Lateral Flow Testing
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 in Buckinghamshire Adult Learning by carrying out tests at home twice every week, 3-4 days apart.
Taking test kits home
You will be able to collect your home test kits from the Reception staff at your local Adult Learning Centre during the first week of your course.
You will be able to collect a pack of 7 tests in a box with a separate leaflet on how to take the test and report the results. We would like you to take your tests twice a week, ideally on the day before attending your course. If you are unable to collect a test kit from an Adult Learning Centre you can also order them online for home delivery here Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Taking the test
You should take the test two times every week.
Make sure you have enough time to do the test before going to your course. Preferably this would be in the morning before going into the Adult Learning Centre. However, we understand that for some people this may be challenging. Therefore, tests can be taken the evening before Buckinghamshire Adult Learning if needed. You need to report test results.
This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you should self- isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.
Can I take the Test myself?
Students aged 18 and over should do the test themselves and report the result, with help if they need it.
Students aged 12-17 should do the test themselves with adult supervision. The adult may help the student to take the test if they need support.
You need to report each test result
The result of each test needs to be reported using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.
When asked ‘Who is the test for?’ you should tick the box for ‘A nursery, school, college, childcare provider or other education provider’
Then either tick, as relevant:
- I work for a nursery, school, college, childcare provider or other education provider (teaching and other staff)
- I go to school or college (students and pupils)
- Postcode prompt is HP19 9LJ and then choose Buckinghamshire Council
Then confirm the date of the test, LFT number, results and your details.
You will also need to report the result directly to Buckinghamshire Adult Learning online here https://forms.gle/SNhvGucqZQBvdJrS6
Why take part
Taking part in testing is voluntary and you will be able to attend Buckinghamshire Adult Learning whether you take part in testing or not.
We strongly encouraging all students to take part. Testing yourself at home will allow us to reduce the spread of the virus.
Please contact us on 01296 383505, if you have any questions or concerns about home testing.
Thank you for your support.