As part of NHS ‘Test and Trace’, all students can access lateral flow home testing as an important additional control measure against coronavirus. This follows our successful programme of onsite asymptomatic testing in which four out of every five students took part. All testing is free of charge.
Home testing (LFD)
Who is being tested and why?
Home testing is voluntary but strongly recommended. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, testing plays an important role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other. All students will be offered access to home testing.
Moving to home tests
- Students will be given two home test kits when they complete their third (and final) onsite test.
- Students will be given enough tests for the rest of this term and also for a test before coming back after Easter. This means they should take a test on the morning of Tuesday, 20th April. They should not test over the holiday.
IMPORTANT: Tests must only be used by the student and not given to anyone else.
When to do the test
- Tests should be done twice a week, 3 – 4 days apart, typically on Monday and Thursday mornings.
- Tests should ideally be done before coming into school, if this is not possible then the night before. From opening the box to seeing your result, it takes about 40 minutes, so make sure you give yourself enough time. Swabbing only takes about 10 minutes.
Taking a home test
- If you are 11, the test must be done by a parent – the parent must do the swabbing.
- If you are 12 to 16, the test must be supervised by a parent – but the child can self-swab. Students are well practiced in self-swabbing through the onsite programme.
- You must report the results to NHS ‘Test and Trace’.
- You must report either a ‘positive’, ‘negative’ or ‘void’ result. If you take the test, you must report the result.
- You must also report ‘positive’ or ‘void’ results to the school using firstname.lastname@example.org.
Negative results do not need to be reported. If your child tests ‘positive’, you should contact the school office immediately.
Using a confirmatory PCR test
- If your LFT result is ‘void’, you need to do another LFT. If that is also ‘void’ then you must get a confirmatory PCR test and self-isolate until the result is known (Get a free PCR from the NHS).
- If your LFT result is ‘positive’, you must get a confirmatory PCR test (Get a free PCR from the NHS). You must self-isolate and members of your household must also self-isolate.
- If the PCR test is ‘negative’, you and your household can stop self-isolating and you can return to school.
- If the PCR test is ‘positive’, you and your household must continue to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the LFT home test. You must follow government guidance in Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infection. Again, you must tell the school of the outcome of the confirmatory PCR test using email@example.com.
Household testing (LFD)
Test kits sent home by school are for student use only. However, if you are a member of a household, childcare bubble or support bubble for a student or colleague, you can get your own twice weekly test.
This can be through workplace testing, attending a test site, collecting tests from your nearest collection site, or, there will be a supply of rapid tests for order online for those who need them the most. Further details are available at Get a home test kit for your household.
Please note tests cannot be ordered through the school.