Manchester news Parents could soon be asked to test primary children for Covid at home Manchester united news
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Breaking News ! Parents could be asked to test their primary children for Covid at home under the government's mass testing plan. With high schools and colleges making plans for mass testing, it's understood students will be doing the tests themselves under staff supervision. But with primary children unable to do that, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson says it's 'not appropriate or right' to ask staff to do the tests. That's why, he said, the government is now looking at a system whereby parents and carers could test their own children at home. Speaking at an education select committee meeting, the minister said: “In a primary-school setting you'd have to ask the staff to do the tests themselves and I just do not think that is appropriate or right. Read More Related Articles Salford council nurseries close to all but key worker and vulnerable children Read More Related Articles Teachers and school staff will be 'top priority' for Covid vaccine in next wave, government says “What we have been looking at doing is having a system where the tests are carried out by the parents on their child … and that would have to take place in the home.” It comes as the government confirmed that mass testing will be rolled out for both teaching and support staff in primary schools by next week. Mr Williamson said: "I want to see mass testing rolled out across all education settings. “What we’re seeing from January 18 is the rollout of staff testing for primary school teachers. High school pupils will carry out their own Covid tests under supervision “Testing is a really important part of bringing people back into school.
. “If we’re testing a child, in essence we’re in a position where we’re also testing a household as well. “We’re extending staff testing as of next week to primary schools and I would like to see it rolled out to all pupils, that’s my ambition – that’s where I want us to get to.” What do you think about the plans for parents to test primary children at home? Have you been asked permission for your child to have the test at secondary school? Let us know in the comments here, or share your views on our Manchester Family Facebook page. The plan at secondaries and colleges is for all pupils and staff to be tested before returning to school from lockdown - and then tested on a weekly basis. Once they are back in, if they are found to be a close contact of a positive case then they can avoid the need for self-isolation by agreeing to be tested every day for seven days. If parents or staff don't agree, then they'll need to stay home for the full isolation period.
Responding to the plans for primary kids, Susan Acland-Hood, permanent secretary at the Department for Education, said: “Getting to the point where parents can administer the tests at home unlocks the ability to do primary testing on a much greater scale in a way that is more straightforward but also more appropriate.” Mr Williamson said that both primary teachers and support staff would be able to self-administer the tests at home and the government was providing a £78 million support package to help with the mass rollout.
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