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Keep on testing this Easter to keep schools COVID free next term

by Guy Murphy

Knowsley schoolteachers, staff, pupils, and parents/guardians are being urged to continue twice weekly testing during the Easter holidays to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks.

The testing programme in Knowsley schools and colleges has been hugely successful and has played a vital role in us continuing along the roadmap to recovery with more and more restrictions being eased.

From 29 March residents will be able to mix with people from other households outside – the rule of six applies or up to two households can meet outdoors. Although the risk of COVID-19 spreading outdoors is lower, there still a risk that increased mixing between households could result in outbreaks of the virus.

By keeping up with regular testing, Knowsley residents can reduce the risk of staff and pupils catching the virus over Easter or potentially bringing it back to school following the holidays.

Testing over the holiday includes:

  • Testing twice a week at home (for all those are able to)
  • Reporting results online as positive, negative or void. This is crucial in helping Public Health England understand the levels of virus across the country.
  • Carrying out pre-return to school test. This can be either the night before, or morning of, the first day back.

Pupils and staff will be provided with testing kits to take home over the Easter holiday by the school.

Families and households can also access home testing kits to ensure everyone is tested. These kits can be collected from of three sites in Knowsley (Kirkby, Huyton and Stockbridge Village) from 2.30pm-8pm Monday-Sunday. Find out more home test kits for adults.

Alternatively, families can access SMART testing sites across the borough. You can find out more about SMART testing and the site opening hours over Easter here.

Remember if you have symptoms or if you, anyone in your household or support bubble tests positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate for 10 days to prevent the further spread of the virus

You are also required to book a confirmatory test through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119.