From January, lateral flow testing for asymptomatic cases was introduced for schools. These tests aim to identify positive cases within the school community that would normally go undetected due to lack of symptoms, but could contribute to the spread of the virus amongst students, staff and their families.
The lateral flow tests produce a result in 30 minutes and do not require a laboratory to process. Whilst a negative test does not completely remove the risk of transmission, being tested helps to keep the school community and their families at home safer.
The testing site has been in operation from the beginning of term, with weekly testing being undertaken for students and twice weekly for staff that were on site during the partial closure. On return to school the majority of students were tested, being offered 3 tests on site over a 2 week period.
All students will move to twice weekly tests at home, following 3 tests in school, which will start during the week beginning Monday 15th March. All staff moved to twice weekly testing at home from the beginning of March. All tests results (whether positive, negative or void) should be reported to the NHS Test and Trace after each test and to the school on a weekly basis – access the student reporting form here.
A small testing facility will remain on site, in accordance with government guidance, for those unable to complete these at home.
Important: This testing does not replace testing for those with symptoms. No student or staff should attend school if they are displaying symptoms, if they are required to self-isolate or if a member of their household has the virus.