Lateral Flow COVID Testing
Lateral flow testing – what will happen?
Students who have consented to testing will have three 3 lateral flow tests on-site, taken 3 to 5 days apart, upon their return to school. The schedule by year group below explains when you will be tested, it also explains how and where you will be taught. The first test day for your year group is the first day you will attend site. The programme by year group is as follows:
|Date||Year Groups Tested|
|Monday 8 March||Year 13, Year 12 and Keyworkers|
|Tuesday 9 March||Year 11 and Year 10|
|Wednesday 10 March||Year 9 and Year 8|
|Thursday 11 March||Year 7, Year 13 and Year 12|
|Friday 12 March||Year 11 and Year 10|
|Monday 15 March||Year 8 and Year 9|
|Tuesday 16 March||Year 7, Year 13 and Year 12|
|Wednesday 17 March||Year 11 and Year 10|
|Thursday 18 March||Year 9 and Year 8|
|Friday 19 March||Year 7|
Thereafter, consenting students will take 2 lateral flow tests per week, at home.
On site, tests taken on site will occur in the main hall. You will have a member of staff with you to explain how to take the test. There is privacy afforded between students being tested by a screen. Taking the test will last a maximum of 5 minutes from start to end.
What will happen?
- You will be given a card with your name on, it has bar codes that will be used to identify your test and log it on the NHS Test & Trace system
- When asked, you will take your card to one of the booths. We would prefer it if you wore your mask at all times when not taking the test.
- The assistant at the booth will explain how to take the test, what you can expect is as follows:
- To hand your card to the test assistant
- Blow your nose and dispose of the tissue in the bin provided
- Sanitise your hands
- Take the swab from the table where the assistant is
- Carefully remove it from the packet, without touching the cotton end of the swab
- Take a swap from your throat and then your nose (instructions are in the booth and will be explained to you)
- Place the cotton end of the swab into the test tube on the table where the assistant is
You will then go back to your classroom.
After 30 minutes your result will be ready and processed. You will receive confirmation of your result by email.
In the unlikely event that the result is positive, we will come to find you as soon as your result is processed. So there is no need to check emails to see if you have a positive result.
In the case of a positive result, you will be collected from school by a parent. You will need to self-isolate in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for ten days.
If the lateral flow test is negative, you can continue to attend school.
We won’t need to see evidence of a negative test result in order to allow staff and students to attend school. So, if you have not consented to testing, you will attend school as usual.
Testing at home
We are awaiting confirmation of how you will receive your testing kits. Those taking part will test at home twice a week and log their results to the NHS Test and Trace system. You will be provided with a leaflet that explains how to take the test and submit your results.
If you get a positive result, you will need to inform the school and then arrange a confirmation PCR test.
You do not need to inform us of a negative result, just attend school as usual.