UK: Schools ask pupils to take Covid on-site tests

In light of the new Covid variant, Omicron, the DfE sent an email to secondary schools in England on Friday.

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New Delhi: Secondary schools in England have been asked to prepare to test pupils on-site after Christmas.

On Friday, the Department for Education told schools that testing pupils upon their return in January “will help reduce transmission after a period of social mixing” during the holidays.

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said the DfE’s plans were “not reasonable”.

Julie McCulloch, director of policy at ASCL, criticised the “short timeframe”.

In light of the new Covid variant, Omicron, the DfE sent an email to secondary schools in England on Friday. In its email, the department urged secondary schools to be prepared to test pupils when they return in January.

It recognised that the request was “a significant additional ask”. However, it stressed that “testing continues to play a vital role in keeping Covid-19 out of schools”.

The DfE added: “Testing all pupils in school boosts testing participation and will help reduce transmission after a period of social mixing over the school holidays.

“Tests, PPE and funding to support your workforce will be provided as before. After this test on return, pupils should continue to test in line with Government guidelines.”

Throughout the Covid pandemic, schools have faced several disruptions and have been at the heart of lockdown measures, because they provide the potential for prolonged close-up interactions between people from many different households.

The government said that introducing on-site testing is part of their commitment to protect face-to-face education and they are asking secondary school pupils to take one test at school when they return in January.

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