A PRIMARY school will be giving out coronavirus testing kits to every pupil tomorrow amid concerns over the spread of the highly infectious Indian variant.

Bishop Bridgeman CE Primary School in Great Lever is working with the council in taking part in surge testing and will give out polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test kits to pupils.

Members of pupils' families in their households will also be able to pick up testing kits from the Rupert Street premises at the end of the school day as well.

The school want pupils and their fellow household members to take the tests on Monday evening and return the results on Tuesday morning.

But if a child has had a positive test in the last 90 days they should not take part in the surge testing.

In a letter to parents and carers, principal Mrs H Hafeji said: "As you will know from the media, the situation with regard to Covid-19 is becoming serious again in Bolton, particularly the BL3 area.

"On Monday, May 17, we shall be giving out PCR tests to every child in school, and will have tests kits available for families to pick up for the rest of the household at the end of the school day.

"On Monday, you will also receive information of how to register your test kit.

"The expectation is for all family members who live in your household to take the test on Monday evening, and return to school on Tuesday morning.

"All tests should be undertaken using the guidance provided and sealed correctly before its return on Tuesday morning.

"There will be staff waiting to collect your tests with designated boxes on both playgrounds and entrances into the school.

"It is especially important these are collected at the start of the day as the local authority will be arranging collection from school.

"Tests will not be accepted into school after the start of the school day, but they can be dropped off at the local temple on Deane Road."

Mrs Hafeji added: "Please note if your child has had a positive PCR test in the last 90 days they should not take part in the surge testing.

"We will provide all families with more detailed information on Monday to support you with the PCR testing arrangements."