Government guidance on schools reopening and COVID-19 testing
Following the government announcement of its 4-phase ‘roadmap’ to easing national lockdown guidelines in England, further details have been released on COVID-19 testing when schools and other educational and childcare settings reopen in March.
All primary and secondary school pupils will return to school from Monday 8 March with a number of guidelines that have been put in place.
- All primary school children will return on Monday 8 March with staff taking two rapid Covid-19 tests each week at home
- Secondary school and college students will take three Covid-19 tests as they return to the classroom from Monday 8 March at existing school testing facilities. Individual schools will provide parents with more information on this.
- Following this, students will be provided with two rapid tests a week to use at home
- Secondary school and college staff will be provided with two tests to use each week at home
- Childcare for primary and secondary pupils before and after school will resume from Monday 8 March so parents can access work, education or medical care.
- From Monday 22 March, staff at private, voluntary and independent nurseries will take Covid-19 tests twice weekly at home. Testing is already available for maintained nursery schools and school-based nurseries. Childminders can continue to access community testing.
Further guidance can be found at GOV.UK (external link).
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