Home Testing FAQs for Pupils, Parents and Carers

When should pupils test?

We would like students to test twice a week, before college, on Monday and Thursday. Results must be reported immediately (please bear in mind that a test result will be ready to report 20-30 minutes after taking the test). If it is not possible to test in the morning, please test on Monday or Thursday evening. If your child has tested positive in the last 90 days for Covid-19, they are not required to test during that time.

 

Can pupils test themselves?

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

Students aged 12-17 should do the test themselves and report the result with adult supervision and support as needed.  

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

 

Where can I find further information and support?

There is a useful video here. Help and support, including instructions in different languages on how to test and report the results are available here.

 

Where do I report results?

The result of all tests must be reported on:

 

If a student has a positive test result, please also phone the College 01344 421122 or email at reception@garthhillcollege.com.

Students will need to self-isolate, along with everyone in their household, follow national guidelines and book a PCR test here.

If the result of the test is unclear (void), students will need to do another test.

 

What should you do after the test?

Please put used test equipment in your normal household waste in after the test result has been reported.

A negative test does not guarantee that you do not have the virus, so it is important to continue to follow social distancing, hand washing and wear a mask to reduce transmission.

 

What if my child does not bring home home-testing kits?

Students who have not received their home-testing kits will have them sent home with a sibling. Alternatively, parents/carers should:

 

If I have not given consent for testing in school, can my child be given home-testing kits?

Yes, please contact the college 01344 421122 or email at reception@garthhillcollege.com

 

I am not able to support my child being tested at home. Can they be tested at school?

If you or your child find home-testing too difficult, they can be tested at our on-site testing centre. Please contact the college as soon as possible.

 

Can home-test kits be used for people with Covid symptoms?

No, home-test kits are only for people without symptoms. If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately with your household, book a PCR test here and follow national guidelines.

 

What type of tests will be used? 

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.? The tests are easy to use and give results in 30 minutes.? 

Further information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/understanding-lateral-flow-antigen-testing-for-people-without-symptoms  

 

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 shows that they are both 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.? 

 

How are LFD tests different to PCR tests? 

There are 2 main types of test to check if you have coronavirus: 

  • polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests check for the genetic material (RNA) of the virus in the sample - you send the sample for processing at a lab 
  • lateral flow device (LFD) tests detect proteins called ‘antigens’ produced by the virus - LFD tests give rapid results, in 30 minutes after taking the test.  

 

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:

If these options are not possible, there will be a supply of rapid tests for order online for people who need them the most. More information can be found on www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests. There is more information available about testing for households and bubbles of students.

 

How will personal information and test results be shared?

When students take a Lateral Flow test, they need to report the result. This is so that their test result can be traced, which means that they need to share some information about the student. They will need to tell the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC):

  • child’s name
  • child’s test result
  • the reference number on the test kit

They will also need to tell the school or college their test result. 

Under UK law, a child’s school can collect and store test result data because it is in the ‘public interest’. 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.

When someone reports test results online, they are sharing information with DHSC. DHSC may share the information with your GP, local government, NHS, and Public Health England. This is so that they can offer health services and guidance if someone needs to self-isolate. They might also use data anonymously (a person’s name or contact information) to research COVID-19, and improve our understanding of the virus.