NHS Test and Trace: COVID-19 testing for Students
Testing for those without coronavirus symptoms is beginning once again across the country using COVID‑19 tests known as ‘lateral flow devices. This document is to help give you more information about the testing programme in our school.
Up to one third of people who have coronavirus are asymptomatic. By testing we will help to reduce the spread in school and college settings through asymptomatic transmission. We are therefore strongly encouraging those returning to school, to be tested.
Plan for testing
As before, we will be setting up a testing centre school to test all students. The first test will take place prior to students returning to school in September 2021.
All students will be offered 2 COVID19 lateral flow tests, within school. Test will be taken 3-5 days apart.
Timings for the tests will be communicated separately - see this news article for details.
Following testing, the students will bring home a registration containing a bar code, which is linked to their test. Please be aware the test site number you need to input for our school is SMYH
It is important you follow the instructions on the website on the registration card, within 24 hours Please ensure you provide your correct email and / or mobile number, as this is how you will be notified of the test results.
An email/text notification of a positive or negative result will be sent via the online NHS system. However, if your child has tested positive, school will try to contact you as soon as possible.
How the tests work
Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff. The lateral flow tests are quick and easy to undertake and in a change to last time, this will be completed using a double swab of the nose only. Results usually take around half an hour from testing.
What if my child tests positive?
If a pupil tests positive on a lateral flow device, they will need to self-isolate immediately and a confirmatory PCR test arranged. The confirmatory PCR test should be taken within two days of the positive LFD test. If the confirmatory PCR is also positive, please follow guidance from NHS Test and Trace and continue to self-isolate.
If the confirmatory PCR is negative the pupil can stop self-isolating and return to school.
Should for any reason a confirmatory PCR not be obtained, the pupil should self-isolate for 10 days from the result of the positive lateral flow test.
A small number of students may need to repeat the test if their test is invalid or void for some reason. You will be contacted directly by school to arrange this, if required.
What happens if the test is negative?
Pupils who test negative will be able to attend school and resume their activities as normal.
What if staff or students have been in close contact with someone in school who tests positive?
Please follow guidance provided by NHS track and trace and current government guidance.
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 (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 https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
We will support our staff and pupils throughout, but please contact us if you have any questions, please contact the school.
The 90-day window after a positive test
If someone has tested positive with a PCR test, they should not be tested using either PCR or rapid lateral flow tests for 90 days, unless they develop new symptoms during this time – in which case they should be retested immediately using PCR.
This 90-day period is from the initial onset of symptoms or, if asymptomatic when tested, their positive test result.