I received the following in my daily briefing from the DFE and so was
keen to share it with you. Tests are not available from school but
the information below details how you can get test kits.
ASYMPTOMATIC TESTING INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND ADULTS IN HOUSEHOLDS
WITH CHILDREN AT SCHOOL OR COLLEGE
NHS Test and Trace announced earlier this week, that all adults in
households with school and college age children without symptoms can
now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing.
Test kits can either be collected or ordered online, as set out below.
You should not give test kits to parents, carers or household members
and should not order more test kits for this purpose. Secondary school
and college students will continue to access testing through their
school or college.
Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce
transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with
children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now
access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes
childcare and support bubbles.
Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways [testing website]
for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to
take at home, twice-weekly:
· through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
· by collecting a home test kit from a local test site –
anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests
· by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order
online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up
home delivery for those who need it most
If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England,
please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open
every day from 7am to 11pm.
Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not
being asked to take a test.
Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are
eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face
coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a
vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of
regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play
our part and do what we can to protect each other.
Have a great evening.