Testing for families of school childrenPublished Monday, 08 March 2021
All households with children of school age are being asked to take twice-weekly Covid-19 tests in line with schools returning on Monday 8 March.
About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still pass it on to others. Regular testing of people without symptoms is important to help stop the virus spreading and protect your loved ones. As lockdown restrictions gradually ease we all need to play our part to help protect each other.
How to get the tests
There are different ways to get a test for households, childcare and support bubbles of children at school.
If you are symptom free, you can collect home test kits between 1.30pm-7pm every day at your local testing site. Find your nearest test site here. In Wyre this is located at Albert Street Car Park in Fleetwood.
If you cannot get to a test centre to collect the test kits, you can order a home test kit online.
Remember if you can’t work from home and you are symptom free you can also get tested at our lateral flow test centre at Thornton Leisure Centre.
If you or anyone you live with has any coronavirus symptoms, you must isolate and book a free NHS test immediately.
What twice-weekly testing involves
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, whether it is positive or negative. You can report your test result online or by calling 119.
If anyone tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, you should tell the school and:
- self-isolate immediately
- get a free NHS test to confirm the result
- follow the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
A negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. But this does not guarantee you do not have coronavirus, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice including:
- regular handwashing
- social distancing
- wearing a face covering where recommended
There is more information about testing for families of school children on the Lancashire County Council website.