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updated on 12 January 2022
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Find out what the current rules are for staff and pupil testing in schools, and what your schools should do to prepare for future changes.

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).

If you don't have one already, download an outbreak management plan template from this article.

Regular home testing for staff

Primary schools, including school-based nurseries and maintained nursery schools, should:

  • Offer staff lateral flow tests to self-administer at home twice a week, 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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