Infection Control and Health and Safety

In these unprecedented times the successful implementation of the Portsmouth Education Strategy in 2020/21 is dependent on how local areas and schools manage the risk of infection to ensure outbreaks are tackled effectively in order to minimise disruption to children and young people’s education in the city beyond that due to national lockdowns.

This page brings together key information for schools and other education partners about infection control and health and safety in relation to coronavirus.

Information for parents and families is published on the Portsmouth City Council website.

Work in this area is led by the Infection Control and Health and Safety Group, which brings together Public Health, health and safety colleagues, head teachers from Portsmouth’s LA maintained schools and academies and other education partners. The core purpose of this group is to ensure that all stakeholders have clear and consistent information on how to minimise the risk of infection in schools, and what to do in the event of a possible or confirmed cases in a school.

Minutes of the health and safety meetings are available to Portsmouth headteachers here.


Portsmouth City Council should be notified of all confirmed cases amongst staff or pupils in school using the [email protected] email. This address can also be used by schools for other general coronavirus-related enquiries.

Where the full or partial closure of the school is being considered, or where immediate advice or support from PCC is needed, the council should be contacted by phone on 023 9284 1717.

The DFE helpline (0800 046 8687) provides a useful first point of contact for general school queries about coronavirus, including questions about asymptomatic testing of staff or pupils.

Where a school has several confirmed cases or is concerned about a potential outbreak situation (i.e. that transmission is happening within the school) Public Health should be on 0344 225 3861 (0844 967 0082 out of hours).

The DFE guidance for schools on coronavirus is updated regularly.

The latest coronavirus information for Portsmouth is published weekly on the Portsmouth City Council website.

To request additional PPE supplies for schools email [email protected]. (A charge may be made for some items.)