4 January 2021

Lateral Flow Testing

This page has been designed to give parents and their children all the information they need to know about Lateral Flow Testing.

Important update

Further to the government's announcement to enter a full "Tier 5 National Lockdown" all Lateral Flow tests have been suspended until further notice with the exception of students and staff in Educare.


In order for us to seamlessly start this programme on our reopening please still complete the consent form below.

Purpose

Up to a third of individuals who test positive for COVID-19 have no symptoms at all and can therefore spread the virus unknowingly. That is why the mass testing of people without symptoms has been deemed so vital. Identifying those individuals who are carriers will save lives. 

The programme

There are three main parts to the testing programme:


1) "Mass Testing". As part of our efforts to keep our College community safe we are supporting the governments drive to offer testing to all of our students and staff as they return from the Christmas holidays. This will involve taking two separate tests, three to five days apart. 


2) all of our staff will be tested once a week on an ongoing basis; 


3) "Serial Testing" anyone who comes into contact with a positive case will be tested daily. Serial testing will allow someone who has come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to remain in College (providing they agree to be tested for 7 days (following their last contact with a positive case). This process will therefore reduce the amount of time a student must stay away from education.

The process

For ease of understanding we have divided the process for testing into the following sections:


1) Consent 

2) The test

3) The results

4) Frequently asked questions

 Consent

In order for us to proceed and plan the testing programme we need to gain your consent.

The link below has been designed to ensure that all the necessary information is collected prior to testing. Please complete Part 1 of the survey for every student who attends the College (we would be grateful if you could do this even if you do not wish for your child to be tested as this will ensure we stop contacting you and reduce unnecessary administrative burdens.

The consent form is for participation in tests designed to detect asymptomatic coronavirus cases. Anyone experiencing symptoms should follow government guidelines to self-isolate, even if they have had a recent negative lateral flow test. 
 
Consent relates to the following groups of students/pupils and staff as follows: 

• For pupils and students younger than 16 years - this form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian. Please complete one consent form for each child you wish to participate in testing.
• Pupils and students over 16 who are able to provide informed consent - can complete this form themselves, having discussed participation with their parent / guardian if under 18.
• For any pupil or student who does not have the capacity to provide informed consent - this form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian. Please complete one consent form for each child you wish to participate in testing.
 
Please read the Terms of Consent and Privacy Notice below and then complete the online consent form.

Please see the testing schedule times below.

The Test

Before Arrival

The consent form above must have been completed in full by the agreed deadline and at least 24 hours prior to the testing date). If no consent has been given the test will not be administered.


It is essential that parents / guardians have discussed with their children what to expect during the testing process (please go through the information below and watch the video).


Please also ensure all nose studs are removed and hands and finger nails are clean ad that your son /daughter is not displaying any signs of being unwell.


Arrival:

All initial tests will be in the sports hall and students should line up in an orderly fashion at least 2m apart and sanitise their hands on entry.

To minimise queueing students should turn up as close as possible to their allotted test times and leave the site as soon as the test is completed. (If parents are dropping their children off they should wait in cars  to reduce further potential contacts)

The times below are a guide only to enable you to plan, specific times will be emailed to you with an exact time window.

Schedule of testing:
All tests have been postponed until further notice.

The Test

At the reception desk inside the sports hall you will be checked in and given a registration card and a number of bar codes.


You should then wait behind a cone for a testing bay to become available (wait until asked before stepping forward.)


You will need to conduct a self swab (watch the training video and study the leaflet below before coming onto the school site so you know what to expect). This will involve sanitising your hands, blowing your nose and sanitising your hands again.  You will then need to swab both nostrils (please ensure all nose studs are removed before attending).  Please note the swabbing technique may changes in accordance with advice from public health.


You will then leave out of the back fire exit of the sports hall.


Please note our staff have been trained to administer the tests but not to carry out the medical procedure of swab testing on students. They will however be able to guide students through the process if they need help.

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The Results

Results will be communicated to parents at the end of the day.


In the event that a lateral flow test is positive a further PCR test will need to be taken this can be booked via the link below or by ringing 119.


In the event that both the Lateral Flow and the PCR test are positive then the student will need to self isolate and  Parents must inform the College to enable us to carry out a close contacts investigation.


Students nominated as close contacts will then become part of our "Serial Testing" programme (see above) or need to go home to self isolate for 10 days from last contact.


Should your child provide two positive results you and all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

The 10-day isolation period starts from the day the positive test was received.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas, and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period. If that is not possible, anyone with symptoms should try and stay as far away as possible from vulnerable members of your household.

For more information, please read PHE’s ‘Stay at Home’ guidance the link of which is below.

Frequently asked questions

"I HAVE TWO CHILDREN AT THE COLLEGE DO I NEED TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY TWICE?"

Yes please we need consent for each child separately

"I DON'T WANT TO BE PART OF THE TESTING DO I NEED TO FILL IN THE SURVEY?"

Yes please but only section 1- this will save us trying to contact you.

"MY CHILD CANNOT DO A SELF SWAB WILL YOU DO THIS FOR THEM?"

No unfortunately we are not trained in the medical procedure of swabbing.

"I WORK FOR THE NHS AND WE ONLY DO A NASAL SWAB WHY ARE YOU DOING A THROAT SWAB AS WELL?"

The guidance based on the testing in Manchester and Liverpool from Public Health indicates that this double test is more effective.

"HOW IS MY DATA USED?

Please see the FAQ data protection questions below