COVID student home testing
Home testing will resume from Sunday 12th September. Test kits will be issued on students return to school and automated reminders from Test Register will re-commence.
Testing at home does not require written medical consent, as consent is given by completing the test. Please read the
Privacy Notice for home testing. By collecting and opening test at home kits, an individual gives medical consent and is legally committed to reporting their results via the NHS Test & Trace reporting system.
Taking the test at home
Students should take the test twice a week, on a Sunday and Wednesday afternoon or evening.
Here is a helpful easy read guide and video on how to take the test and report the results and there is further help and support available, including instructions in different languages and large print.
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. A student with symptoms should not attend Sewell Park at this point.
What should you do after the test?
A positive result needs to be reported as soon as possible to NHS Test & Trace and the current guidance for isolation followed. If the positive result was from an LFD test it is strongly recommended to get a PCR test to confirm the result.
Please also report the positive result to Sewell Park Academy, either by calling the office or via the TestRegister website as detailed below.
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 & Trace and Sewell Park Academy via the TestRegister website as detailed below.
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 current national guidelines on self-isolation and testing.
You need to report each test result on both Test Register and Gov.uk
Reporting a test result
An email from TestRegister (www.testregister.co.uk) will be sent to your child's school email address and to the parent email address held by the school. This is a simple system that can be accessed from a laptop or phone and will allow you to register each test result quickly. Please see this student presentation for more details.
Sewell Park will continue to operate a small ATS for those students unable or unwilling to test themselves at home and arrangements for this will need to be discussed with our COVID Coordinators.