Home Testing Information
NHS Test and Trace: Rapid Self-Testing for Students
The majority of students have now undertaken their in-school testing for Covid-19. The last remaining tests will take place on Monday and Tuesday. We have been impressed by how quickly, calmly and maturely the students have performed the testing which is so important to identify asymptomatic, infectious individuals.
We are now beginning to issue the home test kits which students will perform themselves.
Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests have been widely and successfully used to detect Covid-19 in asymptomatic individuals. No test is perfect, but the speed and convenience of LFD tests supports detection of the virus in asymptomatic individuals who would not otherwise be tested. They are clinically approved and are crucial in the fight against the virus. As the tests are more sensitive with higher viral loads, there is a risk of returning a negative result when viral loads are low (e.g. in the early stages of infection). This is why Public Health England recommend two LFD tests 3 to 4 days apart, or regular testing, to enhance detection by picking up any cases which were not detected during the first test and to catch any new infections.
It’s a simple swab test you can do at home, using a Lateral Flow Device (LFD). It takes around 30 minutes to find out if you have the virus.
How the tests work
Students will be issued from school the LFD test kits which enable self-testing from home. Full instruction on how to use the kit will also be given to you. These instructions replace the ones that are included within the pack. Each pack contains 3 LFD tests.
Students will conduct the test, before coming into school, twice a week. The LFDs supplied do not require laboratory processing and can provide a quick result in around 30 minutes. Comprehensive guidance on self-testing is contained in the ‘Instructions for Use’ leaflet which comes with the test kit. There is also a useful video to show you how to administer the test.
Once the test has been conducted you will log the test result online at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result and need to also, separately, inform school of the test result. You will also receive a text or email notification of a positive or negative result from NHS Test & Trace. Tests are free of charge and will be provided by the school. To log the result with the Academy please complete our quick form here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please read the “How to log a result” sheet for further assistance on logging results.
When will kits be issued?
Year 10, 11 & EA6 will be issued their kits on Monday 15th March
Year 9 will be issued their kits on Tuesday 16th March
Year 7 & 8 will be issued their kits on Wednesday 17th March
The kits will contain enough tests for twice weekly testing from now until the Easter holidays, 2nd April 2021.
Consent & Privacy
Once you understand the testing process and read the privacy notice, if you choose to participate, you are committing to your child self-administering the test and providing the results. You should ensure that you provide your child’s results (positive, negative or void) to NHS Test and Trace via the self-report gov.uk page. Results should also be shared with the Academy to support local contact tracing. Log your result with the Academy here.
Participation in testing is voluntary. Students who decline to participate can still attend school if not symptomatic. Kits will only be issued to those students who consented to the in-school testing. If your child decides they no longer wish to be tested please let us know so we can remove them from our lists. Equally, if your child did not participate in testing in school, but now wants a home test kit please let us know. Students who decline to participate in this testing programme should follow the usual national guidelines on self-isolation and anyone should get tested if they show symptoms.
We will support our students throughout the testing but let us know if you have any questions.
Gurjit Kaur Shergill