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Lateral Flow Tests In Schools

From 8th March the following people in Norfolk will have access to regular rapid lateral flow testing (Asymptomatic testing) as schools reopen:

  • 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.

Children and school staff are in contact with lots of different people during the school day. It is really important that children and staff are tested regularly to stop the spread of Covid-19. 

These tests are not compulsory. You and your child can choose if you would like to use them.

The first 3 tests for your child will take place at school so they can be taught how to use the test and feel comfortable using them. After this your child will be able to test themselves twice every week from home.

You will receive information about how to support your child with testing at home. They are to help keep students and staff as safe as possible at school. This will improve attendance and make sure your child has as much face to face teaching time as possible.

Currently, primary school children (Year 6 and below) won't take part in the schools rapid testing programme.

To see the up to date government guidance *click here*.

  • If you're a member of a household, childcare bubble or support bubble of a pupil or member of staff you can also get a twice weekly test. These are available at;

    Rapid testing detects cases very quickly. This can be the difference between children being able to stay in school, or a class being sent home due to an outbreak at school.

  • Tell your child about the test. Keep the explanation short and simple to suit their age. If they are older explain to them how important it is and how it could save peoples lives.

    Why the test is needed.

    • To check if they have the virus, make sure they get the right care and make sure the virus doesn’t get passed around. Even though your child may feel fine, explain that the test is to protect other people.

    What happens during the test.

    • Tests all involve swabbing the nose and / or tonsils. These are soft and do not hurt and its over very quickly. 
    • Depending on the test you are given, it may involve just the nasal swab, just a tonsil swab, or both together. 
    You could watch this video with your child so they know what to expect.
  • Lateral flow testing involves a swab of the nose and tonsils to collect a sample.

    Other swab tests need samples to be sent to a lab for analysis so take at least a day to get a result. Lateral flow tests get results much faster.

    It is hoped that by using the faster tests people will find out more quickly if they have the virus or not, and that will make it easier to control the spread.

    Remember - if you have symptoms of coronavirus you should order a standard test online or call 119.

    To find out more about Lateral Flow Tests *click here*.

  • If you or anyone in your household tests positive or develops coronavirus symptoms, you should tell the school or college. You should then:

    If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you should book a test at a test centre immediately. *Click here* to find out how to book a test.

Who Can Help?

If you are worried or have more questions about using the home testing kits speak to your child's school.

You can also contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.

You can speak to other Norfolk parents and carers by clicking our online community forum below. 



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