Boris Johnson’s plans to scrap all Covid restrictions, including the need to self-isolate after testing positive, risk causing chaos in schools without clear guidance.

Headteachers fear that, once again, they will be left high and dry with little advance warning if guidance is issued ahead of the proposed lifting of restrictions – and it is still an “if”.

The prime minister announced last week that he hopes to lift all restrictions early – on February 24 – sparking warnings from some scientists that he was moving too quickly and sending a dangerous signal that the pandemic had ended.

The move could also leave schools having to decide upon their own approach to pupils and staff who test positive. Education unions have called for guidance and “absolute clarity of messaging” from ministers.

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