COVID-19 Lateral Flow Testing

From Sunday 21st March 2021, testing will no longer be carried out in school and will instead be home-based. Students will receive testing kits along with full instructions, which can also be found on this page.

Students who are taking part in testing will be expected to carry out their tests in the morning every Sunday and Thursday.

This is to to keep in line with guidance that test should be performed every 3-5 days.

You will then need to report the result of your test to ourselves at the school and to the NHS. To simplify this, we have signed up to testregister.co.uk. You can find instructions on how this works further down this page.

How to carry out your test

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How to report your test

On the morning of your test you will receive an email from TestRegister containing a link. Once you have got your result, simply click the link in the email and fill in the form.

You can find the Test strip ID on the top of your test strip:

Once you have submitted this to the school, the site will then take you straight through to reporting your result to the NHS.

Just follow through the steps and questions it asks. (The Testing Site ID is Admiral Lord Nelson School – if you start typing it in, it should pop up as shown below).

Frequently Asked Questions

How does testing work?

This testing is for those individuals without coronavirus symptoms and uses tests known as lateral flow devices (LFD). We have temporarily re-purposed the Main Assembly Hall into a testing centre which we will be re-locating into the Sports hall from 9th March 2021 to manage the larger numbers of students we will be testing during this initial mass testing period. Those students taking the test will be supported by trained staff who have undertaken the NHS Test and Trace training and are experienced in administering these tests. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of the nose and throat. Please be reassured that, even if you have given consent, if your child at any point is not willing to participate in testing then that choice will be respected, and we will notify you if that is the case.

How long does it take to get the results?

Results take around half an hour from testing. You and your child should receive text when a test result is negative on a ‘lateral flow’ test. If you do not hear from us about a positive result, you can assume that the result was negative. A small number of students may need to repeat the test if the first test was invalid or void for some reason.

What if my child tests positive?

If your child tests positive, we will inform them about their results individually and notify you immediately. To help limit the spread of infection, arrangements will be made for any child who tests positive to safely leave the school site as soon as is possible. It is therefore essential that we can contact you during the school day.

 Your child and household must self-isolate immediately whilst you book your child a PCR test on the same day (or as soon as is possible) by visiting Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

During the time while you are waiting for the PCR result (via text/email) your household will need to self-isolate. If the PCR test returns a positive result you must inform the school and be prepared to follow self-isolation advice from NHS Test and Trace. If the test is negative, your child returns to school as normal and the household will no longer need to self-isolate.

When will the tests take place?

The Government has given secondary schools the entire week to bring all students back to on-site learning. This will need to be very carefully managed to avoid any further spread of the virus. We are currently making plans for the exact time your child will be invited back into school and we will provide this information later this week. In the meantime please see the current plans without the exact time your child is due to be in school.

  Tuesday 9th March Wednesday 10th March Thursday 11th March
 

Year 7

 

Remote education at home

 

 

Remote education at home

Return to school in the morning, attending lessons when negative test result is obtained
 

Year 8

Remote education in morning

 

Return to school in afternoon, attending lessons when negative test result is obtained

 

Attend school as normal

 

Attend school as normal

 

Year 9

 

Remote education at home

Remote education in morning

 

Return to school in afternoon, attending lessons when negative test result is obtained

 

Attend school as normal

 

Year 10

 

Remote education at home

Return to school in the morning, attending lessons when negative test result is obtained  

Attend school as normal

 

Year 11

Return to school in the morning, attending lessons when negative test result is obtained  

Attend school as normal

 

Attend school as normal

Who are results shared with?

In the event of a positive result, in addition to sharing with the parent/guardian, we will only share the result with appropriate contacts such as the head teacher and named nominated person in the school to allow us to start their own COVID isolation processes. We will not tell any unauthorised person (that is anyone not involved in the recording of test results) who has received a positive result. Schools will not share positive results with other parents or pupils.

In the event of a negative result, we will only share the result with appropriate contacts such as the head teacher and named nominated person. We will not tell any unauthorised person (that is anyone not involved in the recording of test results) who has received a negative result. Schools will not share negative results with other parents or pupils.

