COVID-19 National Testing Programme
Asymptomatic testing is aimed at reducing the risk of spread of COVID-19. The testing aims to help identify cases. Testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection.
Over the summer, staff, secondary students and college students should continue to test regularly if they are attending settings that remain open, such as summer schools and out of school activities based in school settings. Schools and colleges will only provide tests for twice weekly asymptomatic testing for students and staff over the summer period if they are attending school or college.
However, testing will still be widely available over the summer and kits can be collected either from your local pharmacy or ordered online.
For September 2021 - Asymptomatic Testing (ATS)
The Government has asked all secondary schools and colleges to prepare for on-site testing at the beginning September 2021 to do everything possible to prevent significant transmission in education settings at the start of the new term. Students will have potentially been mixing with lots of people over the summer holidays and we know that testing participation rates amongst students via ATS are much higher than when testing at home. Students will receive two on-site lateral flow device tests, 3 to 5 days apart, on their return in September. This testing will commence from Wednesday 1st September 2021.
Consent for participation in asymptomatic test site (ATS) testing
We do not need to re-seek consent for students who have previously provided consent for ATS testing. Although, consent must be sought for any student who has not previously given consent for testing, for example new entrants in year 7.
Please complete your consent for your child to participate in ATS testing here:
After these initial two on-site tests, students will be asked to resume testing test twice weekly at home until the end of September, when this will be reviewed. Our COVID-19 Asymptomatic Testing Privacy Statement can be found in our Policies area please click here to view it.
To report the result to the school please follow the link below and complete the Microsoft Form: COVID-19 Home test Results - Students.
Commonly used terms and definitions:
LFD test kit: Lateral Flow Device
Lateral flow antigen testing involves processing a nasal swab (a swab from both nostrils) sample with an extraction fluid and a lateral flow device (LFD).
The LFD detects a COVID-19 antigen that is produced when a person is infectious with COVID-19. If this antigen is present, then a coloured strip will appear which indicates a positive result.
Results take up to 30 minutes to process. An automated notification of the test result will be sent to the mobile number and the email address supplied on the consent form and/or at registration.
PCR test: Polymerise Chain Reaction
If any individual presents with a positive LFD result, they should commence self-isolation and contact NHS to arrange a confirmatory PCR test. Further instructions will follow on the result of the PCR test.
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