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COVID-19 testing in schools

​​​Read testing arrangements for pupils​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window who are a household contact of a positive COVID-19 case on the Welsh Government website.​

​​​​​​​​Your child must stay at home if they are displaying COVID-19 symptoms.​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window You should:
In the event you cannot book a test, or there are long wait periods for a test date, your school can arrange testing on your behalf.

Please follow self-isola​tion guidance while waiting for test results.

Children experiencing wider symptoms of COVID-19 should consider taking a test. They are encouraged to self-isolate whilst waiting for the result.

The extended list of COVID-19 symptoms are:
  • fatigue
  • myalgia (muscle ache or pain)
  • a sore throat
  • a headache
  • a runny nose
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea

Lateral flow testing (LFT) in schools

It is recommended that regular, twice weekly LFTs are carried out by:
  • Pupils in year 7 and above in secondary schools and further education settings
  • Staff in all registered childcare settings including Flying Start settings, schools and further education settings
The aim of rapid testing is to ensure that schools identify possible asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 as quickly as possible to stop the spread of the virus.
A short video demonstration and step-by-step guides in a series of different languages can be found on the GOV.UK website. View Covid-19 self-test help.​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

LFT tests should not be misused.

LFT tests are only used to detect asymptomatic cases and ensure it is safe for people to go to school and work. They should not be used to test for COVID-19 in anyone with symptoms.

It is vital new symptoms are tested using the PCR method at a testing centre. This method is a far more effective way of testing. If you receive a positive Lateral Flow Test result you still have to go to a test centre to have a PCR test to confirm the positive result.
Staff and pupils should not attend a school or setting if they have tested positive using a LFT test. Please follow self-isolation guidance​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window and isolate immediately.

Anyone who has tested positive should:
​​You will be contacted by the local contact tracing team to identify contacts.

If a positive LFT test result is followed by a negative PCR test result within 24 hours, you can return to school as normal.

If a PCR test is taken after 24 hours of a positive LFT you will need to continue to self-isolate for 10 days even if the result is negative.

A negative test result does not remove the risk of transmission.