Home Testing For COVID-19

After completing our in-school mass testing programme, the next phase of home testing will now begin and it is important to get into a regular habit of home testing twice a week to help to stop the spread of the virus.

If you have symptoms

Please remember that the home testing testing process does not replace symptomatic testing. If anyone has symptoms, they should self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.

How to take the test

The government have produced a video to show you how to take the test, click here to view the video. You should supervise your child when they take the test.

You must report the result to NHS Test & Trace (negative, positive or void) and you can use the Parent Portal to report positive results to school. You will need the 11 character barcode of the test kit – this is shown on the test cartridge and is made up of letters and numbers.

When to take the test

Students should take the test, before coming into school, twice a week, 3-5 days apart. This pattern should continue during the Easter holidays. When students return to school after Easter (on Monday 12th April) we would like that test to take place that morning or on the Sunday evening.

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).

What if the test is positive?

You must inform school immediately if a positive result is returned (01670 712311). Your household, and any support bubbles you are part of, should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days. Arrange a confirmatory PCR test for the person who tested positive.

What if the test is void?

If the result of the test is unclear (void) you should do another test. If you receive 2 void test results you should book a PCR test.

What if the test is negative?

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.

Testing for parents, households and support bubbles

Rapid testing is now also available for parents, their households and support or childcare bubbles. The government is encouraging all families to participate in twice weekly testing to help stop the spread. Parents and other adults in the household can order tests online.