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Following our onsite testing programme, all students are now provided with Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) to undertake testing at home. Along with the other protective measures we are taking throughout the school, continued testing will help your child and our wider school community to work and learn in as safe an environment as possible.  

Up to one third of people who have coronavirus are asymptomatic. By testing regularly, we can each do our bit to help reduce the spread of COVID19 in our school, through asymptomatic transmission. 

We therefore strongly encourage every student to undertake home testing, where possible. 

Testing using lateral flow device (LFD) tests 

If you test positive using an LFD, it is likely that you are infectious at that moment, whereas people testing positive on a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or lab-processed test could be in the less infectious early or late stages of disease. This means that by using the Lateral Flow Device test we can identify people with a high viral load who are the most likely to spread the virus further. A negative LFD result should not be read as a means to relax or ignore social distancing or other virus prevention measures intended to reduce transmission – LFD is an additional tool that contributes to reducing risk.  The LFD tests are clinically approved and are crucial in the fight against the virus. In order to reduce the spread of the virus, and to identify asymptomatic individuals, students from this week will carry out tests at home, twice every week, 3-4 days apart. 

In the panel to the right of this page you will find a series of useful documents.

It is important to remember that although we have nominated set days for testing, if your child shows symptoms of Covid-19, they can take a test at any time.

By your child taking the test kits from school premises, they each have an obligation to report their results, which we are sure they and/or you will do. More information on how to report a test result is outlined below. 

 

Taking the test 

Students should take the test twice a week, on a Monday and Thursday. Where feasible, testing should be undertaken in the morning before leaving for school. However, given the wait time of 30 minutes per test, we understand that some students may find this challenging. Therefore, tests can be taken and reported the evening before school, if needed.  

Parents are reminded that children aged 12 to 17 years of age can administer the test themselves.  Children 12 years and under should be tested by an adult.  We have provided students with a leaflet containing instructions on how to take the test. There is also a useful video to show you how to take the test hereHelp and support is available, including instructions in different languages on how to complete a test and how to report the results.   

There is no need to keep used test equipment after the test result has been reported. You can put it in to your normal bin (household waste).  It is important that tests assigned to your child are not used by anyone else. Information about how other family members can access rapid testing can be found here

We have been issuing all students who wish to take part in the testing process with a box of Lateral Flow Device test kits. We will issue further tests before the Half Term break. It is very important that any test kits issued are only used by your child and are not shared with anyone else. 

 

What should you do after the test? 

If your child tests positive you, your household and any support bubbles you are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance, for 10 days.  

In the event of a positive home test result, you should order a confirmatory PCR test.  If the result of the test is unclear (void) you should do another test.  Positive, Negative and Void results should all be reported to both the school and NHS Test and Trace. 

A negative result does not guarantee that you are not carrying the virus. So, you should continue to follow social distancing guidance and other measures to reduce transmission, such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands. 

Thank you to those families who have been recording the results on both the TestRegister and the Government website. Please note that the TestRegister site allows us to track who requires a testing kit.

If you cannot find any emails to register results, please visit https://testregister.co.uk/ and click LOGIN. You will then be sent an activation code to login and record the result.

Please encourage your child(ren) to continue testing twice weekly, so that we can keep our school community safe.

When registering a result, you will be asked a series of simple questions before being directed to a link to register the result with NHS Track and Trace.  It is very important that both the school and NHS Track and Trace are informed of the results for each test. 

  • If your child’s test result is negative you need do no more than register the result, which will be logged, thank you.      
  • If, however, your child’s test result is positive, you and your family must immediately self-isolate and order a confirmatory PCR test, to confirm your home test result.   
  • If positive you will be contacted by the school to confirm they have received the result and to remind you to book a PCR test immediately.  The school will also start to employ their track and trace system to make sure others are notified and to keep others safe.   

If you need support with Test Register, or have any general testing queries that cannot be answered on our website, please email

 

 

 

Please see video tour of the test centre here:

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How Lateral Flow Testing Works

 

Lateral Flow Testing

 

Report a Positive Covid-19 Test