Minister for Education Norma Foley has confirmed that antigen testing will be rolled out across schools from next Monday.
Schools and parents will be informed of the specifics of the new system over the coming days.
Foley said today that antigen testing will be rolled out as an additional tool to suppress Covid-19 infections.
Foley said: “The CMO has now determined there is a role for antigen testing in our schools as an additional tool in our schools. It will be operational from the 29th, which is next Monday. All guidance will be made to schools this week and to parents also.”
Government policy says: “It is not mandatory for children to participate in antigen testing. Children who are in a pod where a child has tested positive for Covid-19 can continue to attend school, whether they participate in antigen testing or not, provided that they are not experiencing symptoms of Covid-19.”
Therefore, it will be up to the parents to decide whether to test their child or not.