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COVID-19 Home Testing Guide

Once students have completed three Lateral Flow Tests in school, they will be issued with NHS Home Testing Kits. Students need to take their tests before school on Monday and Thursday. Having completed each test, the results must be reported to the NHS and school via the links below.

NHS Test and Trace Report Link: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

Seahaven Academy Lateral Flow Test Report Link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=u9aWExWnNUm4gYTW2Uobp3JDJMp_cqJNtJV8JB2U91hURVJKT1Q1N1Q3UFNPRlpBN1VOWk5aVU5ORy4u

It is important to allow sufficient time to complete the test before coming to school. Preferably this would be in the morning however if this is not possible any time after 7pm the night previous would be acceptable. Testing is free of charge with the kits for use by students only. Home kits for other family members can be requested from the NHS helpline.

Taking the test

Students have been given a leaflet with instructions on how to do the test with the kit, but please take a look at the video for further clarification. There is no need to keep used test equipment after the test result has been reported. This can put in normal household waste. This testing does not replace symptomatic testing. If students have symptoms, they should self- isolate immediately, book a PCR Test and follow national guidelines.   

What should you do after the test?

If a student tests positive all members of the household and any support bubble should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days. The positive result needs to be reported both NHS Test and Trace and school. The student should order a confirmatory PCR test

If the result of the test is unclear (void) students should complete a second test.

Negative and void results should be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and school.  A negative result does not guarantee that students are not carrying the virus. So, they should continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask, regular hand washing 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.

Why take part?

Taking part in testing is voluntary and all students will be able to attend school whether they take part in testing or not.

 

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