Community Testing in schools - Public Health Dorset

Community Testing in schools

Testing for pupils, staff and households with children in school

Local schools will begin to welcome pupils back to face to face teaching from Monday 8 March, with appropriate testing in place to help keep pupils, staff and families safe. The following people will have access to regular rapid lateral flow testing as schools reopen:

  • secondary school pupils and college students
  • staff of primary and secondary schools, nurseries and colleges
  • households, childcare and support bubbles of nursery children, primary and secondary-age pupils and college students (all households with children of school age can now get two rapid COVID-19 tests per person per week)
  • households, childcare and support bubbles of staff of nurseries, primary and secondary schools, and colleges

Children of primary school age or younger will not be asked to test at this time.

Secondary school pupils should be having LFD tests at home using a home testing kit provided by their school.

Children and staff identified by schools as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case, are advised to also take a PCR test from local test centres. If the result is negative, they should complete the recommended self-isolation period and must not attend school before the end date.

All adults (including childcare and support bubbles) can get a twice-weekly LFD tests:

More information on testing, including search tools to find your nearest collection point for home kits

New COVID-19 LFD testing
Information about lateral flow device testing for families with school aged children.

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