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Protect our classrooms and get tested before school returns

by Guy Murphy

With rates across Knowsley continuing to rise, and a number of seasonal illnesses in circulation, we’re urging parents and carers to ensure children are tested for COVID-19 before returning to school next week.

During the current academic year, it has been through the hard work of school staff, children and young people that we have been able to successfully continue teaching in the classroom and reduce the spread of the virus.

That is why it is vital we all continue to take steps to protect our children, teachers and school staff when we return following the holidays.

Parents and carers can access testing via our local Community Testing Sites or through home rapid testing kits. You can find out more on how to access regular testing here.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Firstly I would like to thank all of school staff, pupils, parents and carers for their continued hard work in supporting our schools this academic year.

“Regular testing has been crucial in keeping our young people and children safe and I would urge households to ensure children are tested before they return.”

Cllr Christine Bannon, Cabinet Member for Health said: “Unfortunately, we are seeing rising cases of COVID-19 across the borough and with the colder months upon us, pressure is increasing on our local NHS services.

“Regular testing is vital to ensuring that we keep safe and stop the spread. By getting tested, we can reduce the risk of COVID spreading through the classroom and potentially back into households across the borough.”

Can we get vaccinated?

Vaccination is now available to those aged 12 and over. You can find out more about COVID-19 vaccination here.

What to do if someone in the household has symptoms?

Residents should isolate and book a test immediately if they start to experience symptoms. Coronavirus symptoms are a new persistent cough, a high temperature or a loss of sense of taste or smell. You can book a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

What to do if you or your child tests positive through a (Rapid) Lateral Flow Test?

If you receive a positive test result, you should stay at home and book a PCR test through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119. If your PCR test comes back positive, your child and any unvaccinated close contacts must self-isolate for 10 days.