While we all get ready to send the kids back to school, the Government wants to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible and so aims to roll out additional testing.
Children of secondary school age and those in college will now be tested twice a week. These tests will first take place at school or college but the aim is to transition the tests to a twice weekly home regime as soon as possible.
The tests sent out will be the rapid lateral flow tests and so there will be no need to wait around and post them back. Adults working in the wider school community will also be offered tests such as bus drivers, school club leaders and support workers.
It is hoped that frequent testing will alleviate the need for schools to repeatedly open and close and help those who do test positive to isolate quickly.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:
Regular testing of households and childcare support bubbles of primary and secondary school children is another tool we are making available to help keep schools safe. We know that 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don’t have any symptoms, so targeted, regular testing will mean more positive cases are kept out of schools and colleges.
As we continue to roll out the vaccine, testing offers us a way forward. Sustained and repeated testing for people without symptoms has a critical role to play as sections of society are reopened by driving down transmission rates.
By everyone playing their part and getting tested regularly, vital public services, workplaces and educational settings can stay open and running, and we can move closer to a more normal way of life.
Primary school children will not be tested regularly but are still encouraged to take a test if symptoms appear.
If you need to book a test, call 119 or book online