COVID-19 Rapid Testing
To safeguard the health of the school workforce and keep as many staff and pupils in school as possible, the government have made rapid-result coronavirus (COVID-19) tests available to schools.
This will help identify asymptomatic cases, which make up a third of all cases, helping to limit the spread of the virus.
Testing, along with other infection prevention and control measures such as social distancing, can ensure pupils are given the best chance of face to face education.
The main schools and colleges testing programme, using rapid lateral flow tests to find asymptomatic staff and pupils and those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) but do not have symptoms, is playing an important role in breaking chains of transmission and is continuing.
Following new advice from NHS Test and Trace and Public Health England (PHE), we are temporarily pausing the daily contact testing element of the testing programme, which was in place as an alternative to self-isolation for those who came into contact with positive cases in schools.
Students who have tested positive for COVID 19 should not test again within 90 days.
Government guidance for schools can be accessed below:
Brooke Weston Academy and The Brooke Weston Trust will continue to monitor guidance and will adopt a dynamic risk management approach to ensure the operation of the asymptomatic testing remains as safe as possible.
After 3 tests within school, students will move to home testing and packs of home tests will be issued in tutor times. The results from these home tests must be reported to the NHS track and trace and to assist with contact testing recorded for school information too.
A video explaining the testing process can be found here Video guide to self testing
For more information about COVID-19 testing and the results of our risk assessment, please see the documents below: