Home Testing Kits
Following the information I sent yesterday I would like to remind parents that anyone with school aged children is able to access rapid lateral flow tests for home testing from the Gov.uk website.
As the Government has laid out in their roadmap, secondary school and college students will now be tested twice a week, receiving three initial tests at school or college before transitioning to twice weekly home testing. Primary school children will not be regularly asymptomatically tested due to low levels of transmission between younger aged children but will continue to need to come forward for tests if they have symptoms.
Home tests will be given for free to all families and households with primary, secondary school and college aged children and young people, including childcare and support bubbles, to help find more COVID-19 cases and break chains of transmission. This is in addition to the staff testing programme in place and the testing for Secondary age pupils currently underway.
Schools are not expected to provide the test kits to families or administer the family testing process.
I would strongly encourage parents to take part in this in order that we are to identify those positive cases and are best able to keep everyone safe.
Thank you to the parent who brought this to my attention.
Mrs M. Mills