Since welcoming our students back to full-time teaching at the College on Monday 8 March we have completed over 2,000 lateral flow tests with no positive results. We have now moved to the next phase of the testing programme and students have been issued with home testing kits that they can use at home.
Up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing. This is because they have no symptoms. To reduce the spread of the virus, we need to identify those individuals. We can do this in colleges by carrying out tests at home, twice a week.
Using the home testing kits
All staff, students and their households who are able, should test twice a week at home from now on.
All results, whether they are positive, negative or void, should be reported online using the government website.
You do not need to report negative or void results to us at College but we do need to know if your test result is positive. If you receive a positive test result please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
All staff, students and their households should continue to test twice weekly over the Easter holidays.
Everyone should test before returning to College after the Easter break. This can be completed either the night before, or morning of, the first day back.
What to do if you get a positive test result (updated guidance 6 April 2021)
Pupils, students and staff who conduct a lateral flow test at home or receive a supervised school/college-based lateral flow test as part of the rapid asymptomatic testing programme, and receive a positive result, should isolate immediately along with close contacts and other household members, in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance.
All positive results from rapid tests, whether conducted at home or at a school or college need to be confirmed with a PCR test within two days of the positive lateral flow test. Following a positive lateral flow test, a confirmatory PCR test should be booked immediately either online or by calling 119. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, pupils, students and staff and close contacts should continue to self-isolate. If the PCR test is negative, provided it was taken within two days of the positive LFT, it overrides the lateral flow test and pupils, students and staff can return to school or college, and close contacts and other household members can stop self-isolating.
Accessing testing kits for households
There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to access twice-weekly, regular testing at home, and there is more information on how to collect or order tests here. Testing is available for the households of staff and children/young people attending education and childcare setting including childminders, nurseries, schools and colleges.
The video below takes you through a step by step guide on how to complete a lateral flow test at home. There is also an instruction leaflet within each of the home testing kit packs.
Lateral flow tests are an important part of the measures we are taking across College to keep our students and staff safe. We hope that all students will continue to show their resilience and care for others by taking the tests.