Asymptomatic Testing – Staff

Anyone who has had a positive COVID test in the last 90 days should not take part in the asymptomatic testing process until this time period has lapsed as it can lead to false positives.

 If any symptoms of COVID do return in this period, the usual process of self-isolation and booking in for a PCR test should be followed. The lateral flow devices should not be used at any point if you are showing symptoms of COVID.

Staff recording results of the asymptomatic testing

You need to record the result on both our tracking document as well as the NHS test and trace site.

  • Internal Tracking Microsoft form
  • NHS Test and Trace Site   Choose the “A school, college or other education provider” when prompted to choose who you are processing the test for and then type in Wyke. We will then appear in the list and you can choose it.

You must record your result every time, regardless of the outcome (either positive, negative or void).

Thank you for all you’re doing to keep our community safe.

Staff asymptomatic testing using home testing kits

Testing is important because you could be carrying the virus and may spread it to others. Testing all staff and students without symptoms will support the education sector to continue to operate.  Simple and quick tests using antigen Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) enable the rapid testing of staff and students, from their home, without the need for a laboratory. This is opt-in but we would like as many staff as possible to be completing these tests to keep our college community safe.

Testing will help to break chains of transmission You will need to:

  • carry out twice weekly testing at home (3 to 4 days apart) before coming into the education setting in the morning
  • maintain ‘hands-face-space’

IMPORTANT: Tests are only for the use of the person assigned the kits, they should not be taken by anyone else.

There is a clear video guide on the entire process of home testing from the DfE. All staff completing these tests should watch this before attempting to take a test.

In your pigeon hole (or via your line manager for those teams without pigeon holes) you will find a test kit with your name on it and a leaflet – this leaflet replaces the one that is in the box. Please make sure that you read the instructions (v.1.3.2) not the one that is contained within the box. Importantly, you should not eat or drink anything but water for at least 30 minutes before taking the test.

When you have completed the test, you will need to record the results on both the NHS test and trace site and an internal Microsoft form. We are going to set up a page with links to these for your convenience (to be circulated in the next 24 hours). You must record your result every time, regardless of the outcome (either positive, negative or void).

The college has a detailed privacy notice about what happens with your information here: ​docx icon Privacy Notice – Staff test at home.docx

If you receive a positive test, you should immediately self-isolate, register this on both systems, book a confirmatory PRC test through the normal routes, and let the college know about your absence in the normal way.

Within the box there are seven test kits, which should last approximately 4 weeks. We will be putting a process into place for you to ‘order’ further testing kits and we will share this over the coming weeks.

Please have your first test on site using our test centre as this will help guide you through the process. The sign-up process for this is detailed in the email that I recirculated this morning. From that point, you are responsible for the frequency (every 3-5 days) and reporting of your asymptomatic testing.

Asymptomatic testing using the lateral flow test do not negate the need to self-isolate should you have any of the key symptoms. If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 you should book for a PCR test rather than use the test kits provided.

If you have any questions or queries about asymptomatic testing please email urgent@wyke.ac.uk so that we can manage these centrally.