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.
Plan for testing
We will be looking to test all staff and KS3 school student’s week commencing 8th March 2021. As per the government guidelines we will administer the test twice a week, week commencing 8th March, three days apart. then once in the following week and from then on the students can test at home.
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.
What if my child tests positive?
If a pupil tests positive on a lateral flow device at school, they will be informed immediately by [school/college] and will need to isolate, along with the people they live with for 10 days. This should be on the same day or as soon as possible afterwards.
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 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.
More information is available here https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-51643556