Parental consent needed for random COVID-19 tests on students

The Ministry of Public Health will conduct tests

Parental consent needed for random COVID-19 tests on students

The Ministry of Public Health is set to conduct random coronavirus (COVID-19) tests on students - but parents will need to give their consent before they are carried out.

Schools across Qatar have adopted a blended learning approach this term, with kids on site just one or two days a week.

All other lessons will take place online.

While inspecting schools, the Ministry of Public Health will conduct random testing to ensure early detection of COVID-19 at educational institutions.

The MOPH said in a statement, “This will enable the early detection of COVID-19 amongst students and will limit the spread of the virus in the school environment.

“Testing of students is not mandatory and will be subject to parental consent. Parents of students selected for random testing will be requested to sign a consent form prior to their child getting tested.”

There have been a number of new safety measures introduced at schools, including class sizes of being limited to 15 students, compulsory face masks and 1.5 m gaps between desks.

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