Being a lateral flow tester, I have ended up at school while the kids are not | Zoe Williams
It is unnatural to tell an adult to blow their own nose, and I never know where to look when they’re doing the swab. But I’m still very happy to be back at school
When you are governed by screeching U-turn, it can be hard to remember why decisions made sense, even ones that were only announced a few weeks ago. Prior to schools closing, it was decreed that they were definitely safe, so long as teachers and pupils were regularly tested. I volunteered to help at the secondary school, thinking it would be fun to appal my kids by hallooing them across the busy playground. Only, of course, now the playground is not busy, and there is no hallooing. I am going to school and they’re not. The other day, one of them offered to make me a packed lunch.
The job of lateral flow test administrator is not at all complicated. The teachers register themselves; they read the instructions themselves; they do the test themselves; plus they’re all teachers, so they could probably explain to me how to explain to them what they were supposed to do while they were doing it.Continue reading...