Why are we testing people without symptoms of COVID-19?
Up to one in three people who have coronavirus (COVID-19) do not display any symptoms. This follows on from the initial three tests that most students undertook in school after return to school on 8th March.
Is this compulsory?
Testing is voluntary, and we will not prevent students from coming to school if they are not testing. The success of this public health measure depends on as many people participating as possible. Participation in this is very important for us as a community; it is not compulsory, but we are strongly encouraging taking part as that benefits us all in helping to keep us and our families and friends safer.
What is the outline of the process?
Can children and young people swab themselves?
Secondary pupils aged 11 should have the test administered by an adult, and pupils and students aged 12-17 should be supervised by an adult but can swab themselves.
How often do staff and students need to test?
Students should take the test at home twice a week 3-4 days apart. (We would strongly recommend taking the first test of the week on either Sunday evening or Monday morning and then the second test on Wednesday or Thursday).
How effective are these tests?
LFD tests have been widely and successfully used to detect asymptomatic COVID-19 cases. The speed and convenience of the tests supports the detection of the virus in asymptomatic individuals, who would not otherwise have got tested. LFD tests are approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The tests are highly specific, with low chances of false positives. They are also very sensitive and able to identify the majority of the most infectious yet asymptomatic individuals. It is important to remember that these tests are an additional layer of health protection measure in addition to hand washing, face covering and social distancing.
What happens if my child tests positve?
If the test indicates a positive test result it means they are highly likely currently infected with coronavirus and risk infecting others. When you report your result, you will be provided with further information on the next steps to take. Please note, your results will be identified as an LFD (Lateral Flow Device) result on the text message you will receive. You should book a confirmatory PCR test at a local test centre. Please inform the school immediately and do not send your child to school.
What happens if my child's test is void?
If you get a void result, this means that the test has not run correctly. You need to take another test. Use a new test kit, but do not reuse anything from the first kit. If you receive two void tests then please book a PCR test at local test centre and inform the school.
Where do I get my test kits?
Students will be allocated kits during mentor time every few weeks. Some families have already asked if they can have additional kits for testing all family members on a regular basis. These are available for you but from the NHS, local test centre or your employer rather than via the school. You can find out how to access these here Click Here.
Are all staff included in the testing programme, or only teaching staff?
Enough test kits are being supplied for all staff on-site, including support staff, cleaners, catering staff such as those responsible for running breakfast and our sports academies.
What happens to the data I submit to the NHS and the school?
Please read the updated privacy statement for full details of what happens with your data. Click Here
How do I report my child's test results?
Please use the link above to report to the NHS, the link is also in the instruction booklet that students have brought home. It is quicker in the long term for notifying of repeat test results if you create an account with the NHS, you will need a valid email for this. However you can report test result without having an account. For students in Years 7 to 11 please use the Operoo form to report each test result, it can be updated each time they take a test. Students in the Sixth form will be sent links to record their own test results and links can be found above.
My child is struggling to take the tests effectively and/or record the results, is there any other support available?
We will continue to run a small in-school testing facility where the tests are supported as they have been since January. If your child may still need this level of support please contact our Student Services Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens if we have an issue when my child is taking the test?
Who is the school's Covid Coordinator?
Student Services Manager, email@example.com. She is also acting as our Registration Assistant.
My child was not supplied with Covid test kits, is there a reason for this?
Please contact Student Services Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org and we can look into any individual issue. This maybe because we do not yet have the correct consents from the in-school testing processes, your child may have not undertaken tests in school and may need a demo before they undertake them at home, you may have notified us that your child will not be participating in testing or they are in 90 period since they were positive and can't start home testing yet.