Latest advice from Dudley Public Health
The main symptoms of Covid 19 in children are changing all the time.
If your child has any of the following symptoms, we have been advised to request that they have a PCR test, to check if they have Covid.
We have been advised that Lateral Flow tests should not be done on primary school aged children as they are not reliable in young children
If you do send your child for a PCR test, could you please forward a copy of their results to us in school
Government Updates May 10th 2021
Accessing symptom-free tests
Parents and carers and anyone else 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 at www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff
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. For details on where you can get a lateral flow test and to book visit www.dudley.gov.uk/symptom-free-testing
COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted in a 4 step road map to provide a route back to a more normal life.
Even as restrictions are lifted, it is essential that everyone carries on with the good habits that reduce transmission,
please see image below for some imperative safe behaviours to encourage your communities to keep following Hands, Face, Space, Ventilate.