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Self Testing at Home

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Students will shortly be moving to twice weekly, rapid COVID-19 testing at home. This is following their first three supervised tests on site at school/college. 

Up to 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading it without knowing. Getting into a regular habit of testing twice a week will help stop the virus spreading, keeping your family and friends safer.  

Please make sure your child tests themselves twice a week 3-5 days apart, in the morning before school if possible and, if not, the evening before. 

If your child has not been tested at school yet, then please get in touch with us so that we can arrange a time for them to be tested on site, before beginning home testing.  

This does not replace testing for those with symptoms. If you have symptoms you must self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.  

Reporting results 
It is really important that results of test are reported online straight away, even if your child’s result is negative or void. It’s easy to do via the Test Register at Wonde – activation details have been sent to parents/carers. This will report results directly to school then provide the link to report to gov.uk.  

Results can also be reported via telephone by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm. 

Testing for parents, households and bubbles twice a week 
A reminder that regular rapid testing is now also available for parents, their households and support or childcare bubbles. The government is encouraging all families to participate in twice weekly testing to help stop the spread. 

Parents and other adults in the household can access tests by: 

  • Ordering tests online www.gov.uk/order-school-household-tests   
  • Getting an assisted test at work, if it is available 
  • Attending a test site to get tested (where you will be able to see how to take the test) or pick up tests to do at home. 

To find out more on school household testing visit Households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools and colleges: get rapid lateral flow tests - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff

We continue to encourage everyone to take part in regular Covid-19 testing. Information, including a video showing how to do a test from home can be found at the top of this page. 

If you have any questions or queries around this please email hometesting@basildonacademies.org.uk, this and any other school email address should not be used for recording results.