Rapid Testing for households & bubbles with school pupils

COVID-19 Briefing
4 March 2021

Rapid lateral flow testing for households and bubbles of school pupils and staff

As more pupils and students return to the classroom the Government has asked that all adults who live in households with primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, test themselves twice a week.  Many parents will have received a letter from their school asking them to access regular testing.

Around 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 don’t have any symptoms, but can still pass it on. The aim of the rapid testing is to test as many people as possible to help stop the spread of infections – especially as places, such as schools, start to reopen.

To support this, home testing kits (a rapid lateral flow device test) are now available for anyone who is over the age of 18 who lives in the same home as a primary school, secondary school or college age student.

People who are asymptomatic (do not display symptoms of Covid-19) can find out how to get a rapid lateral flow test in the following ways:

  • At work –  Your employer may already be offering you regular testing through your workplace either at work or from home. It is important that you continue to access regular testing where it is made available to you. You should report your results to your employer.
  • At a test centre – Visit one of the testing sites across Nottinghamshire to get tested by a trained operative. Asymptomatic Community Testing for Covid-19 | Nottinghamshire County Council
  • Collect home test kits -You can collect 2 packs of home test kits from a local testing centre near you. Each pack contains 7 tests. These are the locations across Nottinghamshire where you can currently collect a home testing kit.
    • Anyone 18 or over can collect. You can check online if the location is busy before you go
  • Online – You can order home testing kits to be delivered to your home from the Government website, using this website address: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
  • By phone – Call 119 to order tests to be sent to your home.  Lines are open from 7am to 11pm and calls are free.

Rapid lateral flow testing for households and bubbles of school pupils and staff – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Reporting results

  • It is really important that results are reported. People are asked to report results online to NHS Test and Trace or over the phone by calling 119.
  • If anyone in the household tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, they should tell the school and:
  • self-isolate immediately
  • Get a PCR test at a local test centre to confirm the result. PCR Tests work in a different way to lateral flow device test as the swab kits go to a laboratory. The PCR tests are better at finding very small amounts of the virus, especially early in infection, so these are used primarily in people who have symptoms.
  • regular handwashing
  • social distancing
  • wearing a face covering where recommended