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Coronavirus testing for pupils and staff: what you need to know
Find out what the current rules are for staff and pupil testing in schools, and what your school should do to prepare for future changes.
- Primary schools: twice-weekly testing for staff continues in January
- Secondary schools: twice-weekly testing for staff and pupils continues in January
- Special schools: additional guidance for pupils who can't self-swab
- Responding to test results or symptoms
- When to seek public health advice
- Schools should update their documents
As a governor, you're not expected to do anything at this time.
Running your school's testing programme is an operational task.
Primary schools: twice-weekly testing for staff continues in January
Returning to school in January
At the start of term, staff should have taken:
- 1 lateral flow test at home, the evening before, or morning of, their return to school
- 1 lateral flow test at home, 3 to 4 days after that
After the initial 2 tests, staff should continue twice-weekly testing according to government guidance. They should also be prepared to test more frequently if asked to do so (for example, if there's a local outbreak).
Regular home testing for staff
Primary schools, including school-based nurseries and maintained nursery schools, should:
- Offer lateral flow tests to staff as long as they're attending in person
- Strongly encourage them to participate in testing, though it's not mandatory
Should test themselves at home twice a week, 3 to 4 days apart Should report their results
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