Primary School

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Primary school pupils and rapid asymptomatic testing

On advice from Public Health England (PHE), pupils in primary schools and children in nursery settings are not included in the rapid asymptomatic testing programme.

PHE has advised that there are currently limited public health benefits to testing primary-aged pupils with lateral flow devices (LFD). In addition, primary-aged pupils, particularly younger children, may find the LFD testing process unpleasant and are unable to self-swab.

We are advising that primary-aged pupils should only be tested if they are symptomatic, in which case their families should follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and book a PCR test for the child.

Find out where you can collect self-test kits near you on the Essex County Council website, or order self-test kits online from GOV.UK.

If a positive test results from a self-test kit or symptoms develop, book a follow-up test on GOV.UK or call 119.

Home Testing for Households - March 2021

Lateral Flow Testing

Tier 3 COVID Restrictions from 16th December 2020

Tier 2 COVID Restrictions from 2 December 2020

New Restrictions

COVID-19 Symptom Parental Support Tool

Test and Trace