People Services Directorate
Health & Wellbeing Division
3-5 St James Road, Dudley, DY1 1HZ
Face Coverings in Schools
Primary age children are not required to wear a face covering in school, but staff should wear a face covering when leaving their bubble and moving around school.
Parents are also expected to wear a face covering when on the school site.
Symptom Free (Lateral Flow testing (LFT) for children & staff
There is no national recommendation for primary-age pupils to have a LFT.
Staff in primary schools are still to do twice weekly LFT. This continues to be the national and local expectation as an important tool in managing infection rates and reducing opportunity for further spread. It regularly identifies people with no symptoms, therefore reduces transmission and the number of children and young people that may need to isolate.
Symptom free twice weekly testing for parents and carers
We would like to encourage parents and carers to carry out twice weekly symptom-free (LFT) tests so we can identify positive cases at the earliest opportunity and help to stop transmission
Residents can access symptom free tests in a number of ways:
You will need to register the result of your test on the government website.
For more information go to www.dudley.gov.uk/symptom-free-testing.
Vaccine for parents and carers
From Thursday 20th May all adults aged 34 and over in Dudley will be eligible to receive a covid-19 vaccination, we encourage all eligible people to have the vaccine when offered.
You will be notified directly from the NHS or from your GP as to when you can book your slot. For more information go to www.dudley.gov.uk/coronavirus
Schools will be continuing with their system of controls to manage infection rates such as staggered start and finish times, one-way systems and expectation that parents remain socially distanced and wear face coverings on site. Schools will also be continuing to arrange children and young people in groups / bubbles
We may also at times ask for the introduction of extended measures for pupils or staff in response to localised outbreaks, including variants of concern.
Continue to do the things that you have been doing to keep our education settings safe. These are:
Be aware of symptoms and arrange a test
The 3 classic covid-19 symptoms are;
Anyone with the above symptoms must isolate (and their household) and arrange a PCR test.
Other symptoms which may be linked to covid-19;
Anyone feeling generally unwell or with these symptoms is asked to take a PCR test to check if it is covid-19 or seasonal illness.
If you would like any more help and advice around COVID-19, please go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.