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Coronavirus testing for pupils and staff: what you need to know and do
Find out how staff and pupil testing will work for the rest of the autumn term, and what you need to do to prepare for the Christmas holidays and the return to school in January.
- Primary schools: home testing for staff for remainder of the autumn term
- Christmas holidays and returning to primary school in January
- FAQs for primary schools
- Secondary schools: home testing for the remainder of the autumn term
- Christmas and January: test all returning pupils once on-site, and once at-home
- FAQs for secondary schools
- Responding to test results or symptoms
- When to seek public health advice
- Update your documents
Primary schools: home testing for staff for remainder of the autumn term
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.
For primary schools, including school-based nurseries and maintained nursery schools, you should:
- Offer staff lateral flow device coronavirus tests (read more about these below) to self-administer at home twice a week, 3 to 4 days apart, as long as they're attending in person
- Strongly encourage them to participate in testing, though it's not mandatory
Staff should take the test in the morning before they go to work. If they're part-time, they should test throughout the week, and if they've been on leave, test at the start of
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