Guidance for schools on the NHS Covid-19 app

30 Sep 2020

The government launched the NHS Covid-19 app last week designed to complement (not replace) the NHS Test and Trace process. In addition, the app is not designed to replace the flowchart process for schools on dealing with a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus.

The NHS Covid-19 app is designed for anyone aged 16 or over who lives in England or Wales, and has a number of features:

  • Trace: find out when you've been near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Alert: lets you know the level of coronavirus risk in your postcode district.
  • Check-in: get alerted if you've visited a venue where you may have come into contact with coronavirus, using a simple QR code scanner.
  • Symptoms: check if you have coronavirus symptoms and see if you need to order a test.
  • Test: helps you order a test if you need to.
  • Isolate: keep track of your self-isolation countdown and access relevant advice.

The government issued guidance on the use of the NHS COVID-19 app in schools and further education colleges. Schools should read this guidance, especially the required actions around understanding the apps features and how it may be used by schools.

Where schools are involved with evening, weekend or holiday period lettings or hosting events with external guests such as a student art show for example, the app has a check-in feature which allows users to ‘check-in’ on their app by scanning that code. The information stays on the user’s phone. It provides the user with a ‘digital diary’ of where they have been which can support contact tracing if they develop coronavirus and also means that app users can receive public health advice if necessary if they might have come into contact with coronavirus at a venue they have visited. Schools can create a free NHS QR poster online.

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Last updated: 30 Sep 2020

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