As we enter the last half term of the year, we need to work together to keep our community safe. To support us with this, please engage with the family testing program which is on offer in Dudley.
Anyone living with a school age child or young person are among the priority groups being given access to free home lateral flow testing kits to test themselves. Information on how to access these can be found on the government website.
All are strongly encouraged to have a lateral flow test at a local testing site prior to starting home testing, to know how a test is undertaken. Twice weekly testing will help detect hidden asymptomatic cases and help keep pupils and staff safer in school.
Anyone unable to do home testing can go to one of the Dudley lateral flow testing centres. These are at Dudley Leisure Centre, Saltwells Education Centre, with pop-up sessions at Holy Trinity Church Community Centre in Wordsley, Lifecentral Church in Halesowen, St Andrews Church in Sedgley, St James Church in Wollaston and the Salvation Army Church in Lye. There is also testing at more than 30 pharmacies across the borough. Find out more on where you can get a lateral flow test and book visit. Please engage with this program if you can.
If your child has any of the main COVID-19 symptoms, (a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell), you are encouraged to get a PCR test done. We CANNOT accept a lateral flow test as proof that your child is COVID free if they are experiencing any of the main symptoms. Please find a letter under the letters tab explaining the difference.
Also, in addition to the main symptoms of COVID-19, Public Health have asked us to advise you to also obtain a PCR test for any of the following symptoms: