COVID-19 Schools National Testing Programme - Frequently Asked Questions

How will this actually help ensure face to face education?

This will help identify asymptomatic cases – which make up a third of all cases – limiting the spread of the virus.  

How do I consent to my child taking the Lateral Flow Test?

Consent forms will be sent out to parents and students before any testing takes place.  Here is a copy of the letter sent to Parents of students attending our Key Worker and Vulnerable provision during the National lockdown with links to consent forms. Please only complete these if your student is attending this provision.  

How can I find out more about how my data is used for testing purposes and by NHS Test and Trace?

See the attached privacy statement for the school and NHS Test and Trace privacy here.

What type of test will be used?

Lateral flow tests will be used in the first instance. These deliver a result in approximately 30 minutes.

How is the test carried out?

The test is a self administered however students and staff will be guided by a trained member of staff.  Instructions can be accessed here.

Will my child be forced to take a test if I don’t want them to? What if teachers and staff don’t want to be tested?

The tests aren’t compulsory. However, staff and students who experience COVID-19 symptoms must continue to follow government guidance as normal, including immediate self-isolation and should book a PCR test at an NHS Testing Centre.

What will happen if my child’s Lateral FLow Test result is positive or if a teacher tests positive?

They and their household will need to stay at home for 10 days and follow the government's self-isolation guidance.


And what if the Lateral Flow Test is negative?

Pupils will be able to carry on going to school and teachers will be able to carry on working.

How will the testing be carried out?

Testing will be provided through sites on school and college grounds.

Will students have to prove they have had a test to go back to school or college after the staggered start in January?

Proof of a negative test result will not be required to return to education.

Will teachers be conducting these tests?

Teachers will not be expected to administer tests. School leaders and administrrative staff will be asked to help with the logistics, administration and supervision. Classroom teachers and support staff who work with chidren will be providing face-to-face and remote education for their students 

I would like to volunteer to help with the supervision and administration of the testing?

We would welcome volunteers who have a school, medical or administrative background who is able to attend school for one or more days a week.  If you are interested please review this advert and then complete this online form.  We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All  volunteers must share this commitment and must consent to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Where can I find out more?

More information can be found via these links

Gavin Williamson: If we work together on coronavirus testing, we can keep schools open

Coronavirus testing for secondary and college students in the first week of the spring term: Your questions answered

Mass testing in schools: Your questions answered

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The Kimberley School

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