From Monday 22nd March, students have moved to home testing.  Please explore this page to find further information regarding Lateral Flow Testing.  We have a frequently asked questions section within Home Testing Phase which may help.

What is Lateral Flow Testing?

Can my child take part in Lateral Flow Testing?

Home Testing Phase

Household Testing

What is Lateral Flow Testing?

Lateral flow device (LFD) testing is a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus. In some circumstances lateral flow tests can also be used for other diagnostic tasks.

The tests are easy to use and give results in 30 minutes. Those who test positive must immediately self-isolate to avoid passing the virus on to others.

Why lateral flow tests are being offered?

Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms, so a test that rapidly detects these otherwise hidden cases is a very useful additional tool for tackling the virus.

Lateral flow tests are practical, easy to interpret and can be used in a wide range of settings. This makes them ideal for widespread use in the community.

Clinical evaluation by Public Health England (PHE) and Oxford University shows that the tests perform best when levels of virus are at their highest. Thousands of positive COVID-19 cases have already been detected using these tests.

Each positive case identified can help prevent many additional people becoming infected over time.

Can my child take part in Lateral Flow Testing?

Yes, we have been collecting parent consent since January and have seen a great number of our students participate in the Lateral Flow Testing.  The majority of students have now moved to the home testing phase but it is not too late for your child to access these tests.

If you would like your child to take part, please read the information contained within this section and give your consent via the ‘Microsoft Forms Icon’ or contact the school office on 01270 661223Once we have your consent they will be shown how the test is performed and complete a number of tests within school.  Once completed they will be given a supply on home tests.  Please note, unless your consent is given they will not receive their supply of home tests.

Click above to submit your online consent to Lateral Flow Tests

Lateral Flow Testing Process

Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat. For under 18s, staff can oversee the swab process.

Results (which take around half an hour from testing) will be shared directly with staff and pupils participating. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed.

Please see the one page guide from the NHS on the process, alongside a Frequently Asked Questions document.

We strongly encourage all parents/carers to consent to testing and support the government’s efforts to control the spread of the virus.

If you would like to view the lateral flow testing instructions in an alternative language please click here.

Lateral Flow Testing Video

The Oaks Academy understands that you and your child might be a little apprehensive about the Lateral Flow Tests.  To help reassure you we have produced a film of Mr Frost taking his test.  The testing does not hurt and is over quite quickly. 

If you wish for your child to be involved please give your Consent for Lateral Flow Testing.

Home Testing

The majority of students have now moved to home testing after a period of testing within school.  Thank you for your on going support for Lateral Flow Testing.  Please find below some answers to frequently asked questions.

 

The home testing needs to continue twice a week, with 3 to 5 days between tests.  We recommend a Sunday and Wednesday evenings would be good times to complete these tests.

All results from home LFD tests must be communicated to NHS Test and trace, details on how to do this can be found in the NHS posters within this article and in the instruction booklet sent home.

It is really important that results of test are reported online straight away, even if your child’s result is negative or void. It’s easy to do at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.  Results can also be reported via telephone by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm.

No.  This phase of the testing does not need to be communicated to The Oaks Academy each time, we are assuming the test is negative unless you tell us otherwise.  

These test must be communicated to NHS every time and you must inform The Oaks Academy of a positive result, so we can take action within school to keep staff and students safe.

All positive results from rapid tests undertaken at home do need to be confirmed with a standard PCR test. This is because these tests are not conducted in a controlled environment and will not have trained staff on hand. Following positive LFD test at home, a confirmatory PCR test should be booked online or by calling 119. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the pupil or student and their close contacts should self-isolate. If the PCR test is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test (at home only) and a child can return to school.

All results from home LFD tests must be communicated to NHS Test and trace, details on how to do this can be found in the NHS posters within this article and in the instruction booklet sent home.

You must inform The Oaks Academy as soon as possible.

It is really important that results of test are reported online straight away, even if your child’s result is negative or void. It’s easy to do at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.  Results can also be reported via telephone by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm.

Students will be given a second supply of home testing kits so that they can carry on testing throughout the Easter holidays.

This does not replace testing for those with symptoms. If you have symptoms you must self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.  

Yes, please see the section below to see how your whole household can get involved in testing.

Household Testing

Testing for parents, households and bubbles twice a week

Regular 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 access tests by:

  • Ordering tests online gov.uk/order-school-household-tests  
  • Getting an assisted test at work, if it is available
  • Attending 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.

The nearest local testing site to the academy is on the Chester Street Carpark, CW1 2ER which is open between 1.30pm and 7pm (Monday to Sunday).

To find out more on school household testing visit Households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools and colleges: get rapid lateral flow tests – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

We continue to encourage everyone to take part in regular Covid-19 testing.