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Regular testing for households with nursery, school and college children or staff

by Guy Murphy

Households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools, nurseries and colleges can get twice weekly rapid (lateral flow) testing kits.

  • through your employer if they offer testing to employees
  • at a local SMART Testing site
  • by collecting a home test kit from a test site
  • by ordering a home test kit online. 

Get a test through your employer
Your workplace may offer rapid lateral flow testing to you. Contact your employer to find out more.

Take a test at a rapid lateral flow test site
You can take a rapid lateral flow test at a local SMART testing site. Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator.  You may need to book an appointment.

Collect test kits 
You can collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point. Each pack contains 7 tests. Anyone 18 or over can collect. Most collection points are open from 1.30pm to 7pm. You can check online if the location is open or busy before you go. You do not need to make an appointment.  Do not visit a collection point outside opening hours, as it may be used to test people with coronavirus symptoms outside these times. Find your nearest home test kit collection point.

Order home test kits online 

If you cannot get tested at your workplace or are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a home test kit online.   Do not order online if you can get a test through other methods. This frees up home delivery for those who need it most. Order rapid lateral flow home test kits

What twice-weekly testing involves. You will be asked to:

  • take a test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days apart)
  • report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day you take the test
  • Report your test result online or by calling 119.

If anyone tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, they should tell the school and:

self-isolate immediately

A negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. But this does not guarantee you do not have coronavirus, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice including:

  • regular handwashing
  • social distancing.