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Covid Home Testing

The home testing process for Covid-9 has now been up and running for a number of weeks

You can carry out the tests at a time that is convenient for yourselves, but our suggestion is that the tests are carried out Sunday evening/Monday morning prior to coming into the academy, with the second test that week three days after that, so Wednesday evening/Thursday morning.

We have reissued kits to all students in the school, and made arrangements where possible for those who have been self isolating, so we would ask that you continue the testing over the Easter Holiday.

As before the testing kits include the instructions as to how to carry out these tests. Please read these carefully before carrying out the test.

There is also available an online copy of the COVID-19 self-test instructions 

A video showing the process is available here

When completing the test there is an NHS website included in the guide for the test results to be registered with.

We also ask that you complete this online form, with the name and tutor group of the pupil taking the test, the reference number from the LFD, together with the date and result of the test which will notify the academy of the result of the test.

Kits will be available, and issued, for all students, regardless of whether consent for testing in the academy has been given as we know that in some cases the withholding of consent has been due to taking the test in the academy, not necessarily a reluctance to take a test.

 

Confirmatory PCR testing following a test at home

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 the controlled environment of the testing area in the academy, and there will not necessarily have been 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 pupil or 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.

This is a change from the process where, if a pupil or student received a supervised school-based LFD test, as part of the rapid asymptomatic testing programme, and it was positive then they and other members of their household must self-isolate.

 

Links in this document

COVID-19 self-test instructions  

COVID-19 self-test instructional video

NHS Register results website  

TLA Register results form

Book a PCR test online

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