LFD Testing at Home
We are currently phasing in new testing kits to students across Secondary Phase, these are the Flowflex home testing kits which use nasal swabs only. Each testing kit will come with instructions of how to administer the test, and we have also added a useful video below which explains the process.
Results should continue to be reported via the GOV website and using our school MS Form.
On this page you will find lots of useful guidance and walk-through videos below to assist your child with their LFD test.
The distribution of COVID-19 Self Tests
All students in Secondary Phase are regularly given home testing kits and we are currently phasing in the new Flowflex test kits, students may continue to still receive the old NHS Self Test Kits whilst we phase these in. If for any reason your child has not collected a pack, they can collect them from their year group office base.
All schools have been asked to maintain a small on-site testing centre, and we are aware that home testing may not be appropriate from some students. If a student is unable to use the test kits at home but want to still be involved, please email Mrs Jewell, email@example.com and we will organise testing on-site as an alternative.
Registering your LFD Self Test
All test results need to be reported via the GOV website, or by phone by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines), every time students take a test, even if the result is negative or void.
We are also required to keep a register of results in school, as we don’t have access to the NHS database. Please can parents therefore ensure their child's test result is also reported to us using the following MS Form after each test: https://forms.office.com/r/nywpCHEhGW
Government guidance confirms that "Pupils aged 18 and over should self-test and report the result, with assistance if needed. Adolescents aged 12 to 17 should self-test and report with adult supervision. The adult may conduct the test if necessary. Children aged 11 attending a secondary school should be tested by an adult".
Guidance on how to complete a COVID-19 Self Test -
We have posted below a video that provide guidance on how to complete self testing at home which we hope you will find helpful.
This video provides a step-by-step guide of how to complete a COVID-19 self test using the new Flowflex test kit.
The video above details how to complete a COVID-19 self test using the NHS kits.
When should students do the testing? Mornings vs evening?
Is weekend testing allowed?
Staff and students should test twice weekly before coming into school, ideally in the morning. If they cannot take the test in the morning, they should take it as soon as possible before coming into school. It would be sensible to test on the same two days, Sunday and Wednesday evening or Monday and Thursday morning for example.
Useful guides from NHS regarding home testing:
We understand the process of home testing can be quite daunting, but we hope this webpage provides parents, carers and students with useful guidance and information to prepare them for the home testing process. We have also attached below some useful resources to help explain the stages of how to administer and process the test on behalf of the UK Government and NHS, as well as some FAQs relating to self testing.