Home Testing Kit Distribution - March 2021
Tuesday 16th March 2021.
Dear Parent / Carer
If your child has completed the three Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests in school, they have today been issued with Home Testing Kits.
Your child(ren) have been given two boxes (each box contains three home tests). PLEASE NOTE The instructions contained within each kit are incorrect so a new separate printed leaflet has also been issued and when you open the first test kit for the first time, please destroy the instruction within the boxes and read and retain the separate leaflet supplied (the instruction leaflet that you should follow is leaflet version 1.3.2.)
The two boxes issued to each child will be enough to complete tests as follows:
Tuesday 16th March – test in the evening
Sunday 21st March and Wednesday 24th March 2021 – test in the evening
Please continue to follow the Sunday and Wednesday pattern moving forward, including testing over the Easter break in line with government guidance. Importantly, please ensure your child takes a test on Sunday 11th April 2021 before returning to school on Monday 12th April 2021.
Additional supplies of home testing kits are due to be delivered to the academy later this week and will be distributed to your child(ren) in tutor time.
The government guidance asks that students taking the LFD test at home report their results:
a) To the NHS
b) To the academy
NHS reporting is either completed online or by telephone – you should follow the instruction in the new instruction leaflet provided.
Academy reporting is via a Microsoft Forms link which can be accessed here. The Priory Belvoir Academy Student - Home Lateral Flow Test - Reporting Results
As always, thank you in advance for your support with these measures which I hope will give a further layer of reassurance and support.
Mr L S Newton
Frequently Asked Questions and Key Information
It is important you are aware of some key information which is detailed below, as well as to read carefully and understand the instructions provided within the kits. If you do have any questions or concerns, please follow the guidance included with the LFD testing kits. If it is a medical emergency that requires an immediate response, you should seek support by calling the appropriate medical service / response i.e. 111 or 999.
When should the tests be taken?
Children will need to carry out twice-weekly testing at home (three to four days apart) before coming into the Academy in the morning.
Who are the tests for?
Tests are only for the use of the person assigned the kits; they should not be taken or used by anyone else.
Can children and young people swab themselves?
No children below the age of 11 should be tested using the LFD home test kits. Secondary pupils aged 11 should have the test administered by an adult. Pupils aged 12-17 should be supervised by an adult but can swab themselves.
Is there more help or guidance on what to do?
The government has asked us to share this link with you, which you may find helpful: Step by step guide to COVID-19 self-testing - YouTube
How do we report the result and who to?
You will need to report your results, even if negative or void, to NHS Test and Trace using the following link: Report a COVID-19 test result - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk); or by phone (number in test kit instructions).
It is important that you report your result to the Academy as well. The easiest way to do this is by completing this Microsoft Forms link The Priory Belvoir Academy Student - Home Lateral Flow Test - Reporting Results. If you are unable to access this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org giving your child’s name and tutor group alongside the result.
What happens if we get a void result?
Take another LFD test. If you receive two void results in a row, you should book a PCR test. Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
What happens if we get a positive result?
Begin isolation alongside the household and arrange a PCR test. Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) Follow all government guidance regarding isolation and gain further medical advice if required. Inform the Academy as soon as possible so close contact tracing can be undertaken.
What happens if we get a negative result?
You can continue to attend school but must follow all current guidance and continue to follow social distancing and good hygiene procedures.
When will we receive the next set of tests?
These will be issued to children once the first six tests have been used and within the timeframe of testing.
Should my child take part if they have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 90 days?
If your child has tested positive (through a PCR test) in the past 90 days, they do not have to take part in the testing process, but they may do so if they wish. However, if they do take part and they receive a positive test result from an LFD test, they will have to isolate in line with the guidance and arrange a PCR test. If your child is identified as a close contact, they will be asked to isolate, irrespective of whether they have previously tested positive or not.
Can other people in our household use LFD testing?
The LFD home test kits provided from school should only be used by the children to whom they are issued and by whom they are intended to be used. If wider households wish to take part in LFD testing, further details can be found at: All households with children of school age to get 2 rapid COVID-19 tests per person per week - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Participation and Data Protection
All participation in testing is voluntary. Once you have understood the testing process and have read the privacy notice (add in link), if you choose to participate you are committing to self-administer the test and report your results via the NHS Test & Trace digital platform and to your education setting.
Before taking your test, you must do two things at home:
1. Read the privacy notice to understand what will happen with your data.
2. Make sure you have a copy of and have read and understood the new Instructions for Use v1.3.2, ensuring it is the correct version
If there are any issues with tests that could potentially impact the quality or safety of testing, raise a ‘yellow card’ as detailed below. You can also speak to the Academy for support.
Clinical issue - If there is a clinical incident which led to or has potential for harm, participants are advised to report it on https://coronavirusyellowcard.mhra.gov.uk.
This is not for seeking immediate medical care. Medical care should be sought through the usual route of contacting 111 or 999.
Non-clinical issue - For incidents occurring at home, participants are advised to report any issues (something damaged, or missing or difficult to use in the kit, unable to log result etc) to 119.
Examples of clinical issues are a swab breaking in the mouth; bleeding; allergic reaction on using the kit, etc. An example of a non-clinical issue would be missing items from a test kit.
Inform the Education Setting - Participants should inform their education setting about ongoing test-related problems, so that the school can check if this is a wider issue across other users.
Other important points to remember:
Having a negative LFD test does not mean that we can relax our approach to social distancing and good hand and respiratory hygiene. All of these measures remain extremely important and must continue to be followed.
This asymptomatic testing programme does not replace current guidance for those with symptoms or those identified as a close contact of a positive case. Anyone with symptoms, whether they are involved in this programme or not, should book a free NHS test and follow government self-isolation guidance until the results of their test are known.