11ᵗʰ March 2021
Dear Parents and Carers
Covid-19 Rapid Test Kits for Home testing
The Government has recently announced that all secondary and college aged students will be offered
tests to on their return to College. We have been carrying out testing for staff and learners
onsite since January and are now able to offer kits for home testing to those that want to take
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 at Camphill by carrying out tests at home twice every week, 3-4 days apart.
Testing at home
We understand that each learner has individual needs. Many will adapt to testing becoming part of
their routine, others will find it more challenging. Taking part in testing is voluntary and all
learners will be able to attend Camphill whether they take part or not. We hope that the option to
take the test in the morning or the evening will support families to test at home. We will continue
to offer onsite testing at Camphill to learners if this is preferred.
For some of our learners, having their first 3 tests on-site via the Asymptomatic Testing Site
(ATS) at Camphill will help them get used to the tests before they begin doing them at home.
In circumstances where a learner would not be able to be tested through an ATS but who could be
tested at home by (or with support from) a suitably competent adult. Settings can provide home
testing kits to them without the student being tested at an ATS first, where this is appropriate.
As a minimum, the first 3 tests done at home (if not initially done via ATS) should be administered
by the learner’s parent or carer (meaning the parent or carer should do the swab as well as the
If you agree that it is appropriate for your child to be tested at home and you feel able to
support them, they will be able to collect their home test kits from us at Camphill
Wakefield. Please contact Reception to inform us if you and your young person would like to take
part in home testing we can then arrange for a testing kit to be collected/ sent home. If you have
not already provided one, please fill in the Consent Form available on our website or request a
copy from Reception.
Tests are free of charge. Your child will receive a pack of 7 tests in a box with a leaflet on how
to take the test and report the results.
Make sure you have enough time to do the test before going to college. Preferably this would be in
the morning before going into college. However, we understand that for some people this may be
challenging. Therefore, tests can be taken the evening before college if needed. You need to report
all test results.
Taking the test
Your child should take the test twice a week, before coming into college or the night before. A
leaflet giving instructions on how to do the test will be given with the test kit. There is also a
useful video to show you how to take the test here.
Help and support is available, including instructions in different languages on how to test and
report the results and a video showing you how to take the test.
There is no need to keep used test equipment. After the test result has been reported, you can put
it in your normal bin (household waste).
This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms you should self- isolate
immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.
While the instructions included with home testing kits focus on taking a swab of both the throat
and nose, this may not be possible due to dexterity and sensory issues. In these circumstances it
is acceptable to swab both nostrils instead. This is what we have been recommending during college
testing and students have been able to swab themselves with guidance. As parents and carers you can
provide help if necessary.
What should you do after the LFD test?
If your child (or anyone in your household) tests positive or gets coronavirus. If anyone tests
positive you, your household, any support bubbles you are part. If anyone tests positive you, your
household, any support bubbles you are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS
Test and Trace guidance for 10 days.
You need to report your result to both NHS Test and Trace and Camphill.
You should order a confirmatory PCR test if you are testing at home (confirmatory PCR tests are not
needed if the test was conducted at the Asymptomatic Test Site at School/college).
If the result of the test is unclear (void) you should do another test.
Negative and void results also need to be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and Camphill.
A negative result does not guarantee that you are not carrying the virus. So, you should continue
to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask
and regularly washing your hands and observing social distancing.
If you or anyone in your household gets symptoms of the virus you should follow national guidelines
on self-isolation and testing.
You need to report each test result
The result of each test needs to be reported using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website:
You will also need to tell the school the result of each test by sending an email to
Taking part in testing is voluntary and all learners will be able to attend Camphill whether they
take part in testing or not.
I am strongly encouraging all learners to take part. Testing at home will allow your child and
others to attend Camphill and help to reduce the spread of the virus.
A copy of this letter with links activated will be available on our website along with Privacy
Notices detailing how your personal data is used in the testing process.
Please contact Michelle Rowe, if you have any questions or concerns about home testing.
Thank you for your support.
You can download this document as a PDF which also includes a FAQ section here.