- Created: Monday, 01 March 2021 13:21
Information on how to conduct lateral flow tests in schools
Lateral flow test for schools. Step by step on how to swab, and take the test.
Be careful not to touch your tongue with the swab.
Blow your nose, wash or sanitise your hands.
Swab your tonsils, (or where they used to be) then swab your nostrils.
Squeeze and realise, then drop liquid into the cartridge.
These tests are NOT available via school - we only hold test kits for our own staff and students.
Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus (COVID-19) do not have symptoms but can still pass it on to others. Regular testing of people without symptoms (asymptomatic testing) is important to help stop the virus spreading. As lockdown restrictions gradually ease, we all need to play our part to help protect each other.
On Sunday 28 February, the Department of Health and Social Care announced that from Monday 1 March, households with primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, can test themselves twice every week at home as schools return from Monday 8 March. Households, childcare and support bubbles of primary, secondary and college staff can also be tested. Twice-weekly testing will also be offered to adults working in the wider school community, including bus drivers and after school club leaders. The twice-weekly test kits can be accessed:
- via employers if they offer testing to employees
- at a local test site
- by collecting a home test kit from a test site
- by ordering a home test kit online
This guidance provides information on who can be tested and how you can get a test.
This link will take you to how to access the tests Household/Bubble LFTs
Welcome to the Sponne Lateral Flow Testing Centre in the Thomas Hollick Hall!
Outside the hall you will see QR codes on the walls - scanning these will take you to our Sponne Lateral Flow test video if you would like a reminder of how to do the test
When you come into the hall you will meet our testing team and you might recognise some of these staff - Mrs Orrin - our Centre Manager:
Mrs Porteous, our first aider:
Mrs White - one of our centre administrators:
There will be other staff in the centre assisting with students, cleaning and set up, who will all be wearing PPE to keep everybody safe and all of these staff have been NHS trained for the roles that they are performing.
Mr Massey may not be wearing PPE on the gate when you arrive at school but you can be sure he will be eagerly looking forward to seeing you all; he has been very involved in the lateral flow testing over the last few weeks and is something of an expert now and may well drop into the centre during the day.
As you arrive at the hall you will be checked in, sanitising as you go, and you will see booths to your left.
These booths offer you privacy and there are instructions on the wall in front of you to take you through the process as well as a mirror and tissues. This is where you will swab and prepare your sample. Centre staff will be available at every stage to help you if you are worried or unsure about anything.
Once you have swabbed you will go to a desk in the middle of the hall where you will process your test - again there will be instructions on the desk and staff to assist
And finally you will take your lateral flow device to the administrators who will be seated at the desks along the far wall; they will log the test for you, and process your results.
You will then leave the hall, sanitising on your way and meet with staff to check how you are and then direct you to lessons as soon as possible.
We look forward to seeing you all very soon and working together to keep our community safe and well.