Coronavirus: Schools

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th November 2020.

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Photo of Fleur Anderson Fleur Anderson Labour, Putney

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has provided to schools on managing and administering tests for covid-19.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

As part of the Government's commitment to reopening schools, all schools in England have been provided with a small number of home testing kits to be offered in the exceptional circumstance that a school believes a pupil or staff member will not get a test by another route.

All schools were provided with an initial supply of kits ahead of the start of the new school year, and schools are now able to re-order a small number of kits, proportionate to their size. They are able to place these orders every 21 days.

The Government publishes guidance for schools about all aspects of COVID-19, including testing on GOV.UK.

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