LFD Testing at Home
Following the launch of rapid asymptomatic COVID-19 testing on-site, we are delighted to report that since Monday 8 March we have completed 5,539 tests; we have recorded just 2 positive results.
The government is now focusing on the roll out of twice weekly home testing for secondary aged students, as students have completed 3 LFD tests on-site. We hope that our on-site testing provision has allowed students to gain an understanding of how these tests are completed and to feel both at ease and confident whilst administering their own swab.
The distribution of COVID-19 Self Tests
We are now in a position to distribute all self test kits. Students will be given test kits on either Wednesday 17th March or Thursday 18th March. If they are not in school on either of these days, they can collect them from their year group office base on Friday.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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/gAaMxnnH2g
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 two videos below 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 self test by Dr Amir Khan.
Vice Principal Mr Wakefield has recorded a useful video which talks through what is included in the Self Test Kit box, when to take your test and other important information to help students when taking their test.
Please note: Students should test twice weekly, ideally in the evening as indicated in the video. If they don't take the test during an evening,
then they should take it as soon as possible in the morning, allowing plenty of time before coming into school at their usual time. It would be sensible to test on the same two days. Monday and Thursday 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.