COVID testing – clarification from DfE


There are two types of testing outlined in the how-to guide’:

  1. Initial mass testing: two lateral flow device (LFD) tests three to five days apart for pupils currently attending secondary schools
  1. Ongoing and series testing: daily testing for the ‘close contacts’ of a confirmed case.


The DfE has confirmed that the plan is now to test staff, vulnerable children and children of critical workers – two tests, three to five days apart – followed by:

  • weekly testing for all staff
  • daily close contact testing for those pupils attending secondary schools during the national restrictions period.

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