Covid measures relaxed in Guernsey schools

  • Guernsey's Education Director Nick Hynes says they will consider getting rid of masks in the next few weeks if cases continue to drop

Changes have been made to Covid-19 measures in Guernsey schools.

From Monday 17 January classroom bubbles are being removed and school-run extra-curricular clubs and activities will resume, as well as on-island trips from one school to another.

The island's Education Department has decided it is "the right time" to relax measures, following the CCA’s announcement to reduce testing requirements at the borders (12 January).

Students in secondary and post-16 education are being asked to take daily lateral flow tests before attending lessons.

Staff in education are also asked to take daily tests.

Meanwhile primary students are being asked to take lateral flow tests on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays before going to school.

Face masks in the classrooms are still "expected" but remain compulsory in communal areas.

The government has said that the easing of measures will allow students and staff to return to a more "normal" educational experience, which has been affected by working in bubbles.

Guernsey's Director of Education, Nick Hynes welcomes the easing of measures in education settings, explaining that introducing measures for the start of term has allowed them to ease back next week.

"The start of term has been successful in terms of our core priority of minimising disruption to young people’s education, but we’re happy that the positive signs seen across the community with case numbers falling means these relaxations can come into effect on Monday."