On 20 January 2021 the government issued a Position Statement regarding daily contact testing in schools from PHE and NHS Test and Trace which outlined that the rollout of daily contact testing within schools is paused, other than for schools involved in further evaluation.
This means that until further notice, close contacts of a confirmed case within a secondary setting – school, college or alternative provider are required to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of last contact and the daily lateral flow device testing for a 7 day period should not be used as an alternative to self-isolation. All guidance documents previously issued with respect to lateral flow device testing in secondary settings should be used with this in mind.
The Government has provided links to the following webinars. Recordings may be accessed through the links after the events and can be viewed anonymously without a Microsoft Teams login.
- Secondary settings and colleges: Site set up, equipment, supplies, logistics and waste management
- Secondary settings and colleges: Workforce and training, consent, and engagement
- Secondary settings and colleges: Clinical compliance, incidents, outbreaks and recording results
Connected with the webinars, the government has also shared this folder of relevant information: Google Drive - Lateral Flow Device Testing for secondary settings and colleges.
Lateral flow testing webinar
Lateral flow device testing - briefing for schools
- GOV.UK - Schools and childcare settings: return in January 2021
- GOV.UK - Mass asymptomatic testing: schools and colleges
- NHS Test and Trace - COVID-19 National Testing Programme: Schools & Colleges handbook
- Coronavirus - Community testing
- Coronavirus - Children and families
- GOV.UK - Mass asymptomatic testing in specialist settings