Letter from Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director

Please refer to a letter from National Clinical Director, Professor Jason Leitch to all parents/carers of children in ELC settings and school age pupils.

This letter explains how cases of COVID-19 in childcare settings and schools are being managed, and how information that has been gathered since the start of term is helping to inform what arrangements need to be in place going forward. It refers to:

  • Levels of infection in younger people
  • Extending the universal offer of one dose of the vaccine to all 12 to 15 year olds
  • Advice for people with symptoms of COVID-19 is unchanged
  • Guidance on contact tracing
  • Continuation of lateral flow testing for secondary school children
  • Secondary school pupils to continue to wear face coverings
  • Other mitigations in schools to remain in place at least until the October holidays
Letter from Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director