COVID-19 Testing for the Return of School Children

Testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within schools.

This week marks the reopening of certain schools within the city following the summer holidays. Whilst some measures have now been relaxed, it is important that staff and secondary pupils continue to test regularly, maintain appropriate cleaning regimes and keep occupied spaces well ventilated.

As pupils will potentially mix with lots of other people during the summer holidays, all secondary school pupils should receive two on-site lateral flow device tests, three to five days apart, on their return in the Autumn 2021 term. Settings may commence testing from three working days before the start of term and can stagger return of pupils across the first week to manage this. Pupils should then continue to test twice weekly at home until the end of September.

Staff should also undertake twice weekly home tests whenever they are on site until the end of September, when there will be a full review of testing within schools.

If you need to visit a local pop-up asymptomatic testing site, all information can be found on the council website. As always, you can order lateral flow tests straight to your home by visiting the government website.