Covid Testing Programme
Lateral Flow Tests In School
We are working to keep our school as safe as possible. As you are aware secondary schools have been instructed to conduct mass testing. Mass testing will allow asymptomatic cases to be identified and appropriate action taken to enhance the safety of our whole school community.
In order to prepare for when schools are allowed to re-open, if you are happy for your child to be tested it is essential that you complete the consent form here (once per student) to register your child for the testing programme.
Is the test compulsory?
The test is voluntary however we would encourage everyone to take advantage of our programme.
Who will be undertaking the testing?
Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat. For under 18s, staff can oversee the swab process.
When will we receive the results?
Results (which take around half an hour from testing) will be shared directly with staff and pupils participating. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed.
Do I have to pay for my child to be tested?
Testing will be offered free of charge.
What if a student tests positive?
Participating staff and students who test positive will be informed about their results individually. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be notified. Guidance on safe travel and additional precautions will be provided along with test results.
Students will need to take a further ‘PCR test’ (similar to those done in local and regional testing sites) on the same day (or as soon as possible). The academy will be able to provide these PCR test kits to perform at home or you can go to www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119 to book a follow-up test. If ordering a PCR test yourselves, they should choose to visit a drive-through test site if possible, as it is faster than requesting a home test.
During this time while they wait for the PCR result (via text / email) they will need to self-isolate.
If the PCR test returns a positive result you will have to self-isolate and follow the guidance from NHS Test and Trace.
What happens if the test is negative?
Students will be able to stay in school/college and resume their activities as normal.
What if my child develops symptoms?
This testing programme at school is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (such as a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate, and book a test by calling 119 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or 0300 303 2713 (Scotland) or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.