Asymptomatic testing information for parents and adults in households with children at school or college
NHS Test and Trace announced earlier this week, that all adults in households with school and college age children without symptoms can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. Test kits can either be collected or ordered online.
Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.
Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:
If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.
Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.
Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.
My child has symptoms of Coronavirus - what should I do?
If your child or any member of your household is displaying any of the following symptoms you must use the link below to contact NHS 111 and follow the advice given before your child can return to school.
- A new continuous cough
- A high temperature
- A loss or change to their sense of smell/taste
If you are contacted by NHS track and trace, or you are in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of Coronavirus please follow the advice you have been given before returning to school.
Please report any positive Coronavirus cases by clicking HERE
Is my child too ill for school?
If your child is feeling unwell please use the following link for NHS advice: