
  • posters and lesson plans on general hand hygiene can be found on the eBug website

For the latest information about Coronavirus see This page is updated regularly and includes details about symptoms, answers to questions and links to further information.


Education staff can help pupils and students to stop germs spreading in the classroom with fun lesson plans on handwashing from Public Health England.

DfE Coronavirus Helpline

There is a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687


Opening hours: 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday / 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday

School Hubs

The majority of Sunderland schools remain open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers, and from Monday 30 March some schools with small pupil numbers will operate as Hubs – please click here for details.




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