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RTS March 2021 - Lateral Flow Device - Home Testing (UPDATED Friday 19th March)

You will be aware that testing for those without coronavirus symptoms is occurring across the country using COVID 19 tests known as ‘lateral flow devices’ (LFDs). This email and attached documentation is to help give you more information about the testing programme now that we are moving to HOME TESTING by students.
 
Secondary school students (and staff) have been asked to do LFD tests at home as up to one third of people who have coronavirus are asymptomatic. By testing it is hoped that we will help to reduce the spread in school settings through asymptomatic transmission. We can do this in schools by carrying out tests at home twice every week, 3-4 days apart.
 
Testing students at home
Students will collect home test kits from the Crawshaw test centre following Test 3 for those that had consent to test in school. If students have been absent for test 3, they will receive their test kits when they return to school. If a student did not have consent for testing in school, but you now wish them to have a home test kit, then please email covid19@ca.rklt.co.uk.
 
We would like them to take their tests before school on Monday and Thursday. You can choose to do this on Sunday and Wednesday evening if you prefer.
 
You will also need to tell Crawshaw the result of each test via the ARBOR PARENT PORTAL https://crawshaw-academy.uk.arbor.sc/?/home-ui/index or ARBOR APP (see details on the letter attached for full details)
 
Tests are free of charge. Students will initially receive two packs of 3 tests in a box with a leaflet on how to take the test and report the results.
 
Make sure you have enough time to do the test before going to school. Preferably this would be in the morning before going into school/college. However, we understand that for some people this may be challenging. Therefore, tests can be taken the evening before school if needed. You need to report test results.
 
Taking the test
 
Students should take the test, before coming into Crawshaw, twice a week. Students have received a leaflet with instructions on how to do the test with the kit. There is also a useful video to show you how to take the test here.
 
Students aged 18 and over should do the test themselves and report the result, with help if they need it.
Students aged 12-17 should do the test themselves with adult supervision. The adult may help the student to take the test if they need support.
Students aged 11 must be tested by an adult (e.g. parent/carer) and the adult must report the result.
 
Help and support is available, including instructions in different languages on how to test and report the results and a video showing you how to take the test.
 
There is no need to keep used test equipment after the test result has been reported. You can put it in your normal bin (household waste).
 
This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you should self- isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.
 
What should you do after the test?
 
If anyone tests POSITIVE you, your household, any support bubbles you are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days.
 
You need to report your result to both NHS Test and Trace and Crawshaw. Please email / phone us in addition to recording the result of each test via the ARBOR PARENT PORTAL or APP
 
You should order a confirmatory PCR test if you are testing at home (confirmatory PCR tests are not needed if the test was conducted at the Asymptomatic Test Site at School/college).
 
If the result of the test is unclear (void) you should do another test.
 
NEGATIVE and VOID results should be reported to both NHS Test and Trace and Crawshaw.
 
A negative result does not guarantee that you are not carrying the virus. So, you should continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands and observing social distancing.
 
If you or anyone in your household gets symptoms of the virus you should follow national guidelines. on self-isolation and testing.
 
You need to report each test result
NHS Test & Trace The result of each test needs to be reported using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.
 
Crawshaw: You will also need to tell Crawshaw the result of each test. This will be via an the result of each test via the ARBOR PARENT PORTAL or APP.
 
Recording results on Arbor
 
Via the Arbor Parent Portal: https://crawshaw-academy.uk.arbor.sc/?/home-ui/index
  • Username = the email address we have on record for you (the one which you received this email to)
  • If you have more than one child at the school, first select which child you want to record the test for using the drop-down menu at the top left of your page.
  • Then click the VIEW STUDENT PROFILE button to go to their profile.
  • Click ADD INFORMATION and select ADD COVID-19 TEST RESULT.
  • Add the date and time the test was taken (please ensure the time is in the FOLLOWING FORMAT e.g. 9:05 or 09:05 (please use the ‘:’)), the test type, the barcode, the result and add any notes, then click Save
 
Via the Arbor App
  • Go to their PROFILE and click ADD INFORMATION and select ADD COVID-19 TEST RESULT.
  • Add the date and time the test was taken (please ensure the time is in the FOLLOWING FORMAT e.g. 9:05 or 09:05 (please use the ‘:’)), the test type, the barcode, the result and add any notes, then click Save

 

If you have any issues or difficulties in administering the Home tests with your child, then please email covid19@ca.rklt.co.uk.
 
SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 
Do I need to give consent?
 
Students and parents do not give written consent to take part in the home testing programme. Please read the information below on how personal information and test results are shared and the privacy notice (attached). The consent you may have provided for the testing in school does not now count.
Once you open the kit you should take and report the results of the tests?to?NHS Test & Trace and Crawshaw, regardless of the result (positive, negative, or void).
 
