Lateral Flow Testing
Up to one third of people who have coronavirus are asymptomatic. By testing we will help to reduce the spread in school and college settings through asymptomatic transmission. I am therefore strongly encouraging those returning to school to be tested.
Plan for testing
We will be looking to test all staff and secondary school key worker and vulnerable student’s week commencing 11th January 2021. As per the government guidelines we will administer the test twice next week three days apart.
In addition, any staff member or student who has come into contact with positive cases in our school can be tested daily for seven days to allow them to remain in school.
I attach an instructional leaflet with some more information.
If you are happy for your child to be tested, please fill in the details on the parentmail form which we have sent to you.
As a school we are obliged to keep a record of those who have been tested, and the outcome of each test. To comply with GDPR, we require your consent to keep and process the following data in school, as a result of taking the LFT:
- Student name and form group
- Lateral Flow Test identification barcode number
- Outcome of each lateral flow test
As part of the registration process when undertaking each test, the NHS website will collect similar information, and will also seek your consent. The LFT barcode identification number and the test outcome will also be uploaded to the NHS Test and Trace service.
How the tests work
Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff and volunteers. The lateral flow tests are quick and easy to undertake, using a swab of the nose and throat. Results (which take around half an hour from testing) will be shared directly with the individual participant. The [school/college] will inform the [pupil/student] of a positive test result. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed. The [pupil/student] will also receive a [text/email] notification of a positive or negative result from the online NHS system. Tests are free of charge and I enclose a leaflet with further information.
What if my child tests positive?
If a pupil tests positive on a lateral flow device, they will be informed immediately by [school/college] and will need to take a further ‘PCR test’ to confirm the result. This should be on the same day or as soon as possible afterwards. [School/college] will be able to provide these PCR test kits to perform at home.
During the time while waiting for the PCR result (via text/email) they will need to self-isolate.
If the PCR test returns a positive result they will have to continue to self-isolate and follow the guidance from NHS Test and Trace.
What happens if the test is negative?
While a small number of pupils may need to repeat the test if the first test was invalid or void for some reason, pupils who test negative will be able to stay in [school/college] and resume their activities as normal. Pupils will be informed of negative test results via text/email. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed.
What if staff or students have been in close contact with someone in [school/college] who tests positive?
The staff member or student will be notified that they are a close contact by the [school/college]. If close contacts agree to be tested each day for a maximum period of 7 days, and they test negative every day, they will be allowed to remain in [school/college]. There may be instances where close contacts are also contacted by NHS Test and Trace. In this instance they should notify NHS Test and Trace that they are a close contact through [school/college] and are participating in daily contact testing.
What if my child develops symptoms?
This testing programme at [school/college] is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (including a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate, and book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
We will support our staff and pupils throughout, but please contact us if you have any questions. You can contact the office.