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Mandatory testing of pupils in schools



Rules and recommendations

Screening testing of pupils is still taking place throughout the Czech Republic. Preventive screening with antigen tests in schools is carried out every Monday (once a week).

If the specified day is not a school day, the test will be performed the following day.

Testing concerns primary and special primary school pupils, full-time conservatory pupils and full-time secondary school education.

The school may replace antigen tests with PCR tests, in which case the test is performed once a week.

Testing concerns all pupils, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or fall within the protection period after the illness. The test performed at the school can be replaced by an RT-PCR test (not older than 72 hours) or a RAT antigen test (not older than 24 hours) performed by a health service provider with a negative result.

Alternatively, a solemn declaration of the negative result of the test performed at the school (eg if the pupil attends more than one school facility).

If the student refuses to take the test:

  • mouth and nose protection (respirator eg FFP2, KN 95) must be worn indoors at all times and outdoors if a distance of 1.5 metres from others cannot be maintained. In the case of children under 15, a mask will suffice. He also does not have to have it in the room within schools in nature, etc. These pupils continue to be exempted in case of serious medical reasons if they have a medical certificate,
  • must not exercise indoors (outdoors only at a distance),
  • must not sing if it does not keep a distance of 2 m,
  • uses special hygienic equipment (if any),
  • when eating and drinking, sits at a table/bench with a distance of 1.5 metres from others.

In the case of a positive result, the school notifies the legal representative, issues a certificate for the pupil (see Annex). The pupil must leave school immediately if the pupil cannot leave school independently, he/she will be separated from the other pupils before being picked up by a legal representative. It is also necessary to contact the child's general practitioner as a legal representative. Subsequently, a confirmatory RT-PCR test is required.

The school will also send the test result to the hygienic station using the Covid Forms Application (based on this information, a request for a confirmatory RT-PCR test is issued), or notify the pupil's legal representative of the need to undergo a confirmatory RT-PCR test. If this test is also positive, the student or legal guardian must contact their GP and the student is ordered to be isolated.

Pupils who were in one class, department or group with a positively tested student 2 days before the test will only prove themselves on this day with a negative test performed every day before class until the result of the conformational RT-PCR test (so-called test to stay mode). These pupils also follow the so-called regime measures, which apply to pupils who have not been tested.

If the confirmatory RT-PCR test is positive, the procedure is the same as for any positivity test.

Although stricter hygiene rules continue to apply in some establishments there is an exemption from the obligation to prove one of the O-N-T rules for pupils and supervisors when visiting:

  • zoological, botanical gardens, museums, galleries, observatories and planetariums, etc.
  • gyms, courts, gyms and other indoor sports grounds, etc.
  • hobby education and other leisure activities (especially various groups)
  • concerts, theater, film screenings and similar performances
  • accommodation services (eg outdoor schools, school trips)

And all this even in the number of more than 20 people. They are also not obliged to keep a distance of 1.5 meters from others.

The same applies in the case of swimming as part of school activities, but only if pupils from one school are present or the space is separated.

A child with a positive test or with coronavirus symptoms will not be allowed to attend the lesson.