COVID-19: Schools update... 1 July

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schools update

In today's update:

Have your say on draft Outbreak Control Plan

Yesterday the council published Cumbria's draft Outbreak Control Plan. The plan describes Cumbria's approach to managing outbreaks of Covid-19, including in schools. 

It is in 3 parts:

  • Part 1 describes the overall strategy and approach being taken
  • Part 2 sets out the detail of the operating procedures that each bit of the local system will follow
  • Part 3 lists key contact details that may be required by people responding to incidents and outbreaks.

Parts 1 and 2 are now open for public consultation.

Section 5 of Part 2: Operational Response relates specifically to responding to outbreaks in education settings.

People have until 31 July to provide feedback on the plan. In the interim the plan is live. 

Following review of consultation feedback a final plan will be adopted by Cumbria's Local Resilience Forum and will form part of the overall Cumbria Emergency Plan framework.

Full details of the county's approach to Outbreak Control can be found at

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Statement from Colin Cox, Cumbria's Director of Public Health

“Over 400 people have died in Cumbria as a resulted of COVID-19 infection. It has been the largest mass fatality event the county has seen since WWII.

“Because people have followed the rules, observed social distancing and taken steps to protect their communities, we now have a low rate of infection in the county.

“The evidence from elsewhere, in the UK and internationally, is that we must continue to be on our guard. This highly infectious disease has not been eradicated and could spread again quickly if we do not take precautions.

“We must balance this with the vital need to reopen our economy and other institutions and allow people to live their lives as normally as possible.

“But returning to how things were pre-COVID-19 is not possible if we want to prevent a second wave of infection, further damaging lockdowns and more deaths.

“To keep Cumbria safe, and our economy and schools open, it is critical that people continue to follow the rules – observe social distancing, practice good hygiene, wear face masks where appropriate, get tested if you have symptoms and self-isolate if necessary or if you are asked to by contact tracers.

“By all working together, following the approach set out in our Outbreak Control Plan, we can ensure Cumbria is COVID-secure and keep people safe.”

Changing focus from Friday

From Friday this communications bulletin will have a new look, reflecting the move to planning for the start of term in September and the summer break.

Friday's bulletin will provide an overview of the work now underway and follows the first meeting of the September Education Group on Tuesday this week. The group is chaired by Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, Cllr Sue Sanderson and involves system leaders from across the county.

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