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Public health (COVID-19)

This page is no longer being updated. Please refer to the Government website for the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and guidance.


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Updated 22 June 2021

Education settings need to be familiar with the most current flowchart which sets out when to use the DfE Helpline and also PHE SW HPT where there is possible or confirmed cases including outbreaks.

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Download the guidance for childcare and educational settings flowchart (PDF) [1MB]

Please note reference to the Action Card in the flow chart  has been superseded by advice to use the guidance found on the GOV.UK website.

Please continue to inform Plymouth City Council of a confirmed case / multiple cases.

In these circumstances you can ask for support from the Council and / or the Council will offer advice and support.

PCR testing

PCR testing is now available for close contacts of confirmed cases. We are therefore encouraging the PCR testing of close contacts to enable rapid identification of asymptomatic cases and to enable timely sequencing of positive contacts. Read more about PCR testing for close contacts.


How to get in touch

Plymouth City Council's Public Health Team is available during normal working hours Monday to Friday. Email or call 01752 308634.

School / education setting leaders are encouraged to submit any questions about practice or information in this guide to:

Public Health Webinars return 

Public Health England South West Health Protection Team have set up additional COVID-19 educational setting webinars for any educational setting to attend.

The sessions will cover infection prevention principles and then discuss scenarios to illustrate this.

If you would like to attend, the webinars will be run on selected dates that are listed on our Eventbrite page

Please register for a ticket on the date that you would like to attend. Registering for a ticket is free, it does not cost anything to attend these webinars.

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join. On the day of your webinar another email containing a copy of the presentation for you to access will be sent out.

If you have any difficulties, you can contact the South West Health Protection Team on 0300 303 8162 or via email contact

Supporting children's social and emotional wellbeing as they return to school

Social & emotional learning (or SEL) is an essential part of every child's education. And it is widely recognised that a focus on emotional wellbeing and relationships will be critical to children's ability to re-engage and learn when they go back to school following the COVID-19 lockdown. Download useful guides and resources on the Early Intervention Foundation website

If you have any questions or feedback about these pages please email

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