Schools and education

Home testing for students

Home testing for families and childcare bubbles of children and young people at nursery, school or college

With 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 not showing any symptoms, regular symptom-free testing is one of the best ways we can slow the spread of the virus.

Return to school

The government is advising that every secondary school pupil has 2 symptom-free tests (Lateral Flow Tests) in the week before they return to school, and then continues to take regular tests over the coming months to stop COVID from spreading. Tests should be taken around 3 days apart. Testing can be done at home but, please remember to report the results if you do.

If your child is just starting secondary school or would benefit from someone helping them get tested in person, they can visit one of our symptom-free testing sites from 30 August to 12 September. You don’t need to book, but if you want to do so, you can book in advance online.

Anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus in the past 90 days should not get tested, as they may show a false positive result.

Household members (including anyone in your childcare bubble), aged 11 and over, are eligible for regular symptom-free COVID-19 tests. The tests should ideally be taken twice a week, every three-five days apart. Children aged under 11 years do not need to get symptom free tests.

Please do not get a test if you have had a positive COVID-19 tests within 90 days, as you may get a false positive result.

You can get a test in a number of different ways:

  • by visiting a community testing site
  • by collecting home testing kits
  • by ordering home testing kits

Symptom-free Testing Site

Families with a child of secondary school age can book regular symptom free tests at one of our testing sites, together with their child.

If your or your child’s test comes back negative, you can carry on with your normal plans, remembering to practice Hands Face Space

If your or your child’s test comes back positive, you and your household have a legal responsibility to self-isolate for ten days. You do not need another test to confirm the positive result.

Collect home testing kits

Families with children at nursery, primary school, secondary school or college can collect symptom free test kits to do at home at the Poppleton Bar Park & Ride drive through test site, or the Wentworth Way walk-in site at the University of York, between the hours of 1.30pm and 7pm each day. An appointment is not necessary but you can check how busy the site is before visiting.

Watch this video to find out how to use your home testing kit. You can also find instructions in other languages.

Order home testing kits online

If you cannot get to the testing sites, you can order kits for home delivery.

Watch this video to find out how to use your home testing kit. You can also find instructions in other languages.

Looking at your results

If you get a positive test from a home test kit, you must then self isolate and confirm the result by booking a COVID-19 test online or by calling 119.

If the NHS test comes back negative, you do not need to self isolate. If it is positive, you and your household have a legal responsibility to continue to self isolate for ten days.

If you or anyone in your household shows any COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of their age, you must get tested by booking a COVID-19 test online or by calling 119.

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