I would like to first thank you for your continued support in our delivery of the government’s rapid-result testing scheme. We are confident that your child’s continued participation in the scheme will help us to keep the whole school community safer from the risk of infection.
I am writing today to confirm the expectations for rapid-result testing as those reporting results has worryingly decreased.
Collecting test kits
Your child will be provided with enough LFD test kits to cover their twice-weekly usage. These can be collected by students from form rooms to take home as and when required.
When to take the tests
Your child needs to take an LFD test twice a week, around 3 to 4 days apart. We recommend Wednesday and Sunday evenings.
Administering the tests
Pupils aged 11 and under should have the test administered to them by an adult and pupils aged 12-17 should self-administer under adult supervision. Pupils with complex needs that may need adult support to administer the test should be supported to take the test as required.
Advice on administering the tests is included inside each LFD test kit. If you would like further guidance, please take a look at the DHSC’s ‘How to do a COVID-19 Self Test (rapid antigen test)’ video on YouTube, and the ‘COVID-19 self-test help’ article on the GOV.UK website. The website addresses for these pages are listed at the bottom of this letter.
Please note: LFD testing is for asymptomatic individuals only. If your child has symptoms, they must self-isolate immediately, book a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and follow national guidelines.
If your child receives a positive test result, they must begin self-isolating immediately. We strongly encourage you to book a confirmatory PCR test, in the event they test positive with an LFD test. Please notify the school of the results of any test your child takes via the web form.
For more details on what you and your child need to do based on their test results, please refer to the school website regarding rapid-result testing in school.
We ask that your child continues to submit their results to the school and to NHS Test and Trace. Please inform the school of your child’s test results immediately, whether positive, negative or void, on the above details. Your child must report their results to NHS Test and Trace as soon as each test is completed, either online or by telephone as per the instructions in the test kit.
The consent that you have already given for us to process, store and share your child’s testing data with NHS Test and Trace as required, still stands. You are free to withdraw this consent at any time – if you would like to withdraw consent, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. A copy of our testing privacy notice can be found on the school website.
If your child has not yet participated in rapid-result testing and now wishes to do so, we will need consent from you to allow us to store, process and share their testing data with NHS Test and Trace as required. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Household test kits
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that regular rapid-result testing is now also available to the adults in your child’s household, support and childcare bubble(s). You can access these tests in the following ways:
- Order the tests online at gov.uk/order-school-household-tests
- Get an assisted test at work, if it is available
- Attend 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
Please note: the school cannot supply you with LFD tests for adult members of your child’s bubble(s). More information on the school household testing scheme can be found on the government website. The full website address is listed at the bottom of this letter.
Once again, thank you for your continued cooperation.
Mrs M Duncan
School Business Manager
DHSC’s ‘How to do a COVID-19 Self Test (rapid antigen test)’ YouTube video
GOV.UK’s ‘COVID-19 self-test help’
The British Islamic Medical Association
GOV.UK’s ‘Households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools, nurseries and colleges: get rapid lateral flow tests’