Coronavirus testing for schools and colleges from January
Today we have announced that from January teachers and pupils will have access to rapid testing to help keep schools and colleges open throughout the spring term.
From January, and starting with secondary schools, including all special schools and alternative provision, the education workforce will be eligible for weekly on the spot tests. This will help identify asymptomatic cases – which make up a third of all cases – limiting the spread of the virus. This will be backed up by daily testing for staff who have been in close contact with a positive case therefore eliminating the need for self-isolation; allowing them to continue to come into school or college.
Students and pupils will be eligible for daily testing if they have been in close contact with a positive case.
Detailed operational guidance and training materials are available to secondary schools and colleges so they are able to use the new testing capacity from the first week of the spring term.