Student COVID-19 Home Testing
Up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing. This is because they have no symptoms. To reduce the spread of the virus, we need to identify those individuals. We can do this in school by carrying out tests at home twice every week, 3-4 days apart.
Taking test kits home
Students will continue to collect their home test kits from their form tutor.
Testing students at home
We understand that each child has individual needs. Many children will adapt to testing becoming part of their routine, others will find it more challenging. Taking part in testing is voluntary and all children will be able to attend school whether they take part or not.
We would like them to take their tests before school on Monday and Thursday, or the evening beforehand each week.
Make sure you have enough time to do the test before going to school. Preferably this would be in the morning , however, we understand that for some people this may be challenging. Therefore, tests can be taken the evening before school if needed.
Taking the test
A leaflet giving instructions on how to do the test will be given with the test kit. There is also a useful video to show you how to take the test here.
Help and support is available, including instructions in different languages on how to test and report the results and a video showing you how to take the test.
There is no need to keep used test equipment. After the test result has been reported to the NHS, you can put it in your normal bin (household waste).
Can students test themselves?
Students aged 18 and over should do the test themselves and report the result, with help if required.
Students aged 11-17 should do the test themselves with adult supervision. The adult may help the student to take the test if they need support but if the student is under 16, you must report the result for them.
You need to report each test result
The result of each test needs to be reported using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.
Why take part?
Taking part in testing is voluntary and your child will be able to attend school whether they take part in testing or not.
We are strongly encouraging all students to take part. Testing at home will allow us to reduce the spread of the virus and protect our school community and wider networks of family and friends.
Please contact your child’s form tutor or Head of Year if you have any questions or concerns about home testing.
A copy of our home testing privacy statement is available here.
Thank you for your support.