The Covid control system in England’s schools, where groups of pupils have to self-isolate if one tests positive, could be scrapped in the autumn.
Ministers are looking at asking schools to introduce daily testing instead. Official figures showed that in England alone this month, 172,000 children were self-isolating having potentially been in contact with a positive case in school.
The policy, which sees children sent home for 10 days if they are classed as a close contact of a confirmed case, was established last September – well before the vaccines were rolled out. Currently, for every one confirmed case there are more than 20 pupils isolating at home as a precaution.
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