Friday 11th September
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Should governing boards hold meetings remotely when gathering of more than six people are disallowed?
From Monday 14 September 2020, social gatherings of more than six people are being banned in England. This has led to questions of whether this means governing board meetings should be held remotely rather than face-to-face.
There is currently no government guidance on this matter, so we contacted the DfE directly for clarity.
The DfE said that as there is no official guidance, there is no definitive answer on whether meetings should be held remotely or face-to-face. The DfE did, however, say that in line with the new rules on gatherings of over six people, if a board meeting would be attended by more than six people, then it should be held remotely.
Our query to the DfE has been escalated, meaning that the government should release guidance on this matter shortly. We will update this article as soon as we know more – add it to your ‘Watch list’ to be notified when anything changes.
DfE (2020) (Telephone communication regarding whether governing board meetings should be held virtually) [Personal communication: 9 September 2020]