West Norfolk high school students are being asked to get tested for Covid-19 before the half-term holidays end.
The county council is asking all secondary school pupils to take a symptom-free lateral flow test on Sunday evening or Monday morning. Parents and carers are also being reminded to continue twice-weekly testing to help prevent virus spread.
The latest figures show there were 1327 cases among 10 to 14 year olds in the whole of Norfolk in the week ending 22/10/2021 compared to 1219 the previous week (week ending 15/10/2021).
Chris Snudden, Director of Learning and Inclusion at Norfolk County Council, said: “It was brilliant to see children return to school in September with a much more rounded education. Extra-curricular activities, school-trips and events were all able to take place, giving children the chance to catch-up on some of the more social activities that are so important to their learning and well-being.
“We really want this to be able to continue through the second half of the autumn term, so we’re asking parents and high school children to keep testing regularly, so that we can reduce the spread of the virus in schools and help keep children and school staff as safe as possible.”
Secondary school students can receive symptom free test kits from their schools, but extra packs can be picked up from libraries, pharmacies and some testing sites.
You can also order test kits through the post. You can find out more here
Lateral flow tests are not suitable for people with symptoms of the virus. Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19, should self-isolate and book a PCR test. More information about testing here