Lateral Flow Tests (LFD) Testing at Home
Up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing. This is because they have no symptoms. To reduce the spread of the virus, we need to identify those individuals. We can do this in schools by carrying out tests at home twice every week, 3-4 days apart.
Testing students at home
Taking part in testing is voluntary and all children will be able to attend school whether they take part or not. We hope that the option to take the test in the morning or the evening will support families to test at home. We would like them to take their tests on Sunday evening/Monday morning AND Wednesday evening/Thursday morning.
If you think that it is appropriate for your child to be tested at home, please refer to the Student Home Testing Letter, complete and return the slip to school so that test kits can be given to your child.
Tests are free of charge. Your child will receive a pack of 3 tests in a box with a leaflet on how to take the test and report the results.
Please also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions and Privacy Notice, both of which are available on the school website. If you would like a printed copy of these documents, please request one from the school office.
Taking the test
Your child should take the test twice a week; a leaflet giving instructions on how to do the test will be given with the test kit. There is also a useful video to show you how to take the test here.
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.
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).
What should you do after the LFD test?
If the result of the test is unclear (void) you should do another test.
ALL results need to be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and to school.
The result of each test needs to be reported using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.
You will also need to tell the school the result of each test, a text will be sent on Sunday (for Sunday/Monday results) and Wednesday (for Wednesday/Thursday results). Please just simply reply to this text with ‘Positive’, ‘Negative’ or ‘Void’.
Staff and students are still encouraged to test twice weekly and if they test positive, they should self-isolate. Anyone with a positive test can test again from day 5, if they receive 2 negative tests, 24 hours apart, they can end isolation and return to school. If they continue to test positive, they will need to isolate for 10 days; they can then return to school as the infectious period has ended.
A negative result does not guarantee that you are not carrying the virus. You should continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands and observing social distancing.
Please contact Mary Jackson our COVID Coordinator, if you have any questions or concerns about home testing.