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Home Testing

Please see all the information you need below regarding home testing...

We are asking students to routinely take a lateral flow test at home every Monday and Friday evening, and to continue throughout the Easter holiday period following the same pattern. 

The results, both negative and positive, must be reported to the NHS, the process for which is explained in the leaflet 'Your step-by-step guide for Covid-19 self-testing' (15 January 2021 Version 1.3.2).  Please discard the older version inside the packs.  You are also required to inform UCC.  Links are included below for your convenience.

The results, both negative and positive, must be reported to:
1)  NHS, please see 'Your step-by-step guide for Covid-19 self-testing' leaflet issued with the test kits. NHS link:  www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

2)  UCC via this link:  
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=nQwha5qrVEyP4jBb0lvW5b6_rzXxNUhEqpgucVmjUspUMlQ2UlhBRUZBQ1JVSkFKWENKTUdBVlZRMy4u

Only if your test is positive – please also e-mail covid@ucc.rutland.sch.uk stating your child’s name, tutor group and the date the test was taken. If your child receives a positive result for their LFD test you must order a confirmatory PCR test as soon as possible by following this link: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

We would like the tests to be completed every Friday and Monday evening because a PCR confirmatory test is required if anyone records a positive test using the LFD Home Test kit.   

This additional PCR test is to mitigate the issue of LFD tests producing some false positive outcomes.  By taking the test on a Friday evening it allows students to book and complete the PCR test at a test centre if they record a positive LFD test and potentially return to College on Monday. Please see some examples to explain this further below:

Example 1 – positive lateral flow device test, followed by a negative PCR test  

Friday   Weekend   Monday   

‘Student A’ student tests positive from Home LFD test.  

  

Student A’s family completes the online forms to inform the school and government.  

Student A takes a confirmatory PCR test, which comes back negative and then informs the school.   Student A attends school on Monday as normal.   

Example 2 – positive lateral flow device test, followed by a positive PCR test  

Friday   Weekend   Monday    Tuesday  
‘Student A’ student tests positive from Home LFD test.   Student A takes a confirmatory PCR test, which comes back positive and then informs the school.   All students from the Year group remain at home and complete work at home by accessing the Self Isolation page on the school website.   Student A and close contacts do not attend school until the designated return date and complete work at home by accessing the Self Isolation page on the school website.  

‘Student A’ student tests positive from Home LFD test.  

  

Student A’s family completes the online forms to inform the school and government  

School sends out an email to inform parents of a positive case and that their child should not attend on Monday. School completes close contact tracking process and identifies a number of students who need to self isolate for 10 days. These students are contacted by email.   All other students from the Year group who are not close contacts return to school.   


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9XR8RZxKNo&list=PLvaBZskxS7tzQYlVg7lwH5uxAD9UrSzGJ&index=1

If you have any questions about the home testing process then please contact:  rapidtesting@ucc.rutland.sch.uk

STAFF Home Testing:
UCC - http://bit.ly/3kMJLp1
NHS - www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

Please note - anyone who has previously received a positive Covid PCR test, should not be retested using lateral flow (or PCR)  tests within 90 days of that test, unless they develop new Covid-19 symptoms.