COVID-19 testing in schools

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COVID-19 home testing of staff in primary schools  

The DfE has confirmed that primary schools and maintained nursery schools should expect to receive a delivery of home testing kits between 18 and 22 January for testing of staff. Further support and guidance on how to use the tests will follow shortly.

If you have not received a delivery by close on 22 January, or have missing or damaged items, please complete this contact form. You will need the URN for your school or college to complete this form.

You do not need to start any testing before the week commencing 25 January.

Primary schools with attached early years settings will receive sufficient test kits to test both their primary and early years staff. Maintained nursery schools will also receive testing kits to offer to their staff. Private early years providers will continue to be prioritised for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing through the NHS testing programme.

We are urgently seeking more information about this and will share more details as soon as we can.  

Lateral flow testing kits to secondary schools – delivery update   

The DfE has published an updated delivery schedule which you can check if you think you missed a delivery.  According to the DfE the initial kit deliveries contained sufficient materials to test all pupils twice and staff for two weeks (the ‘initial testing’) and information will be coming out soon on how to order additional kits.   

Rapid testing incident reporting  

The DfE wants to remind schools to report any incident that interrupts, or has the potential to interrupt, testing. If issues on site are local, such as damaged packaging, missing components or you can’t open your test site, then they should be reported using the asymptomatic testing for coronavirus in schools and colleges incident reporting form.  

Incidents which require escalation, such as a device which is damaged or breaks during use, any concerns about the performance of a specific testing kit, if injury occurs, or any other serious incident takes place, these should be reported to the Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline by calling 0800 046 8687.