Covid home testing
This page contains information about two important things:
- Home testing kits for students.
- How other people in the same household can order their own home testing kits.
Home testing kits for students
Firstly, thank you for your support with the asymptomatic testing that is ongoing currently. As part of the next stage, we will begin issuing students with home test kits following the third test in school for their year group.
Students will each receive 2 packs of home test kits (each pack contains 3 LFD tests, so students will get 6 tests in total - enough for 3 weeks), with a leaflet on how to take the test and report the results. Future home testing kits will be given out during form time.
Students will be given home test kits when they have their third test in school.
Tests are free of charge.
When should students take the test?
We would like students to take 2 tests a week, before they come into school, 3-4 days apart.
As the results take 30 minutes and there is preparation time, it is key that students and families give themselves enough time to complete the tests. Preferably this would be in the morning before coming into school, however we understand that this may be challenging. Therefore, tests can be taken the evening before school if needed. Ideally students should follow one of the following timetables:
- Sunday Evening Test followed by Wednesday Evening Test
- Monday Morning Test followed by Thursday Morning Test
Taking the test
Students should take the test, before coming into school twice a week, with 3-4 days between each test.
We will give students a leaflet with instructions on how to do the test with the kit (please use this one rather than the one inside the box which has errors in it).
There is also a useful video by Mrs Moore which you can watch:
Or you can watch the official NHS video here.
Help and support is available, including instructions in different languages on how to test and report the results and a video showing you how to take the test. Students will also receive further guidance during form time on Wednesday.
There is no need to keep used test equipment after the test result has been reported. You can put it in your normal bin (household waste).
What should you do after the home lfd test?
To contact the school for any of the above instances, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you or anyone in your household gets symptoms of the virus you should follow the national guidelines on self-isolation and testing.
A negative result does not guarantee that you are not carrying the virus. So, you should continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands and observing social distancing.
How to report your test results to NHS Test and Trace
Please use the NHS website for reporting home LRD tests here.
You do this for EVERY test, whether the results is positive or negative.
Remember to also tell the school if the results is positive (as per the grid above).
Why testing is important
Taking part in home testing is voluntary and all students will be able to attend school whether they take part in testing or not. However, we encourage all students to take part, as testing at home will allow all our students to attend school more safely and will also help to reduce the spread of the virus amongst our community.
Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns about home testing.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
You can read all of the privacy notices on our Trust policies page here, which cover how your data will be handled.
home Testing kits for families
You can order kits to test everyone else in your household because you have a child at school.
A test kit contains 7 tests. You can order one test kit per household each day.
A flatshare or house share counts as a household.
Who this service is for?
You can only use this service if:
- you’re 18 or older
- you live in England
- you do not have coronavirus symptoms
- you have not been told to self-isolate
- you or someone in your household, childcare or support bubble attends a primary school, a nursery, a secondary school, a sixth form, a college, or works at one
- you cannot get tests from a test site or your work
Ordering for someone else
If you’re ordering for someone else, for example a relative in your bubble, you should:
- do it separately from your household order
- use their contact details
Other ways to get a rapid lateral flow test
You can also:
- find a local site to get tested at
- find a local site where you can collect tests
- get tests from your employer (if you cannot work from home).
New local collection sites are being set up - try again if you cannot find one at first.
You can collect 2 test kits on each visit to a collection site (14 individual tests).
When should others in the household take the test?
If you’re going to a school, nursery or college premises, or someone in your household or support or childcare bubble is, the rest of your household or bubble should:
- take a rapid lateral flow test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days)
- report the rapid lateral flow test results the day they take the test.
If a pupil or member of staff tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, they should tell the school, nursery or college and make sure the person:
Do not use this service if you have symptoms
Do not go to a test site if you’ve been told to self-isolate.
You should not go to a test site if you have any of these symptoms:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Order a test for people with symptoms online or call 119.
How rapid lateral flow tests work
Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms.
Rapid lateral flow tests help to find cases in people who may have no symptoms but are still infectious and can give the virus to others.
The test usually involves taking a sample from your tonsils (or where they would have been) and from your nose, using a swab. You can get a result in 30 minutes.
Order by phone
If you’re eligible but you cannot order online, call 119.
Lines are open 7am to 11pm and calls are free.
Some frequently asked questions about student home testing
Do I need to give consent?
Students and parents do not give written consent to take part in the home testing programme. You can read all of the privacy notices on our Trust policies page here, which cover how your data will be handled.
Once you open the kit you should take and report the results of the tests to NHS Test & Trace and school, regardless of the result (positive, negative, or void).
