To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of CO2 monitors offered to youth clubs; and what proportion of those monitors are still to be delivered.
13 January 2022
The department has now delivered over 353,000 CO2 monitors to over 99% of eligible maintained schools, further education colleges, and the majority of early years providers. Special schools and alternative provision education providers were prioritised, given their higher than average number of vulnerable pupils. Deliveries to these providers are now complete. Final deliveries to providers will be made shortly.
All education providers should receive approximately one CO2 monitor per two teaching rooms. The monitors are portable and so they can be moved around to test their full estate. Feedback from education providers is that they are finding the monitors helpful to manage ventilation and, in the majority of settings, existing ventilation measures are sufficient.
The private sector is autonomous, and it is up to individual providers to decide on whether they want to purchase CO2 monitors. There is no mandate from government to do so. Youth clubs were not included in the rollout of CO2 monitors as youth clubs are autonomous and able to determine their own arrangements to keep young people and staff as safe as possible.
Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, the department has emphasised the importance of ventilation and had supplied guidance to education providers on ventilation requirements.