Testing Students at home
Up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing. This is because they have no symptoms. To reduce the spread of the virus, we need to identify those individuals. We can do this at school by carrying out tests at home twice every week, 3-4 days apart.
Testing twice a week should be a routine, and ideally become embedded in family life. We suggest that students take their tests before school on a Monday and Thursday.
Taking the test
Students should take the test, before coming into school, twice a week. A leaflet with instructions on how to do the test is provided with the kit. There is also a useful video to show you how to take the test here.
Help and support is available, including instructions in different languages on how to test and report the results and a video showing you how to take the test. There is no need to keep used test equipment after the test result has been reported. You can put it in your normal bin (household waste).
This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you should self- isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.
What should you do after the test?
If anyone tests positive you, your household, any support bubbles you are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days. You should order a confirmatory PCR test if you are testing at home.
If the result of the test is unclear (void) you should do another test.
You need to report your result to NHS Test and Trace, and you will also need to tell the school the result of each test by completing the following link: https://forms.gle/mfEvGyMVVprUXiah6
Negative and void results should be reported to both NHS Test and Trace, and Rainham School for Girls.
A negative result does not guarantee that you are not carrying the virus. So, you should continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands and observing social distancing.
If you or anyone in your household gets symptoms of the virus you should follow national guidelines on self-isolation and testing.
Why take part
Taking part in testing is voluntary and all students will be able to attend school whether they take part in testing or not. We are strongly encouraging all students to take part as testing at home will allow your child and other students to attend school/college as safely as possible.
Please contact Mrs C Olivares, our COVID Coordinator, if you have any questions or concerns about home testing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org