Targeted testing underway in Calderdale schools

Targeted community COVID-19 testing gets underway in Calderdale this week, with a number of schools set to receive rapid tests.

Calderdale is in the highest level of restrictions to control the virus – Tier 3: Very High Alert. The borough’s infection rate is decreasing but is still too high.

Calderdale Council is introducing targeted community testing with lateral flow tests as one of the many measures being used to control COVID-19. Targeted testing works alongside the local test and trace system and support for people who need to self-isolate.

The tests are arriving at five schools and Calderdale College this week as part of a local pilot.

Ryburn Valley High School, The North Halifax Grammar School, The Halifax Academy, Holy Trinity Primary School, Tuel Lane Infant School and Calderdale College will receive a month’s worth of lateral flow tests.

School and college staff, who are key frontline workers, will be tested at least once a week. Over 2000 tests are due to be taken in one week alone.

The Council is also looking into possibly extending the testing to some older students. It plans to offer targeted testing to all schools in Calderdale by the end of the current school term.

The supplies being delivered this week will cover the period up until the Christmas holidays and the return to school in January.

The Council’s School Nursing Team is training school staff to be able to administer the tests themselves.