COVID - Lateral Flow Tests
Anthony Gell School are offering Lateral Flow tests to staff and students to those who have consent and have no coronovirus symptoms. This is a national scheme - evidence suggests that up to one third of people who have coronavirus are asymptomatic (show no symptoms).
We are testing all staff and students who have completed the consent form. Testing is carried out in the household for both students and staff. Tests should be carried out on Sunday and Wednesday where possible, to enable the school to check results reported.
Please report your test results using the button below - this is to the NHS service and to the school. Testing is voluntary but does require consent. Use the Consent form button to add; or remove your consent for testing.
Parents can now request lateral flow tests through the local government: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
How the tests work
At home: Staff and students testing at home complete the test after reading the leaflet and watching a guidance video. (below) They report results to NHS and the school. Students aged 11-16 should complete the test and share results under supervision of an adult.
Students are likely to get three tests in their kit and will be replenished in their tutor lessons. If they need a new test kit box sooner, the student needs to see main reception or pastoral and ask for one.
On school site: Any students or staff unable to test at home can request taking the lateral flow test on the school site, under the supervision of trained staff and volunteers. The lateral flow tests are quick and easy to undertake, using a swab of the nose and throat. It is expected that most students and staff will be able to undertake the swab with only verbal support.
Results (which take around half an hour from testing) will be shared directly with the contact data provided when consent was given. The school will inform the student of a positive test result. Where participants are under 16, parents/carers will also be informed. The student may also receive a text/email notification of a positive or negative result from the online NHS system.
- Letter to Parents/Guardians about booking a test
- How to guide - booking a slot for a test
- Information on tests in school
What if the test is positive?
On school site: We will notify the student so that we can move them to a safer area in the school to await collection. A parent/carer will be called by a member of school staff to collect their child. The household must isolate for 10 days.
At home: If you test positive at home, you and those in your household must isolate and book a confirmatory PCR test. The NHS Test and Trace (PCR) test must be booked as soon as possible (same day, or within 24 hours) to confirm the result in school. At the time of writing this letter, the timescales for a result from a PCR test vary from 24 to 72 hours.
The household should isolate until the results of the PCR test are known. This result must be shared with the school so that if the test is positive, close contacts can be identified and isolated or begin their programme of daily testing. The school has a small stock of PCR test kits to perform at home if required and these can be used in exceptional circumstances.
What if the test is negative?
While a small number of students may need to repeat the test if the first test was invalid or void for some reason, students who test negative will be able to stay in school and continue with their activities as normal. Students will be informed of negative test results via text/email. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed.
What if staff/students have been in close contact with someone in school who tests positive?
The staff member or student will be notified that they are a close contact by the school. Close contacts will be required to isolate until the school notifies them of a change, or until the end of the isolation period (anytime up to ten days). There may be instances where close contacts are also contacted by NHS Test and Trace. In this instance they should notify NHS Test and Trace that they are a close contact through school and are participating in daily contact testing.
What if my child develops symptoms?
Lateral Flow Testing is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (including a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate, and book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. We will support our staff and students throughout, but please contact us if you have any questions.