Victoria is set to introduce rapid antigen tests into schools as as part of a plan to halve quarantine requirements for students considered close contacts of a positive case.
From November 15, uvaccinated and partially vaccinated school students will only need to isolate for seven days as long as they return a negative PCR test on day six and negative rapid antigen tests thereafter.
Fully vaccinated students are already able to return to school after seven days of isolation.
The Victorian government has already secured 200,000 rapid antigen test kits and will rollout the tests statewide.
The tests will be trialled by 20 schools this week which are currently impacted by COVID outbreaks.
The new program will run on an opt-in basis for students.