Covid-19 Lateral Flow Testing in Secondary Schools
NHS Test and Trace: COVID-19 testing for Staff and Students
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.
Plan for testing
All students will be offered two tests at the start of the Autumn Term in school and then will continue to test at home twice weekly as they were doing before the summer holidays.
Test results will need to be reported directly to NHS Test & Trace and to the school.
The easiest way to report to school is by using the Arbor Parental App. Information has already been sent to parents to advise how this works. For parents without the Arbor App please use the following links to report your child’s test results:
How the tests work
The lateral flow tests 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.
They are easy to use and give results in 30 minutes.
What if my child tests positive?
If a student tests positive on a lateral flow device, then they will need to isolate and follow current government guidance immediately in line with NHS test and Trace guidance.
What if my child is identified as a close contact of a positive case?
From 16 August 2021, children under the age of 18 years old will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.
Instead, children will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.
18-year-olds will be treated in the same way as children until 4 months after their 18th birthday, to allow them the opportunity to get fully vaccinated. At which point, they will be subject to the same rules as adults and so if they choose not to get vaccinated, they will need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact.
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 gov.uk/find-covid-19-lateral-flow-test-siteor check your local council website)
- collect tests to do at home, find your nearest collection site COVID Test Finder (test-and-trace.nhs.uk)
What if my child develops symptoms?
This testing programme 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 www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
Further assistance needed?
We will support our staff and students throughout, but please contact us if you have any questions. You can contact the COVID-19 Lateral Flow Testing Co-Ordinator at the relevant school:
- The Newbridge School – Mrs Thompson by emailing email@example.com and
- The Castle Rock School – Miss Booth by firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your continued support.