You may have read or heard this week about rapid testing for COVID-19 being rolled out to include parents and carers of school-age children, including adults who support as part of a childcare bubble. This type of rapid testing allows for more asymptomatic COVID-19 cases to be detected and can help to break chains of transmission. These are the same tests that staff at both schools are taking at home twice a week.
With about a third of people with coronavirus showing no symptoms and potentially spreading it without knowing, targeted, regular testing means more positive cases within households are found and can self-isolate, helping to keep educational settings as safe as possible.
Rapid testing detects cases quickly – in 30 minutes – meaning positive cases can isolate immediately and we would strongly encourage you to take part in this scheme.
Getting a rapid test is quick and convenient. Some of you may already be having these as part of the testing programme at your workplace. For those that aren’t, you can order them to be delivered to your home.
Further details can be found by visiting the website below.
Positive results from one of these tests must be followed up by a PCR test at a testing site, booked in the normal way, and the whole household should isolate whilst you await these results.