Lateral flow testing should take place twice weekly, 3 to 5 days apart. We would encourage students to take the tests on a Monday and Thursday morning, however testing regularly is far more important than sticking to any particular rota. Only positive Lateral flow test results need to be reported to the school. All LFT results should continue to be reported to the NHS (positive and negative).
Should a child test positive with a LFD:
1) Record the result with test and trace. You can use this link Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
2) Isolate the child and let the school know on 01793 770570 during school hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org outside of school hours.
From Monday 17 January 2022, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.
The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to the NHS. If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest. Here is a flow chart from Wiltshire County Council showing how to calculate the self-isolation days.
Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.
Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available here.
If you need to contact the school please call 01793 770570 during usual school hours or email email@example.com