Reporting problems or issues with testing
If there is an issue with the test kit, for example something is missing, please report it by calling 119 and please also tell the school.
If an accident or injury happens whilst using the test kit, please seek medical care by calling 111 (or 999 if it is an emergency). Please also report what happened using this website: https://coronavirus-yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/
 
What type of tests will be used?
We will be sending home Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests. They are a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus.
The tests are easy to use and give results in 30 minutes.
 
Further information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/understanding-lateral-flow-antigen-testing-for-people-without-symptoms

 

Are LFD tests accurate?
Lateral Flow Devices identify?people?who are likely to be infectious. These? individuals tend to spread the virus to many people and so identifying?them through this test is?important.?

 

These tests have been widely and successfully used to detect COVID-19 in asymptomatic individuals and are approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).?The speed and convenience of the tests supports the detection of the virus in asymptomatic individuals, who would not otherwise have got tested.

 

The tests are highly specific, with low chance of false positives. They are also very sensitive and are able to identify the majority of the most infectious yet asymptomatic individuals. Extensive evaluation has been carried out on the tests and it shows that?they?are both accurate and sensitive enough to be used in the community for screening?and surveillance purposes.?

 

It is important to remember that these tests are?only an aid to help stop the spread of the virus and you should continue to follow other guidance such as?on?wearing?face coverings?and?social distancing.?
 
How are LFD tests different to PCR tests?
There are 2 main types of test to check if you have coronavirus:
polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests check for the genetic material (RNA) of the virus in the sample - you send the sample for processing at a lab
lateral flow device (LFD) tests detect proteins called ‘antigens’ produced by the virus
 
LFD tests give rapid results, in 30 minutes after taking the test.
 
What does it mean if my child has a positive result?
If your child has a positive antigen LFD test result they, their household and any support bubbles they are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days. You need to report your result to both?NHS Test & Trace?and Crawshaw.?
 
You should order a confirmatory PCR test if you are testing at home (confirmatory PCR tests are not needed if the test was conducted at the Asymptomatic Test Site at Crawshaw.
You can book a test here.
 
What does it mean if my child has a negative result?
A negative result does not guarantee that your child is not carrying the virus. So, you should continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands.
 
What if my child has a void result?
If the result of the test is unclear (void), they should take another one. If the next test is also void, your child should take a PCR test. You can book a test here.
All test results need to be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and Crawshaw.
 
Do I need to send the test to a lab?
No. The LFDs supplied do not need to be sent to a laboratory to get a result and can give a quick result in around 30 minutes. Guidance on self-testing is contained in the ‘Instructions for Use’ leaflet, which comes with the test kit. There is also a useful video to show you how to take the test here.
 
How do you report the result?
it is positive, negative or void) using this service. You also need to tell the school the test result. You will receive a text or email from NHS Test & Trace confirming that you have reported your test result.
All test results need to be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and Crawshaw.
 
Can I or someone else in my household use a test kit sent home from school?
No, however whole families and households with primary school, secondary school, and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, will be able to test themselves twice every week from home. This testing can be accessed through the following channels:

 

get a rapid test at work, through workplace testing. Ask your employer for more information
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 (you can find your nearest test site via the postcode checker www.gov.uk/find-covid-19-lateral-flow-test-site or check your local council website)
collect tests to do at home, find your nearest collection site COVID Test Finder (test-and-trace.nhs.uk)
 
If these options are not possible, there will be a supply of rapid tests for order online for people who need them the most.?More information can be found on http://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
 
There is more information available about testing for households and bubbles of students.
 
How will personal information and test results be shared?
When your child takes a Lateral Flow test, you need to report the result. This is so that their test result can be traced, which means that you need to share some information about your child.
 
You need to tell the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC):
?  your child’s name
?  your child’s test result
?  the reference number on the test Kit
You will also need to tell your child’s school or college their test result.
 
Under UK law, your child’s school or college can collect and store test result data because it is in the ‘public interest’. This means that your child’s data helps us to stop the spread of the virus, and to keep your children in school. For example, we will tell your child to self-isolate if they get a positive test result.
 
Schools and colleges will only share information with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) if the test kits used are found to be faulty. If this happens, DHSC will use our information to contact people who used the faulty tests, so that they can be tested again. This will ensure that testing is accurate and helps keep us all safe.
 
When you report test results online, you are sharing information with DHSC. They may share the information with your GP, local government, NHS, and Public Health England. This is so that they can offer your family health services and guidance if your child needs to self-isolate. They might also use your child’s data anonymously (without their name or contact information) to research COVID-19, and improve our understanding of the virus.