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 (sometimes called ‘LFDs’ or ‘LFTs’) in education settings will continue to help to identify staff and pupils who are infectious but do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.
Testing is still advised for all staff and all secondary-aged pupils and college students are provided with home test kits from their education setting. Primary-aged students do not need to test regularly unless they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, anyone over the age of 5 years who has been a close contact of a case is advised to test every day for 7 days with an LFD.
Those who are testing regularly are advised 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. 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 aged under 18) have given informed consent.
We strongly encourage you and your child to continue 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.