COVID-19 National Testing Programme
Mass rapid asymptomatic testing is aimed at reducing the risk of spread of COVID-19. The testing aims to help identify cases and help maximise attendance when students return to face-to-face lessons while minimising community transmission with school settings.
The testing programme site for Henry Box students and staff is based on-site in the Main Hall. Tests will be based on self-swabbing with the processing and other roles being undertaken by school staff and approved volunteers. All roles have received training.
Testing on-site will be with an approved Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test kit.
Consent will be required by everyone involved in this programme. For students under 16 this must be provided by a parent or guardian. For students over the age of 16 and staff, they are able to consent their own medical treatment. Consent requests have been sent home, although a link to the online Consent Form (a Microsoft Forms document) can be accessed here. The Testing Privacy Statement can be found below in the Documents section.
When attending the on-site testing site all individuals are asked to wear appropriate face coverings unless they are exempt and to bring their mobile phone with them.
Before each test, students will need to register their test barcode provided to them at school. We ask all students to bring their mobile phone to self-register. Registration should take place prior to the test and can be done as they wait or within 2 hours of receiving their barcode. If students have no data we will have some iPads on site available to register. Alternatively, here is the link which parents could assist when their child comes home as long as it is within 2 hours of them having their test. Here is the link to the government website “Register your test”. https://test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/register-kit?direction=back
In preparation for testing; parents might like to ask their child to watch this short YouTube video on how to take a test. Please click here to view this. Alternatively, there is a copy of the 'Take swab sample - Step-by-step guide' poster available in the documents below. These instructions will be in every test booth on site as a reminder of how to conduct the test.
Commonly used terms and definitions:
LFD test kit: Lateral Flow Device
Lateral flow antigen testing involves processing a throat and nasal swab 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 kit: Polymerise Chain Reaction
Any individual that presents with a positive LFD result will be asked to self-isolate and provided with confirmatory PCR test to take home with further instructions.
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