Skip to main content

Mandatory testing of school employees



Rules and Recommendations 

Comprehensive testing of pupils and school staff takes place throughout the Czech Republic, namely primary schools and special primary schools, full-time forms of conservatory education or full-time forms of secondary school education.

Testing of employees of other schools is governed by general rules: testing of employees and self-employed.

Regime according to screening testing of pupils:

Preventive screening with antigen tests in schools is performed every Monday (once a week).

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

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

If the employees of the school facilities covered by the screening testing are employed in more than one school facility, they are tested with only one employer (they are proved by an issued certificate).

At the same time, the employee tested by the school (in the given week when he/she is tested by the school) is not subject to an extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health laying down rules for testing employees and self-employed, even though he is an employee of another employer (evidenced by the same issued certificate).

Testing concerns all, 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.

If an employee refuses to undergo a test, he is ordered to wear nose and mouth protection (respirator eg FFP2, KN 95) at all times, even outdoors. These employees continue to be exempted for serious medical reasons if they have a medical certificate. If it is necessary for students to see the teacher's mouth, they can use a protective shield while maintaining a spacing of 1.5 m. In the case of activities whose nature does not allow it, such a pedagogical worker must maintain a spacing of 1.5 m, this also applies in the case of consumption, when he should eat separately.

In case of a positive result, the school will issue a confirmation on the appropriate form (see Annex). The school staff member must leave school immediately. 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 school staff member of the need to undergo a confirmatory RT-PCR test. If this test is also positive, the school staff member must contact their general practitioner and be instructed in isolation.

Pupils and school staff, who were in one class, department or group with a positively tested 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 positive test.

However, keep in mind that the obligation to wear mouth and nose protection in common areas still applies. Find out more here: masks in schools.

Special regime for some school activities:

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.