Keeping schools safe from Coronavirus

Yesterday the Education Secretary announced that staff and students in every secondary school and college across England will have access to rapid coronavirus testing from January to help keep them as safe as possible and, crucially in education.

  • It has taken a phenomenal effort to ensure 99 per cent of schools have been open since the start of term, and this expansion of rapid testing marks a milestone moment in our work to keep schools and colleges open for all.
  • From next month, as part of an initial rollout, staff and students will be eligible for daily testing if they have been a close contact of someone who has tested positive, helping end the need for those in the same school bubble to self-isolate if someone develops coronavirus symptoms. 
  • Testing on this scale brings real benefits to education, by enabling more children, teachers and staff to stay in the classroom and further minimising disruption to our young people’s studies.


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