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updated on 11 January 2022
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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

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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