12 March 2021

Lateral Flow Self-Testing

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

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) All of our staff already undertake twice weekly "self-tests". 


2) "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 Lockdown 3 in March. This will involve taking three separate tests, three to five days apart. 


3) Following 3 onsite tests, all students will be provided with home testing packs to be completed with their Parent/Carers on a twice weekly basis. The results are then submitted to Test & Trace and confirmed to the school. 


The testing process

Home tests must be undertaken twice each week, we advise that this is on a Sunday and Wednesday evening, we will look to send reminder e-mails. The test itself is easy to complete, we have added below 2 useful pieces of information that will support you with the  process:
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Please also find a step-by-step guide that we have put together below:

1. Clean hands with soap & water or Anti-bac
2. Blow your nose
3. Set-up extraction tube by putting in the extraction fluid from the small vial
4. Remove the swab from its sleeve – only touch the handle
5. Swab your tonsils 4 times on each side, then swab one nostril 4 – 5 twists about 2.5 cm in – until you feel slight resistance.
6. Place the swab into the extraction tube and twist it in the fluid for 10 seconds. Remove swab from the extraction tube, squashing the sides to ensure that the swab does not soak up the fluid.
7. Place the lid on the extraction tube
8. Take the LFD testing device out of the pouch. If you find it difficult to tear open, carefully use scissors. Hold the device at the top, or the sides, to avoid touching and contaminating the sample well.
9. Place 2 drops from the extraction tube into the well – check no air bubbles. (do not throw sample away in case test is invalid – it is best to keep the test liquid until the C line has shown on the test)
10. Record the time & wait for 30 mins for result to come through 

**CONTACT US IF RESULT IS POSITIVE**

The Results

After undertaking the test you will also need to log the results in 2 different ways:

1. You must log the results on the Test & Trace system here: 

2. Please also complete this survey: Self-Test Results Survey so that we can record the results on our systems to aid our medical procedures.

In the event that a lateral flow test is 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. 

Those who test positive on the lateral flow test are also required to undertake a confirmatory PCR test. A test can be collected from the College or booked by following the link below. If this test is negative the individual can return. A test can be collected from the College or booked by following the link below.


Students nominated as close contacts to the individual will need to go home to self isolate for 10 days from last contact (unless the follow up PCR is negative). 


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.

Collecting the Tests

We will be sending your child’s first test packs home with them on Tuesday 16th March. Students will sign for their tests during period 6 and must bring them straight home.
 
Each student will receive 2 packs containing 3 tests which will last you until the Easter Holidays, we will send further packs home before the end of term.
 
As students will have been tested on either Monday 15th or Tuesday 16th we would advise you to home test on Thursday 18th and then regularly on the following Sundays & Wednesdays.
 
If you have any questions, please contact the main school e-mail address admin@sjhcsc.co.uk and I will look to respond to your questions.

Please note that adults living in the same household as children under 16, are able to receive their own lateral flow test kit using the following link:

Frequently asked questions

"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.

"IF I HAVE ALREADY TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 DO I STILL NEED TO TEST"

Testing is not necessary for those whop have already had Covid-19 in the last 90 days, however the test can still be undertaken.