COVID Risk Assessment
Dept for Education – FAQ’s
Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Testing
This page gives you more information about the LFD testing programme in our school.
Home test kits have been received by the school and will be distributed, during the week commencing 15th March 2021, to students who have had school-administered tests. Communication to parents who have consented to their child’s testing will be sent in advance of the test distribution.
You can find additional information below, including FAQs. If your question is not answered here, please contact the school office via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Parent FAQ’s – LFD testing March 2021
With the reopening of schools, the government has asked secondary schools to extend testing using Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) to support the return of face to face education and helping to identify people who are infectious but do not have any Coronavirus symptoms.
Up to one third of people who have Coronavirus are asymptomatic. By testing we will help to reduce the spread in school through asymptomatic transmission. We have therefore strongly encouraged those returning to school to be tested.
The lateral flow tests are quick and easy to undertake, using a swab of the nose and throat. In this respect, the test is similar to a PCR test that is done in the NHS, at national testing centres or with home test kits. However, with an LFD test, results take around half an hour from testing as they do not have to be sent to a laboratory.