All supply staff are now able to access lateral flow testing kits directly from local hubs or the local authority.
Participation in the testing programme is voluntary and in no way an enabler for agency staff to be offered work. The purpose of the lateral flow self-testing kits being made available to supply staff is so that asymptomatic positive cases are identified and staff can isolate and break the transmission chain.
Individuals will be provided with the test kits enabling 2 tests to be performed per week. The national preferred testing periods are either Sunday evening/Monday morning and Thursday mornings. It is important that the result of every test is recorded on the national database within 24 hours of taking the test. After 24 hours the ability to record the result is lost. Results will need to be recorded for positive, negative or void tests. Full details will be provided with the tests.
Agency staff will need to have some form of identification to show they are an active agency worker for collection of the tests – this could be in the form of a pay slip.
Long-term agency staff (such as those covering sickness or maternity leave) should receive the kits directly from the school they are working at. This offer of asymptomatic testing only relates to day-to-day supply staff actively seeking work.
Further information including the address of your local education authority from where you can access the kits from, please click here.
Apollo Teaching Services