There are two types of testing outlined in the how-to guide’:
- Initial mass testing: two lateral flow device (LFD) tests three to five days apart for pupils currently attending secondary schools
- 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.