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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 will be asked to take their first three tests at their place of study supervised by a trained operator, and their fourth test themselves using a home test kit. Pupils will then continue taking twice-weekly tests using a home test kit provided by their school.

Members of households, childcare or support bubbles of school staff and pupils (excluding secondary school pupils, and primary and secondary school staff, who should take tests provided by their school) can get a twice-weekly test as follows:

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.