Lateral Flow Testing
We will administer 3 tests for students in school between 8th March and 19th March. In the week commencing 22nd March we will issue lateral flow tests for the use at home.
Further information about how to do this will be issued at a later date.
The purpose of lateral flow testing is to identify positive cases of covid-19 within asymptomatic individuals. The test is only appropriate for asymptomatic individuals. Any member of the school community displaying symptoms of covid-19 should self isolate and arrange a PCR test.
With the use of the lateral flow test the quality of ‘swabbing’ determines how accurate the test will be, so the 3 tests in school will give students a chance to practice swabbing, supported by our team who have been administering lateral flow tests since January.
Lateral Flow Testing at School: FAQs
Home use of the LFT for Students
During the week commencing the 15th March, we will start to distribute LFT kits to students to start the testing program at home. For this to happen we need to ask you to ‘opt in’ to the home testing program so we are only providing kits to students who are going to test at home. As with the consent this will be completed through the Arbor parent app.
We will distribute the kits at the end of the day (either in tutor time or session 4). Students are to put the kits in their bag and not get them out until they get home. There are no dangerous substances in the kits, but it’s important the kits are not damaged in transit. Tests are free of charge. Students will receive 2 packs each containing 3 tests in a box with a leaflet on how to take the test and report the results.
We would like students to take their tests before school on Monday and Thursday. Preferably this would be in the morning before going into school. However, we understand that for some people this may be challenging. Therefore, tests can be taken the evening before school, Sunday and Wednesday, if needed. You need to report test results through this link to a google survey, and record them into the NHS test and trace system (a link to this site is in the instructions and on the schools website).
Help and support is available, including instructions in different languages on how to test and report the results and a video showing you how to take the test. We have developed an area of our website to support this.
- There is no need to keep used test equipment after the test result has been reported. You can put it in your normal bin (household waste).
- If anyone tests positive, you, your household or any support bubbles you are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days.
- You should then order a confirmatory PCR test if you are testing at home, kits are also available from the school.
- If the result of the test is unclear (void) you should do another test.
- This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you should self- isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines. Negative and void results should be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and the school.
Lateral Flow Testing for Parents, Households and Family ‘Bubbles’
Regular rapid testing is now also available for parents, their households and support or childcare bubbles. The government is encouraging all families to participate in twice weekly testing to help stop the spread. We know from our conversations with parents in recent weeks many of you are testing as part of your job. If you would like to access tests you can do this by:
- Ordering tests online on this link
- Getting an assisted test at work, if it is available
- Attending a test site to get tested (where you will be able to see how to take the test) or pick up tests to do at home.
To limit the number of people accessing the school site we are unable to dispense testing kits to parents and their families from the school site.