All results – both positive and negative – are shared by us with the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC).

DHSC will share results with the NHS to offer advice and support. Results will also be sent to your GP so they can support you. If you have tested positive, a notification will be sent to Public Health England to enable them to contact people who have been in close contact with your child.

Do you process any personal data if I refuse the test?

We will record that you have been offered and rejected a test so that we do not keep asking you to agree to a test. We will not tell any unauthorised person (that is anyone not involved in the recording of test results).

What Personal Data is used in getting test results?

We will use the personal data you provided when you register your child for the test to send the result to the named parents/guardians of children who test positive for coronavirus on the day of the test. You will not be informed of a negative test.

If your child tests positive, you will be offered a further test for them of a different kind (called a PCR test) to confirm that your test result and details for this will be sent by email/and or text to parents/legal guardians within 24-48 hours of the test by the NHS.

Will my child’s personal data be used for research and statistical purposes?

Yes. However, data used for research and statistical purposes by DHSC/NHS will not use any personal data that can identify your child. Aggregate level data that will not identify individuals will be used. This is lawful under UK data protection legislation that is not directly involved in the recording of tests who has refused a test. Schools will not share refusals with other parents or pupils.

Will you tell people connected with my child if they have had a test?

No. We will not tell anyone that is not directly involved with administrating the test who has had a test or the results of a test. Also, we will not share who has not had a test.

If we must advise other parents that their child must isolate due to another student receiving a positive test, we will not identify any individual positive results and you do not have any rights to know who may have tested positive.

How will my child’s data be used?

Your child’s details will be used to complete testing. As part of testing, details of pupils and their parents or guardians, as well as staff, may be used for:

  • registering your child and recording their participation in the testing
  • matching your child’s contact details with health data stored by the NHS
  • communicating with you about testing
  • contacting you if you are the parent or guardian of someone who is participating in the Programme
  • contacting you with your child’s test results by text message/email
  • contacting you relating to your child’s positive or inconclusive result to collect other medical information about your child’s health relating to COVID-19
  • phoning you to gather feedback to inform improvements that could be made to a full end-to-end testing process.

What Personal Data will you be asking for?

When you register for a test you need to provide us with your child’s

  • First Name and Last Name
  • Date of birth (and year group)
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity
  • Home postcode
  • Email address
  • Mobile number
  • Parent/guardians contact details (if required)

This allows us to register your child for a test and to process the results. Once your child is registered for a test, they will be assigned a unique barcode which will be used to identify the test without the need for sharing a lot of personal data. Once the test has been completed, we will also record the results.

How can you use my child’s data? What is the difference between consenting to the test and consenting to you using my child’s data?

You will need to give medical consent for your child to take the test (if they are under 16). You will be asked to complete a consent form.

If you want your child to be tested, you will also need to understand that as part of testing, we process their personal data. This processing of their data is allowed under data protection legislation, known as UKGDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018.

We are responsible for the processing of the test and ensuring all the personal data relating to the test is properly managed in accordance with their legal obligations.

Before we can use any personal data in the administration of taking the test and processing the results, we must tell you the lawful basis for why it is necessary to process personal data and it must be in one of 6 reasons which are allowed in UK data protection legislation. For the purpose of COVID-19 we are using Public Task where it is necessary to process personal data to ensure we meet our obligations in education legislation to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of pupils. Public Health legislation also allows the sharing of personal data with DHSC, Local Government, Test and Trace and the NHS.

You can find details of the specific legislation in the Privacy Notice – which will be sent to you with the consent form. If you have a specific question, please ask the Data Protection Officer for the Salterns Academy Trust– [email protected]

How long will my child’s data be kept for?

We will keep test results on file for up to 14 days. Other related data (such as consent) will be kept until 14 days after the Government announces an end to the LFT scheme.

Your child’s information will be passed on to the DHSC who will share this information with NHS who will keep it for as long as it is required to provide your child with direct care and to support NHS initiatives to fight COVID-19.

Information held for direct care purposes are stored in line with the Records Management Code of Practice for Health and Social Care 2016. This means such information will be held for up to 8 years before it is deleted.

Privacy notice