Can my child take the test themselves?
Students aged 18 and over should do the test themselves and report the result, with help if they need it.
Students aged 12-17 should do the test themselves with adult supervision. The adult may help the student to take the test if they need support.
Students aged 11 must be tested by an adult and the adult must report the result.
Reporting problems or issues with testing
If there is an issue with the test kit, for example something is missing, please report it by calling 119 and please also tell the school.
If an accident or injury happens whilst using the test kit, please seek medical care by calling 111 (or 999 if it is an emergency). Please also report what happened using this website: https://coronavirus-yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/
What type of tests will be used?
We will be sending home Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests. They are a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus.
The tests are easy to use and give results in 30 minutes.
Are LFD tests accurate?
Lateral Flow Devices identify people who are likely to be infectious. These individuals tend to spread the virus to many people and so identifying them through this test is important.
These tests have been widely and successfully used to detect COVID-19 in asymptomatic individuals and are approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The speed and convenience of the tests supports the detection of the virus in asymptomatic individuals, who would not otherwise have got tested.
The tests are highly specific, with low chance of false positives. They are also very sensitive and are able to identify the majority of the most infectious yet asymptomatic individuals. Extensive evaluation has been carried out on the tests and it shows that they are both accurate and sensitive enough to be used in the community for screening and surveillance purposes.
It is important to remember that these tests are only an aid to help stop the spread of the virus and you should continue to follow other guidance such as on wearing face coverings and social distancing.
How are LFD tests different to PCR tests?
There are 2 main types of test to check if you have coronavirus:
polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests check for the genetic material (RNA) of the virus in the sample - you send the sample for processing at a lab
lateral flow device (LFD) tests detect proteins called ‘antigens’ produced by the virus
LFD tests give rapid results, in 30 minutes after taking the test.
What does it mean if my child has a positive result?
If your child has a positive antigen LFD test result they, their household and any support bubbles they are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days. You need to report your result to both NHS Test & Trace and your school.
You should order a confirmatory PCR test if you are testing at home (confirmatory PCR tests are not needed if the test was conducted at the Asymptomatic Test Site at school.
You can book a test here.
What does it mean if my child has a negative result?
A negative result does not guarantee that your child is not carrying the virus. So, you should continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands.
What if my child has a void result?
If the result of the test is unclear (void), they should take another one. If the next test is also void, your child should take a PCR test. You can book a test here.
All test results need to be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and school.
Do I need to send the test to a lab?
No. The LFDs supplied do not need to be sent to a laboratory to get a result and can give a quick result in around 30 minutes. Guidance on self-testing is contained in the ‘Instructions for Use’ leaflet, which comes with the test kit. There is also a useful video to show you how to take the test here.
Can I or someone else in my household use a test kit sent home from school?
No, however whole families and households with primary school, secondary school, and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, will be able to test themselves twice every week from home. This testing can be accessed through the following channels:
Get a rapid test at work, through workplace testing. Ask your employer for more information.
Attend a test site to get tested where you will be able to see how to take the test or pick up tests to do at home (you can find your nearest test site via the postcode checker www.gov.uk/find-covid-19-lateral-flow-test-site or check your local council website).
Collect tests to do at home, find your nearest collection site COVID Test Finder (test-and-trace.nhs.uk)
If these options are not possible, there will be a supply of rapid tests for order online for people who need them the most. More information can be found on www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
How will personal information and test results be shared?
When your child takes a Lateral Flow test, you need to report the result. This is so that their test result can be traced, which means that you need to share some information about your child.
You need to tell the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC):
- your child’s name
- your child’s test result
- the reference number on the test Kit
You will also need to tell your child’s school or college their test result if it is positive.
Under UK law, your child’s school or college can collect and store test result data because it is in the ‘public interest’. This means that your child’s data helps us to stop the spread of the virus, and to keep your children in school. For example, we will tell your child to self-isolate if they get a positive test result.
Schools and colleges will only share information with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) if the test kits used are found to be faulty. If this happens, DHSC will use our information to contact people who used the faulty tests, so that they can be tested again. This will ensure that testing is accurate and helps keep us all safe.
When you report test results online, you are sharing information with DHSC. They may share the information with your GP, local government, NHS, and Public Health England. This is so that they can offer your family health services and guidance if your child needs to self-isolate. They might also use your child’s data anonymously (without their name or contact information) to research COVID-19, and improve our understanding of the virus.
You can read all of the privacy notices on our Trust policies page here, which cover how your personal data will be handled.