Covid-19 Testing in Schools & Colleges from January.

Covid-19 Testing in Schools & Colleges from January.

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Posted  17th December 2020
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) asymptomatic testing in schools and colleges.

Beginning in January testing will be made available to all members of staff, all pupils and students in schools and colleges. Testing, along with other infection prevention and control measures such as social distancing, can ensure pupils are given the best chance of face to face education. From January, rapid-result tests will be provided to schools and colleges, starting with secondary schools and FE colleges, including special schools and alternative provision:
  • for the school and college workforce to conduct weekly testing - this will help identify those who are carrying the virus without displaying symptoms, reducing the risk of transmission.
  • for students and pupils, as well as the school and college workforce to conduct daily testing for those identified as close contacts of workforce colleagues, students or pupils that have tested positive - this ensures that they do not need to isolate and are able to continue to benefit from high quality, face to face education.
For every group, testing is voluntary, but those who are eligible for tests are strongly encouraged to participate to reduce the risk of transmission within schools and colleges. In line with routine infection control practice, close contacts who decide not to be tested daily will need to self-isolate in line with the Government's Stay at home guidance for households.. Read the full article here.

As this is our last blog for 2020, all the MIS Team would like to thank you all for your continued support throughout the year and wish you and your loved one's a Happy and Safe 2021!

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