Why are we doing LFD testing in school?
- This is an asymptomatic testing programme designed to identify positive asymptomatic cases in the school.
- This will avoid staff or students carrying the infection unknowingly and potentially spreading it in school or the wider community.
Why are we using LFD Lateral Flow testing?
- As many as one in three people who contract the virus show no symptoms (they are asymptomatic).
- This test produces results in 30 minutes rather than 1-2 days as is the case with other types of tests.
Who does the test?
- The test is a self administered nose and throat swab that is carried out by the student - a member of staff is on hand in case they need reassurance.
- The test is then processed by the testing team.
Who are the testing team?
- The testing team are a group of staff and volunteers who have all taken the national training modules provided by NHS Test and Trace.
How will the test results be communicated?
- Your child's LFD test is processed in the testing area and the result will be recorded on the government NHS test and trace platform.
- You will receive a text and/or email with the result on the same day.
What happens if the test is positive?
- You will be contacted by a member of staff at school to arrange for your son/daughter to be collected.
- Your child will be sensitively informed of a positive result and looked after in an isolated space until they are able to return home for an isolation period of 10 days.
- The school will also trace the close contacts, and those staff and students identified as close contacts will also need to isolate for 10 days.
Watch the YouTube clip below to see an example of a test being taken:
If you have not already completed a consent form to allow your child to take lateral flow tests, please complete the link below:
Please see below our testing risk assessment, privacy notice and some FAQs.