Home LFD Testing - Important information for parents/carers

As the in-school element of our mass testing programme nears successful completion, we now move to the next crucial phase of the process: self-testing at home. 

Please click the link below to view/download a parent/carer letter containing important information and an overview of this process. 


19/03/21
- Home Testing Information for Parents/Carers


Further information, including help guides, useful links and answers to frequently asked questions, can be found in the article below. 

 

Further information about home testing



What type of tests will be used?

There are two main types of test to check for Coronavirus. These are PCR and LFD.

PCR: Polymerase Chain Reaction tests check for the genetic material of the virus in the sample. The sample is sent for processing at a lab

LFD: Lateral Flow Device tests detect proteins called ‘antigens’ produced by the virus. The tests are easy and give rapid results in 30 minutes after taking the test

We will be sending home Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests. They are a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus.

Further information about asymptomatic lateral flow testing can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/understanding-lateral-flow-antigen-testing-for-people-without-symptoms  

 

 

Taking the test

Students should take the test, before coming into school, twice a week.

Instructions on how to complete the test and report their result will be provided with each kit.

For additional help, the video below offers a useful visual guide on how to take the test. 


NOTE: LFD tests do not replace symptomatic testing (PCR tests). If your child has symptoms, they - along with their household and any support bubbles they are part of - should self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.   

 


What should you do after the test?

There is no need to keep used test equipment after the test result has been reported. You can put it in your normal bin (household waste).

If anyone tests positive you, your household, any support bubbles you are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days.

REPORTING TEST RESULTS 

You need to report all test results (including negative and void results) to both the NHS Test and Trace and the school.

Report via NHS Test and Trace

Please follow the link below to report online. 

Report to Withernsea High School

Please let the school via email at the below address:

https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result 

c19tr@wscampus.net 

You will receive a text or email from NHS Test & Trace confirming that you have reported your test result.

 


You should order a confirmatory PCR test if you are testing at home* 

If the result of the test is unclear (void) you should do another test.

A negative result does not guarantee that you are not carrying the virus. So, you should continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands and observing social distancing.

If you or anyone in your household gets symptoms of the virus you should follow national guidelines on self-isolation and testing.

* NOTE: Confirmatory PCR tests are not needed if the test was conducted at school. This is because the tests are done in a controlled environment and trained staff read the results.

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions



Can my child take the test themselves?

Students aged 18 and over should do the test themselves and report the result, with help if they need it.

Students aged 12-17 should do the test themselves with adult supervision. The adult may help the student to take the test if they need support.

Students aged 11 must be tested by an adult and the adult must report the result.



Reporting problems or issues with testing

If there is an issue with the test kit, for example something is missing, please report it by calling 119 and also alert the school via c19tr@wscampus.net 

If an accident or injury happens whilst using the test kit, please seek medical care by calling 111 (or 999 if it is an emergency). Please also report what happened using this website: https://coronavirus-yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk 




What does it mean if my child has a positive result?

If your child has a positive antigen LFD test result they, their household and any support bubbles they are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days. You need to report your result to both NHS Test & Trace and the school.

You should order a confirmatory PCR test if you are testing at home (confirmatory PCR tests are not needed if the test was conducted at school for any reason). 

You can book a PCR test here: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test 



What does it mean if my child has a negative result?


A negative result does not guarantee that your child is not carrying the virus. So, you should continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands.



What if my child has a void result?

If the result of the test is unclear (void), your child should take another test.

If the next test is also void, your child should take a PCR test. You can book a PCR test here: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test 

All test results need to be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and school.



Do I need to send the test LFD test to a lab?


No. The LFDs supplied do not need to be sent to a laboratory to get a result and can give a quick result in around 30 minutes. 



How do you report the result?


All test results, whether positive, negative or void, need to be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and to the school.

REPORTING TEST RESULTS 

You need to report all test results (including negative and void results) to both the NHS Test and Trace and the school.

Report via NHS Test and Trace

Please follow the link below to report online. 

Report to Withernsea High School

Please let the school via email at the below address:

https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result 

c19tr@wscampus.net 

You will receive a text or email from NHS Test & Trace confirming that you have reported your test result.

 

 


Are LFD tests accurate?


Lateral Flow Devices identify people who are likely to be infectious. These individuals tend to spread the virus to many people and so identifying them through this test is important. 

These tests have been widely and successfully used to detect COVID-19 in asymptomatic individuals and are approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The speed and convenience of the tests supports the detection of the virus in asymptomatic individuals, who would not otherwise have got tested.

The tests are highly specific, with low chance of false positives. They are also very sensitive and are able to identify the majority of the most infectious yet asymptomatic individuals. Extensive evaluation has been carried out on the tests and it shows that they are both accurate and sensitive enough to be used in the community for screening and surveillance purposes. 

It is important to remember that these tests are only an aid to help stop the spread of the virus and you should continue to follow other guidance such as on wearing face coverings and social distancing. 

 

Can I or someone else in my household use a test kit sent home from school?

No, however whole families and households with primary school, secondary school, and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, will be able to test themselves twice every week from home. This testing can be accessed through the following channels:

• get a rapid test at work, through workplace testing. Ask your employer for more information

• attend a test site to get tested where you will be able to see how to take the test or pick up tests to do at home. You can find your nearest test site via the postcode checker www.gov.uk/find-covid-19-lateral-flow-test-site 

More information available about testing for households and bubbles of students can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff 

 

 

Do I need to give consent?

Students and parents do not give written consent to take part in the home testing programme. Please read the information below on how personal information and test results are shared

Please also see our privacy notice: http://withernseahigh.org.uk/information/key-documents#keydocs01 

 

How will personal information and test results be shared?

When your child takes a Lateral Flow test, you need to report the result. This is so that their test result can be traced, which means that you need to share some information about your child.

You need to tell the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC):

● your child’s name

● your child’s test result

● the reference number on the test Kit

You will also need to tell your child’s school or college their test result.

Under UK law, your child’s school or college can collect and store test result data because it is in the ‘public interest’. This means that your child’s data helps us to stop the spread of the virus, and to keep your children in school. For example, we will tell your child to self-isolate if they get a positive test result.

Schools and colleges will only share information with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) if the test kits used are found to be faulty. If this happens, DHSC will use our information to contact people who used the faulty tests, so that they can be tested again. This will ensure that testing is accurate and helps keep us all safe.

When you report test results online, you are sharing information with DHSC. They may share the information with your GP, local government, NHS, and Public Health England. This is so that they can offer your family health services and guidance if your child needs to self-isolate. They might also use your child’s data anonymously (without their name or contact information) to research COVID-19, and improve our understanding of the virus.

For more information on how personal data is used for testing please see the detailed privacy notice on our website: http://withernseahigh.org.uk/information/key-documents#keydocs01