We strongly support that as a school community, we must use all of the tools available to us to combat the transmission of COVID-19. These tools range from vaccination, symptomatic testing, improving medicines, self-isolation regulations and non-pharmaceutical interventions like hands-face-space. Asymptomatic testing is a further and critical tool to help mitigate the transmission of COVID-19.
On its own, asymptomatic testing will not prevent the transmission of COVID-19 but used with the other tools available (to us) it will help us to:
- Identify and help to prevent staff and students without symptoms from transmitting and spreading the virus unknowingly.
- Allow us to operate as safely as possible by self-isolating those that are the most contagious as soon as is practical.
Asymptomatic testing is done via simple and quick tests, known as ‘Lateral Flow Device’ (LFD) tests. They enable us to rapidly test students and staff, without the need for a laboratory. No test is 100% accurate, but when done as part of a testing regime is very good at picking up those with high viral loads (i.e. those that are the most contagious).
Please refer to the ‘Lateral Flow Testing – Information Guide’ for full information about the testing process. Consent must be explicitly given – please complete the electronic form that has been sent through My Ed App for each child. We have now completed initial tests for students returning to school and the following schedule is now confirmed for students to have test 2 and 3:
|Thursday 11 March||Year 11 – Test 2 Year 13 – Test 3 Year 10 – Test 2|
|Friday 12 March||Year 12 – Test 3 Year 7 – Test 2 Year 8 – Test 2|
|Monday 15 March||Year 9 – Test 2 Year 7 – Test 3|
|Tuesday 16 March||Year 11 – Test 3 Year 8 – Test 3`|
|Wednesday 17 March||Year 10 – Test 3|
|Thursday 18 March||Year 9 – Test 3|
Students will be provided with home test kits on Friday 19 March. Please disregard the instruction guide within the box and refer to the separate booklet issued to your child. We recommend that from Sunday 21 March, students are tested twice a week every Sunday and Wednesday evening. Please refer to the ‘Lateral Flow Testing – Home Testing Information Guide’ for full details. We will continue to issue test kits to students every three weeks.
You may find it useful to watch this video before supervising the first test with your child https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvaBZskxS7tzQYlVg7lwH5uxAD9UrSzGJ.
Parents/carers are required to report each test result, whether it is positive, negative or void to school and to NHS Test and Trace. All results must be reported. To report each test result to school, please scan this QR code (which is also on external test kit boxes) and complete the online form. This data will be stored on the schools ‘COVID-19 Test Register’.
You are also required to visit the Government website https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result and report each test result to NHS Test and Trace.
Please refer to the ‘Privacy Statement’ for full details of what data will be collected and processed.
Please send any queries relating to lateral flow testing to email@example.com