About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still pass it on to others. Regular testing of people without symptoms is important to help stop the virus spreading and protect your loved ones. As lockdown restrictions gradually ease we all need to play our part to help protect each other.
The following people in England will have access to regular rapid lateral flow testing made available to them as schools and colleges reopen:
- secondary school pupils and college students
- staff of primary and secondary schools and colleges
- households, childcare and support bubbles of primary and secondary-age pupils and college students
- households, childcare and support bubbles of staff of primary and secondary schools and colleges
Primary school pupils will not be asked to test at this time.
So as parents with children in school, you can request home lateral flow (LFD) test kits.
More information will be shared on this page as it becomes available. In the meantime please see links below to take you to website pages with more information, how to order tests, how to use the test and how to report the result. Please note, waste from the tests can go in your normal rubbish collection; the cardboard box can be recycled.
We have been advised that at the moment, please order your tests for delivery to your home as collection sites are not yet set up.
- If you order and use the tests, you must report your result of each test via the government / NHS reporting page
- If you have a positive LFD test result, you and your family at home must isolate and therefore children remain at home. You can then book a PCR test to check the result. Please let the school know you have a positive LFD test. We will then complete our own track and trace, requesting close contacts to isolate.
School staff have been completing LFD tests twice each week since the start of the year. It is one more tool in our armoury to keep our community safe.