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Rapid testing

Simple and quick tests using antigen Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) enable the rapid testing of secondary age students, from their home.

Testing is important because students could be carrying the virus and may spread it to others. Testing all staff and pupils of secondary age and above (11+) without symptoms will support the education sector to continue to operate.

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 ‘hand-face-space’

IMPORTANT: Tests are only for the use of the student assigned the kits, they should not be taken by anyone else in the family or otherwise.

How to carry out the tests

There is a really helpful video on YouTube called a Step by step guide to Covid 19 self-testing with Dr Amir Khan from the TV

This really explains every step clearly.

Anyone who is aged 11 should be given support to administer the test. Those 12 and above should be supported to self administer if they are able to.

Participation and Data Protection

All participation in testing is voluntary Once you have understand the testing process and have read the privacy notice, if you choose to participate you are committing to self-administer the test and report your results via the NHS Test & Trace digital platform and to your education setting. Before taking your test, you must do three things:

1. Read the privacy notice to understand what will happen with your data. We have sent a copy of this for you to read.

2. Take a copy of the new Instructions for Use v1.3.2 or v1.3.3 and ensure it is the correct version

3. Record your details in the Test Kit Log (see following slide for details)

Covid Coordinator – Sue Holman

Registration Assistant – Ellysha Downer

Signing the kits out to families

When issuing the kits to students, the school must record who takes the test kits. This is the Test Kit Log and should include:

• Name of education setting

• Name of person issuing the test

• Date of issue

• Lot number of test kit

• Confirm receipt of new Instructions For Use

• Name of person using the test

We will register this information before we send the kits home with your child.

Instructions for Use booklet

We are required to supply test kits with the right Instructions for Use.

You will need to ensure you read the correct Instructions for Use (with a plain blue cover, and dated 15 January 2021 v 1.3.2 or v1.3.3 on the last page of the printed instructions)

The old instructions are inside the box of test kits. (Throw these away) The most up-to-date instructions come in a separately. The separate document replaces the instructions inside the box.

Reporting a test

You are required to report the results of your tests online, or by phone, every time you take a test, even if the result was negative or void.

Education settings are not able to view the results that their staff and students have uploaded to the online service. You should therefore also communicate results separately with your education setting, so that they can respond accordingly.

Reporting a Test – St. George’s LFD Form (Staff and Students)

Reporting a Test – Government Website

You will find 3 tests in each pack. Please let your teacher know how you go at home and let us know when you require a top up. 3 tests should enable you to test your child for 1 ½ weeks i.e. up to the Easter holidays if your child started back on the 8th March.

This asymptomatic testing programme does not replace current guidance for those with symptoms or those identified as a close contact of a positive case. Anyone with symptoms, whether they are involved in this programme or not, should book a free NHS test and follow government self-isolation guidance until the results of their test are known. Testing also does not replace basic preventative measures such as regular handwashing, PPE and social distancing.

People who decline to participate in this testing programme should follow the usual national guidelines on self-isolation and get tested if they show symptoms.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact school.

Sue Holman

COVID-19 Testing Privacy Statement

Ownership of the Personal Data 

To enable the Covid-19 testing to be completed at St. George’s School we need to process personal data, including the sharing of personal data where this is allowed under data protection legislation.  St. George’s School is the Data Controller for the data required for the management of tests and implementing local arrangements in the event of a positive test. 

We will process personal data relating to staff under article 6.1(f) of the UK GDPR – it is necessary in the legitimate interest of the data controller.  We will process special category personal data under the provisions of article 9.2(i) of the UK GDPR, and Part 1 of Schedule 1(3) of DPA 2018 where it is in the public interest on Public Health Grounds to ensure we can minimise the spread of COVID in a timely manner and enable us to continue to deliver education services as safely and securely as possible.  This data is processed under the obligations set out in Public Health legislation (Regulations 3(1) and (4) of the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 (COPI)) which allows the sharing of data for COVID related purposes and where it is carried out by a health care professional OR someone who owes an equivalent duty of confidentiality to that data.

Ownership of the Personal Data you share with DHSC
Every time you use a lateral flow test you must report the results. More details can be found here – Report a COVID-19 test result – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) is the data controller for the information that you transfer to them about you and your test results. For more information about what the DHSC do with your data please see their COVID-19 Privacy Notice 

The school remains the Data Controller for the data we retain about you for the management of tests and implementing local arrangements in the event of a positive test.

You should read both this Privacy Notice and the DHSC COVID-19 Privacy Notice to understand how your personal data is used prior to taking a test.

Personal Data involved 

The following personal data is processed by the school in relation to your test: 

  • Name
  • Unique code assigned to each individual test and which will become the primary reference number for the tests.
  • Test result 

For more information about what the DHSC do with your data please see their COVID-19 Privacy Notice 

How we store your personal information

The school will maintain a test kit log which will record against your name details of the testing kit which has been provided to you.  The school may also record Personal Data about you in its internal COVID-19 results register (the school’s COVID-19 results register will not be shared with DHSC).  This information will only be stored securely on locally managed systems with appropriate access controls in schools and will only be accessible to personnel involved in the management of tests and implementing local arrangements in the event of a positive test.  

The school will retain its test kit log and COVID-19 results register for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of the last entries made by the school into them.

For more information about what the DHSC do with your data please see their COVID-19 Privacy Notice 

Processing of Personal Data Relating to Positive test results 

We will use this information to enact our own COVID isolation and control processes without telling anyone who it is that has received the positive test.

For more information about what the DHSC do with your data please see their COVID-19 Privacy Notice 

This information will be kept by the school for period of twelve (12) months by the school and by the NHS for eight (8) years.

Processing of Personal Data Relating to Negative and Void test results 

We will record a negative and void result for the purpose of stock controls of tests and general performance of the testing process.

Data Sharing Partners

The personal data associated with test results will be shared with 

  • DHSC, NHS, PHE – to ensure that they can undertake the necessary Test and Trace activities and to conduct research and compile statistical information about Coronavirus.
  • Your GP – the NHS may share the information you provide with your GP to maintain your medical records and to offer support and guidance as necessary. Any data you provide to the school will not be shared with your GP.
  • Local Government to undertake local public health duties and to record and analyse local spreads.

Personal Data in the school’s test kit log will be shared with DHSC to identify which test kit has been given to which individual in the event of a product recall. The school will not share its internal COVID-19 results register with DHSC.

Your Rights

Under data protection law, you have rights including:

Your right of access – You have the right to ask us for copies of your personal information. 

Your right to rectification – You have the right to ask us to rectify personal information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask us to complete information you think is incomplete. 

Your right to erasure – You have the right to ask us to erase your personal information in certain circumstances. 

Your right to restriction of processing – You have the right to ask us to restrict the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances. 

Your right to object to processing – You have the the right to object to the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.

Your right to data portability – You have the right to ask that we transfer the personal information you gave us to another organisation, or to you, in certain circumstances.

You are not required to pay any charge for exercising your rights. If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you.

Please contact us at [insert email address, phone number and or postal address of school’s DPO] if you wish to make a request.

How to complain

If you have any concerns about our use of your personal information, you can make a complaint to us at [Insert your organisation’s contact details for data protection queries].

You can also complain to the ICO if you are unhappy with how we have used your data.

The ICO’s address:            

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane




Helpline number: 0303 123 1113