Your child’s nursery, school or college should be taking part in the symptom-free testing programme. Please help nurseries, childminders, schools, and colleges to create the safest possible environments by following the advice below and the wider public health advice and guidance.
Symptom-free testing using lateral flow devices (or ‘LFDs’) in education settings will help to identify staff and pupils who are infectious but do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.
All secondary-aged pupils and college students are provided with home test kits from their education setting. They are asked to test themselves twice a week at home and report the results to NHS Test and Trace, as well as to their school or college. Information about how to report results can be found below. Schools and colleges will retain their own small testing sites so that pupils who are unable to test themselves at home can still participate.
Testing is voluntary and your child will not be tested unless they (18+) or you or another parent or carer (for children ged under 18) have given informed consent.
We strongly encourage you and your child to take part in testing as it helps to break chains of transmission, manage the virus and keep people safe. Your child will not be stopped from returning to school or college if you or they choose not to be tested and will return to face-to-face education in line with their school or college’s arrangements.
Further information about school and at-home symptom-free testing for secondary and college students is available below.
For information about symptom-free testing for all residents in Walsall, including FAQs, please see the symptom-free testing page.