Government launches drive to persuade parents to regularly test pupils for Covid

Government launches drive to persuade parents to regularly test pupils for Covid

It comes as schools start to return from the summer break, with Scottish pupils already back in the classroom

Returning secondary school pupils are being urged to get tested – and vaccinated where possible – to stop the virus spreading and minimise disruption to lessons over the autumn term.

Ministers are launching a campaign, backed by an Olympic champion and a TV doctor, to persuade parents, secondary school and college students to take part in voluntary asymptomatic Covid-19 testing.

Attendance advisers are being recruited to work with local authorities and multi-academy trusts where absence rates are higher than average.

This comes as an expert advising the Government warned that music festivals and schools returning will lead to a “significant surge” in Covid-19 infections.

Unions have called for more action to ensure schools are kept as safe as possible and education is not disrupted further.

The campaign has been endorsed by 18-year-old swimmer Matthew Richards, who won a gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and NHS consultant paediatrician and TV presenter Dr Ranj Singh.

Published: by Radio NewsHub