GUIDANCE - LATERAL FLOW TESTS

IN-ACADEMY LATERAL FLOW TESTING

FROM SEPTEMBER 2021

The DfE have announced that schools will offer lateral flow testing to students at the start of the new Autumn Term. As your child is due to join us in September we ask that you complete this form as soon as possible.

Please be reassured that our staff involved in the testing have all completed the relevant NHS training and are well practised in making the process both safe and efficient.

You can withdraw your consent at any time and we will never insist a child completes the test if they do not wish to on the day.

If you have any questions regarding any of the above, contact the Academy via enquiry@walker.academy or 0191 2958660.

If you have any concerns about the use of your personal information, you can make a complaint to us at wragdpr@walker.academy.



*PLEASE NOTE:

A new type of LFT tests have been provided to use at education mass-testing sites - Orient Gene LFT

This Orient Gene involves a double nose swab (no longer a nose and throat swab) and has been approved for use for all Secondary aged students.

Schools have been advised that for existing students, permissions already received can remain; however, you can withdraw your consent at any time through contacting the Academy.

► View the instructions for an Orient Gene LTF HERE



DfE GUIDANCE/INFORMATION

The NHS provided guidance when mass testing began in schools last year. This has not been updated as of yet and so we will adhere to the same permissions. Should any updates become available we will publish these on our Academy website.


INFORMATION PROVIDED JULY 2021;


INFORMATION PROVIDED FEBRUARY 2021;





SELF-TESTING

Students are continuing to receive their Lateral Flow Testing kits from the Academy. These will be the original nose and throat swab LFTs. We ask students to test themselves twice a week.

Results should be logged with NHS Track and Trace at https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

Parents can obtain free LFTs for themselves/bubbles via https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests


PLEASE NOTE:

  • These tests are not a replacement for the PCR tests. They help to identify those students who may have a high viral load but are not displaying symptoms.

  • If your child develops symptoms THEY MUST book a PCR test - https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test .

  • If your child receives a positive Lateral Flow Test (LFT) result, they must book a PCR test and isolate until they receive a negative result - https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test .

  • If they subsequent PCR test is positive, your child and household must isolate in-line with government guidelines.

  • Please inform the Academy of any positive results (LTF and PCR). You do not need to inform the Academy of any negative results.


NHS VIDEO STEP BY STEP GUIDES

Please watch the short videos below to support this at home testing.

NHS SUPPORT GUIDE

When you/your child are given the self-testing kit, it will be accompanied by a paper guide.

You can also view this guide online HERE.