COVID student home testing
Following two on-site LFD tests at Sewell Park ATS at the start of the autumn term, twice weekly home testing will resume. Student home test kits will be issued on a regular basis until any future revision by the Department for Education and Public Health England.
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?
If anyone tests positive, that individual, the household and 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 the result to both NHS Test & Trace and to Sewell Park Academy using the TestRegister website as detailed below.
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 Sewell Park Academy).
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 using 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 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.