Returning to school – 10 January 2022

Lateral flow tests for children in secondary school

Children in secondary school should take a lateral flow test before they return to school. Ideally, they should take a test a few days before, and another test either the night before or on the morning of their return to school.

Once back at school, it’s important they test themselves twice a week and report the results online even if they are negative or void.

Your child can access free LFD tests from the school, or you can pick them up at your local pharmacy  or go along to a testing site.

You can also order them online to be sent out to you. It will take a couple of days.

Regularly testing (staff as well as secondary school children) who aren’t showing symptoms makes it easier to identify cases and stop the virus spreading further – helping schools stay safe for pupils, staff and families.

What to do if your child is unwell

If your child has symptoms of Covid-19 (a fever, new continuous cough, or loss of sense of taste or smell) it is important to isolate and book a PCR test (even if you have already tested positive with an LFD) – that advice has not changed.


The rules on self-isolation have been updated (5 January) so fewer young people will need to self-isolate, and when they do it will be for a shorter time – but that means it’s even more important that pupils self-test and follow the guidance on face coverings.

Guidance on self-isolating.

Other mitigations in place

  • Physical distancing of at least one metre between all staff, and between staff and pupils.
  • Enhanced cleaning, ventilation and hygiene measures.
  • All staff and children at secondary school should wear a face covering at all times.
  • Secondary school children should wear a face covering on school and public transport.

Drop-off and pick-up arrangements

Please follow the guidance in place for your school regarding drop-off and pick-up arrangements. This includes:

  • parents wearing face coverings when dropping off or picking up
  • avoiding gathering at school gates
  • maintaining physical distancing.

Child vaccine information

You can book your child’s vaccine if they are between 12 to 17. Visit NHS inform vaccination page for more information.