Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but could still pass it on to others.
As we start to move out of lockdown and the schools reopen we need to ensure we continue to protect each other from the virus.
To reduce the spread of the virus the following groups will now have access to regular rapid tests:
- secondary school pupils
- primary and secondary school staff
- households, childcare and support bubbles of primary and secondary-age pupils
- households, childcare and support bubbles of primary and secondary staff
Primary school pupils will not be asked to test at this time.
There are different ways to get a test for school staff, pupils, and members of their households, childcare and support bubbles in who do not have symptoms of coronavirus.
Secondary school pupils and staff - schools will provide pupils and staff with home test kits and they will be asked to report their results online with NHS Test and Trace or by calling 119.
Members of households, childcare or support bubbles of school staff and pupils can now get twice weekly home test kits through four different routes:
Rapid lateral flow test site – Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator.
For Greenwich sites book here. Or you can find all rapid test sites here.
- Collect Test Kits – You can collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point. Each pack contains 7 tests. Anyone 18 or over can collect. Most collection points are open from 1.30pm to 7pm. You can check online if the location is open or busy before you go. You do not need to make an appointment. Find your nearest home test kit collection point.
- Through your employer – Your workplace may offer rapid lateral flow testing to you. Contact your employer to find out more.
- Order Home Test Kits Online – If you cannot get tested at your workplace, or are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a home test kit online. Do not order online if you can get a test through other methods. This frees up home delivery for those who need it most. Order rapid lateral flow home test kits
You will be asked to:
- take a test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days apart)
- report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day you take the test. Report your test result online or by calling 119.
If anyone tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, they should tell the school and:
- self-isolate immediately
- get a PCR test to confirm the result
- follow the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection