Seven staff roles, two-hour training: Schools given mass-testing instructions

SCHOOLS will have to train staff in up to seven different roles and get government sign-off on dealings with the press under plans for a mass Covid testing regime due to be launched next year.

The Department for Education announced today that rapid-result lateral flow tests would be sent to all secondary schools and colleges from January.

Under the regime, staff will be tested weekly and pupils and staff identified as close contacts of confirmed cases will be tested daily for seven days, enabling them to stay in school.

But a handbook by NHS Test and Trace circulated to schools, obtained by Schools Week, has revealed the extent of schools’ responsibilities for overseeing the rollout.

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