DfE tells schools to prepare for return of on-site Covid testing in September
In a letter sent to education leaders, seen by Schools Week, Schools Minister Nick Gibb states the government wants schools to “be prepared for all scenarios, including testing on return after the summer holidays.”
The letter states: “Given the uncertainties around the Covid situation we will face in the autumn, we want to help schools and colleges to be prepared for all scenarios, including testing on return after the summer holidays.
“We will therefore provide all schools and colleges with refreshed guidance, test kits, and PPE so that they can be ready to stand up on-site Asymptomatic Test Sites (ATS) from the start of the autumn term. We expect to be able to confirm the position alongside announcements on Step 4”.
Prime minister Boris Johnson has said it is “very likely” people will be able to return to “pretty much life before Covid” on July 19.
Tests will start to be delivered from June 29 and information on delivery schedule and refreshed guidance is now available for schools on the “document sharing platform”.
If you are a school looking for support in the administration of the testing process or a candidate interested in completing assignments as part of a school Covid Teams please contact your local office.