Daily rapid test requirement to go live two days ahead of new school year

Hong Kong students will be required to conduct rapid coronavirus tests starting Tuesday - two days before the start of the new school year on September 1 - to ensure school campuses are Covid-free, according to sources.

The Education Bureau previously announced that school students and teachers will be required to continue taking the rapid tests every day in the new academic year, until further notice.

Half-day face-to-face classes will also continue in the new academic year.

It is understood that the bureau will on Monday notify schools of the latest change in the testing rules, requiring students to commence the daily rapid test exercise two days before the start of the new school year.

Those holding an amber or red health code will also be barred from entering schools, sources said.

Commenting on the possible change in the testing rules, Chu Wai-lam, the vice-chairman of the New Territories School Heads Association, believed the change will not be a problem for parents.

He said commencing the daily testing exercise two days earlier would also allow parents to get used to the daily testing earlier.