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Home testing for students

Home testing for young people at secondary 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.

Young people at secondary school or college are being offered symptom free tests, including home testing kits. The tests should ideally be taken twice a week, every three-five days apart.

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.

There are now a number of different ways you can get a symptom free test in York.

Community Testing Site

You and anyone over the age of 11 in your household bubble can book regular symptom free tests at one of our three community testing sites.

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

If your 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

From 15 March, secondary school and college pupils will be offered symptom free home testing kits by their school or college. Ideally, two symptom free tests should be taken each week.

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 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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