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Updated Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from Covid-19


As of 1st April 2021, the government advised that those who are clinically extremely vulnerable no longer need to shield. Further information is available here.

Those who are extremely clinically vulnerable should have received letters from the Government with guidance on steps they can take to reduce their risk of contracting Covid-19.  This includes continuing to maintain strict social distancing and keeping their overall social contacts at low levels, such as working from home where possible.


Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals should therefore continue to work from home if possible.


However, we realise that due to the nature of working in school, this may not always be possible. If individuals are required to come into school, the below should be followed and the school should previously have been assessed as Covid-secure as per Government guidance.


  • You will conduct a risk assessment with the employee to mitigate Covid-19 risks.
  • Social distancing of 2 metres will be implemented and if this is not always possible the risk assessment will identify mitigations to put in place to reduce any risk, such as the wearing of face coverings and/or PPE.  
  • If the risk assessment identifies a need for PPE as a measure to mitigate risk this should be provided as a reasonable adjustment (whether social distancing is possible or not).
  • On-going safety and hygiene measures put in place will continue and should be followed, including regular thorough handwashing for at least 20 seconds and well ventilated classrooms and work spaces.


If the risk assessment cannot effectively identify ways to mitigate risks to clinically extremely vulnerable individuals and they cannot work from home, they should be offered alternative on-site roles in environments assessed as Covid-secure as per Government guidance, staying 2 metres away from others.  


You can find an updated copy of the HR related COVID FAQs here.

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