Important Information on Lateral Flow Testing

Dear all,

Lateral flow testing will help to reduce the spread in school and college settings as they are able to identify asymptomatic carriers of Covid-19.
Testing is not compulsory, and students are not prevented from returning to school if they choose not to consent to testing.

Students, for whom consent is given for testing, will have three COVID tests in school; each one will be 3 to 5 days apart. This will be followed up with home testing kits for students – further information about home testing will be sent out about this once the students have returned to school.

How the tests work:

Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff and volunteers. The lateral flow tests are quick and easy to undertake, using a swab of the nose and throat. Results are available after around 30mins.
We will inform the student and parents/carers of a positive test result immediately. Arrangements must be made to have the child picked up immediately.

Registration with NHS/HM Government:

You will receive a text or email notification of a positive or negative result from the online NHS system by registering on the system within 24 hours of the test taking place.
Students will be given a registration card at the time of their test to enable you to do this – the card will have a barcode on it. The registration card will have a QR code and a link – either of them can be used to register the barcode that is linked to your result. The test site ID is CHCS.

A positive result:

If a student tests positive on a lateral flow device, you will be contacted on confirmation of the result (results take around 30mins) and arrangements must be made to have the child picked up immediately. The child, along with all members of their household will need to self­ isolate for 10 days and follow government and NHS Test and Trace guidelines.

A void result:

If a student completes a test and the result is void the student must repeat the test. They will be informed immediately of the need to retake the test. Students may need to return to school to complete a retest if they are not on site.

A negative result:

Parents will not be informed of a negative result by school. A negative result will be confirmed by registering with the online system described above.

Close contacts:

Staff or students have been in close contact with someone in school who tests positive will continue to be notified by school. Close contacts of a positive case will need to self-isolate for 10 days as per government guidance.

What if my child develops symptoms?
Lateral flow testing in school is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (including 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 or visiting
Timetable and arrangements for Test 1:

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Students must come into school via pupil entrance 5 minutes before their allocated time. They must be in full school uniform and bring a pen. Staff will be there to greet the children and direct them to
registration and testing.

We can only test those pupils who we have on the Consent Register. For accuracy, registration must be completed by Thursday by using this link

Please do not send your child into school for testing without preregistering.

It is recommended that parents prepare the children to take the test by discussing the purpose and process of the testing at home prior to the appointment in school. Staff are available to support them as best as we can, but we cannot do the procedure for the children.

All students must follow social distancing rules and wear a face mask.

Students will return to normal face to face teaching the day after their first negative lateral flow test.

The second and third tests will be completed during the normal school day, with subsequent tests being done at home. Please contact school immediately if you wish to withdraw consent for future testing.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact with the school office.

Yours faithfully

Mrs A. Riley
Deputy Head Pastoral

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