Students and parents encouraged to use home testing kits as pupils return from half-term break

With the return to school underway this week, the council is reminding students and parents that regular at home coronavirus testing is available for free...

Published: Monday, 7th June 2021 School pics 1

With the return to school underway this week, Watford Borough Council is reminding students and parents that regular at home coronavirus testing is available for free, for all households with primary, secondary and college age children and young people.

Families in Watford with school-age children are being encouraged to access the free home tests and take part in regular testing to help identify more asymptomatic Covid-19 cases and quickly break chains of transmission before they enter schools and colleges.

With about a third of individuals with coronavirus showing no symptoms and potentially spreading it without knowing, targeted, regular testing means more positive cases within households are found and prevented from entering schools and colleges, helping to keep educational settings safe.

Rapid testing detects cases quickly – in under 30 minutes – meaning positive cases can isolate immediately. This can be the difference between children being able to stay in school, or a class being sent home due to an outbreak. You can access lateral flow tests at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.

If students have been in regular contact with someone with Covid-19 symptoms, but are not showing symptoms themselves, they are also being encouraged to access a PCR test via the national system at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

This will help the council identify people who may be infected but not showing symptoms. When completing the form, people will need to tick the box that says the local authority has asked you to take a PCR test to enable you to one even if you don’t have symptoms.

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Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said “We’re working closely with all schools in the town and I would urge encourage all eligible households to take up the offer of twice weekly rapid testing to help keep schools safe.

“We know as many as 1 in 3 people testing positive for Covid-19 don’t show symptoms, so targeted, regular testing means more positive cases are kept out of schools and colleges. Please remember though that these tests don’t pick up all positive cases unfortunately and so regardless of a negative test result you still need to continue to follow the rules, wear a mask, keep your distance and meet outside wherever possible. ”

For more information about Coronavirus, please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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