Covid Tests for adults who have school age children from Sandwell
5th Mar 2021
Friday 5th March 2021
The below is taken from the Sandwell council website https://www.sandwell.gov.uk/rapidhometests and is for your information. In school all adults are testing twice weekly to ensure we are all keeping each other safe. We would be delighted if parents would test regularly too.
Rapid Covid-19 home tests for adults who live with school age children
If you are an adult who lives with children at primary school, secondary school or college (or if you are in a support bubble or childcare bubble with another household with school age children) you are encouraged to use a rapid Covid-19 test at home twice a week.
You can collect these tests free of charge from a testing centre and use them at home.
Rapid home testing is for people with no Covid-19 symptoms. These tests will help us to find more Covid-19 cases and break the chains of transmission. Around one in three people with Covid-19 show no symptoms and could be spreading the virus without knowing.
Adults should use these rapid home tests twice a week (every three to four days). You can collect up to two boxes of rapid home tests per family (or four for a large family). Regular testing will mean more positive cases within households are found, helping to keep educational settings and our communities safe.
Please note - these rapid home tests are only for adults with school age children in their household and their bubbles. Schoolchildren will be tested in school as appropriate.
Rapid tests are done at home by self-swabbing and using the testing kit. The test detects cases of Covid-19 in under 30 minutes – meaning positive cases and their whole household can isolate immediately. This can be the difference between children being able to stay in school, or a class being sent home due to an outbreak.
How can I get a rapid Covid-19 test to use at home?
If you are an adult with school age children living at home, or you are in a support or childcare bubble with school age children, you can collect rapid tests to use at home from a local testing centre (details below).
- You do not need to book.
- You can get up to 28 tests.
- You can get the tests today.
- No paperwork, booking or ID is needed.
- Sites are Covid-secure and operated by trained staff.
- Find your local collection site (opens in a new tab) - new ones will be opening so always check your nearest site.
- You can also take a test at a community assisted test site if you prefer (opens in a new tab).
- You can collect the tests anytime between 1.30pm and 7pm.
Sites where you can pick up your rapid home tests in Sandwell
- Car park, St Paul’s Road, Smethwick, B66 1EG - any time between 1.30pm and 7pm.
- Car park in Jubilee Park, Powis Avenue, Tipton, DY4 0RL - any time between 1.30pm and 7pm.
- Car park, Temple Street, West Bromwich, B70 9AF - any time between 1.30pm and 7pm.
If you cannot get a rapid test at your workplace and you are unable to go to a test site to collect rapid home test kits, you can order rapid home test kits online. Please only order for delivery if you are not able to collect your tests. This will help free up home delivery for those who need it most.
How rapid tests work
You do the test at home. The test involves taking a sample from your tonsils (or where your tonsils would have been if you have had them removed) and a sample from your nose, using a swab. You then put the swab in a solution and leave it to develop. The test will tell you if your result is negative or positive. You do not need to take your test anywhere to be processed. You will get a result within 30 minutes.
If you test positive using a rapid home test
If anyone tests positive for Covid-19 using one of these home rapid tests you should tell the school and:
- self-isolate the whole household immediately
- book an NHS test to confirm the result
- follow the self-isolation guidance for households with possible Covid-19 infection.
The same advice applies if any of your household has Covid-19 symptoms - you must all self-isolate and the person with symptoms must book a test.
If you test negative using a rapid home test
A negative result means the test did not find signs of Covid-19. But this does not guarantee you do not have coronavirus, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice including:
- regular handwashing
- social distancing
- wearing a face covering where recommended.
IMPORTANT: The rapid home tests described on this page are NOT for people with the three main Covid-19 symptoms (high temperature, a new continous cough or a change or loss of sense of taste or smell). If you have these symptoms you must self-isolate and book an NHS (PCR) test.