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Coronavirus testing for pupils and staff: what you need to know and do
Find out what the current rules are for staff and pupil testing in schools, and what you 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
- Update your documents
Primary schools: twice-weekly testing for staff continues in January
Please note: this is a summary of the testing programme – to implement it in your school you'll also need to read the resources on the primary schools' document sharing platform.
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).
If you don't have one already, download an outbreak management plan template from this article.
Regular home testing for staff
Offer staff lateral flow tests to self-administer at home twice a
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