Covid-19 infection rates in Tower Hamlets remain high.
If you have Covid-19 and do not know it, you can spread it, putting your friends, family, colleagues and the community at risk.
Testing for Primary schools, school-based nurseries and maintained nursery schools
Lateral flow tests are being provided by the Department for Education to enable testing of asymptomatic staff at home
Staff should test themselves twice a week, a minimum of three days apart
A positive lateral flow device result means that staff member should self-isolate at home and seek a confirmatory PCR ('swab') test
If the PCR test is negative the staff member can return to school
Primary pupils are not currently being included in mass testing.
Testing for secondary schools and colleges
For secondary school staff and pupils we are moving to a home testing model.
Pupils will be tested three times at school, then they will be provided with home test kits for regular testing (schools may need to maintain a small on-site testing area for those who are unable to test at home).
A positive test means that the pupil or member of staff should self-isolate at home and seek a confirmatory PCR test
Mass testing for Early Years
Staff at private, voluntary and independent (PVI) nurseries will have access to tests to use twice weekly at home. We understand that by late March, these will have been delivered to all PVIs.
Childminders can continue to access community testing, and the Department for Education is continuing to work with colleagues across government to review the testing approach available for childminders.
Anyone who lives with, or is in a bubble with, school staff and pupils will now be encouraged to test themselves twice weekly.
Government guidance on this announcement says that households can access tests at the following locations:
We are planning to increase the number of collection points locally in Tower Hamlets and we will share new details about testing as it becomes available, including possible new collection points.