Regular Asymptomatic Lateral Flow Device Testing at Home
Please refer to the information in the parent letter below for detailed information about the home testing. The video below shows step by step how to carry out the test at home.
Home tests should be carried out twice per week on Sunday and Wednesday early evening. All results need to be reported to school as soon as possible after the test using the following links:
- Link to report POSITIVE home test results to school.
- Link to report NEGATIVE and VOID home test results to school.
- In addition to reporting results to school, you should also report results to NHS Test and Trace using this link
We are working hard to keep our school and local community as safe as possible. 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 help to do this in schools by carrying out tests at home twice every week, 3-4 days apart.
Any tests taken at home which return a positive result will require a follow up confirmatory PCR test from a test centre. If the follow up PCR test is negative, the student/staff member can return to school.
Regular Asymptomatic Testing at Home Documents
How to carry out the home test
Additional help and support is available here, including instructions in different languages on how to test and report the results and a video showing you how to take the test.
Asymptomatic Lateral Flow Device Testing in School
Now that school has fully reopened, we will continue with the testing programme across the wider school community. Students will be tested three times, with 3 to 5 days between each test. These tests are voluntary and ‘offered’ to students as optional as part of an ongoing programme. Consent for these tests can be withdrawn at any point. After the third test in school, students will be provided with a home testing kit to be able to carry out a test at home twice per week. There will be a limited amount of capacity for tests to be carried out in school for students who are unable to test at home.
If a result comes back positive parents are telephoned as soon as the result comes through, which is around 30 minutes after the test. All negative results are sent through the NHS which will be later in the day when the results are uploaded. Those who receive a negative test result from an LFD test must still follow social distancing guidance, wear face coverings when appropriate and wash their hands regularly.
The test is carried out by self-swabbing. Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat. There is an instructional leaflet with some more information of how the test is carried out below. If you feel that your child would benefit from a parent or carer administering the test, please do let us know as we will be able to accommodate this.
If you are happy for your child to take part in the testing programme, please complete the consent form by following this link, a paper copy of the consent form is available on request. If your child has already turned 16 he/she should complete the consent form themselves. If your child has been attending school and you have already provided consent you do not need to complete the consent form again.
Covid-19 Testing Documents
The lateral flow device rapid testing programme in school is only for individuals who are NOT displaying any symptoms of Covid-19. If your child develops symptoms at any time (such as a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) you MUST NOT send them into school. Your household must immediately self-isolate, and book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
How to take the self swab sample
Trained staff will guide the students step by step through the process at a pace that suits the individual, here is a video to show how the self swab sample is taken.
The testing centre at Alder