Lateral Flow Device Covid-19 Testing

Tuesday 20th April 2021

We are aware of some ‘chat’ on social media platforms and wish to clarify what happens if a student or member of staff receives a positive result on their at-home Lateral Flow Device.

In the event of a positive test the result must be reported online at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result (or by calling 0300 303 2713), self-isolate and book a confirmatory PCR test. This can be done at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 0800 028 2816. We advise visiting a drive through or walk-through test site as this is the quickest way to get tested, or participants can order a home test kit.

It is important that individuals who test positive, and anyone else who lives in the same household, begin self-isolation immediately after they receive the positive result from the LFD test, and do not wait until the result of their PCR test.

A positive test result via Lateral Flow Device will feed into the Test and Protect contact tracing system and commence contact tracing for the positive case. The person who has tested positive will then be offered a confirmatory PCR test.

If the PCR test is negative, individuals will be contacted by Test and Protect who will advise them on what to do next. In most cases this will involve ending self-isolation and returning to school, provided the individual continues to have no symptoms. In some limited circumstances the individual may be advised by Test and Protect to continue self-isolation if a risk assessment determines this to be appropriate.

We view LFD Testing as an important mitigation that helps keep us all as safe as possible and the school open.   We continue to strongly recommend that all students and staff participate in our twice weekly programme and thank those who are.

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