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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 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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