Dear Parents, Carers and Students,Â
COVID-19 Home TestingÂ
Thank you for your continued support with testing; our students continue to be fantastic in the way they have completed the tests.Â
We hope that the three tests they are having in school will have prepared them for the tests they are now being asked by the Government to complete at home. These home tests are voluntary, but we are hoping that as many students as possible will complete them to help keep our school community safe.Â
On Tuesday 23rd March, students will be given their home test kits in tutor time at the end of the day. If they are absent, we will ensure that on their return they are provided with their packs. Students will receive two packs containing three tests each, a total of six tests. They will also receive an updated instruction booklet as unhelpfully the one in the box is outdated.
There is also a useful video to show you how to take the test click here.Â
The guidelines are that these tests should be completed every 3-4 days, so we are asking students to complete their tests at the following times, this includes during the Easter holidays:Â
On our return to school, students will be provided with another two boxes of test kits in readiness for testing on Wednesday 21st April. If you run out of test kits before this date you will need to order/collect more. More details regarding this can be found here.Â
These tests do not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test click here and follow national guidelines.Â
What should you do after the test? 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).Â
The schools postcode is SO30 4EJ for the NHS Test and Trace website or search Wildern School
If anyone tests positive, you, your household and any support bubbles you are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days, and you should order a confirmatory PCR test click here:Â
The Government have said: â€˜All positive results from rapid tests undertaken at home do need to be confirmed with a standard PCR test. This is because these tests are not conducted in a controlled environment and will not have trained staff on hand. Following a positive LFD test at home, a confirmatory PCR test should be booked online or by calling 119. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the student and their close contacts should self-isolate. If the PCR test is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test (at home only) and a child can return to school.â€™
If the result of the test is unclear/inconclusive (void) you should do another test. This will result in you needing additional tests which can be ordered here.Â
You can also order tests for other members of your household if you wish.Â
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, regularly washing your hands and observing social distancing.Â
We are strongly encouraging all students to take part. Testing at home will allow your child and other students to attend school as safely as possible. Please contact the school if you have any questions or concerns about home testing and /or look at our website for more information/guidiance .
Thank you for your ongoing support with this expectation.
Frequently Asked Questions Document (Provided by the DfE)Â
Do I need to give consent?Â
Students and parents do not need to give written consent to take part in the home testing programme.Â
Can my child take the test themselves?Â
Students aged 12-17 should do the test themselves with adult supervision. The adult may help them to take the test if they need support.Â
Students aged 11 must be tested by an adult and the adult must report the result.Â
Reporting problems or issues with testingÂ
If there is an issue with the test kit, for example something is missing, please report it by calling 119.Â
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:Â
What type of tests will be used?Â
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?Â
Lateral Flow Devices identifyâ€¯peopleâ€¯who are likely to be infectious. Theseâ€¯individuals tend to spread the virus to many people and so identifyingâ€¯them through this test isâ€¯important.â€¯Â
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).â€¯The speed and convenience of the tests supports the detection of the virus in asymptomatic individuals, who would not otherwise have been tested.Â
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 thatâ€¯theyâ€¯are both accurate and sensitive enough to be used in the community for screeningâ€¯and surveillance purposes.â€¯Â
It is important to remember that these tests areâ€¯only an aid to help stop the spread of the virus and you should continue to follow other guidance such asâ€¯onâ€¯wearingâ€¯face coveringsâ€¯andâ€¯social distancing.â€¯Â
How are LFD tests different to PCR tests?Â
There are 2 main types of test to check if you have coronavirus:Â
What does it mean if my child has a positive result?Â
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 using the schoolâ€™s Google Form and NHS Test and Trace.Â
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 school. You can book a test here.Â
What does it mean if my child has a negative result?Â
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.Â
What if my child has a void result?Â
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.Â
All test results need to be reported using the schoolâ€™s Google Form and NHS Test and Trace. (see above for links)
Do I need to send the test to a lab?Â
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 â€˜Instructions for Useâ€™ leaflet, which comes with the test kit. There is also a useful video to show you how to take the test here.Â
How do you report the result?Â
Report the result (whether it is positive, negative or void) using this service.Â
You also need to tell the school the test result. You will receive a text or email from NHS Test and Trace confirming that you have reported your test result.Â
Can I or someone else in my household use a test kit sent home from school?Â
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:Â
If these options are not possible, there will be a supply of rapid tests for order online for people who need them the most.â€¯More information can be found by clicking hereÂ
There is more information available about testing for households and bubbles of students click here.Â
Should I still take part in the asymptomatic testing programme if I have recently tested positive for COVID-19?
If you have tested positive by PCR for COVID-19, you will probably have developed some immunity to the disease. However, it cannot be guaranteed that everyone will develop immunity, or how long it will last. It is possible for PCR tests to remain positive for some time after COVID-19 infection.
Anyone who has previously received a positive COVID-19 PCR test result should not be re-tested within 90 days of that test, unless they develop any new symptoms of COVID-19.
If, however, you do have an antigen LFD test within 90 days of a previous positive COVID-19 PCR test, for example as part of a workplace or community testing programme, and the result of this test is positive, you and your household should self-isolate and follow the steps in this guidance again.
If it is more than 90 days since you tested positive by PCR for COVID-19, and you have new symptoms of COVID-19, or a positive antigen LFD or PCR test, follow the steps in this guidance again.
How will personal information and test results be shared?Â
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.Â
You need to tell the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC):Â
You will also need to tell your childâ€™s school or college their test result. (see above)
Under UK law, your childâ€™s school or college can collect and store test result data because it is in the â€˜public interestâ€™. This means that your childâ€™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.Â
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.Â
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 childâ€™s data anonymously (without their name or contact information) to research COVID-19, and improve our understanding of the virus.