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Lateral Flow testing

Along with the other protective measures we are taking, ‘lateral flow tests’ can help staff and students remain in College safely. Up to one third of people who have coronavirus experience no symptoms. By testing we will help to stop the virus spread and ensure face to face learning is as possible.

Although the test is voluntary, we are supporting the programme and encouraging all students and staff on site to take part.

If you have symptoms or feel unwell you must not attend College and you should book a PCR test instead.

On-site lateral flow testing for students – September 2021

First of all, we’d like to welcome you to Wakefield College, whether this is the first time you’ve studied with us or if you’re returning to continue your studies.

Your safety and that of our staff and all of our communities is of paramount importance, and that’s why in line with Government guidance, we’re offering you the opportunity to have two lateral flow tests at College, before continuing with home testing twice a week.

The tests are free, and quick and easy to do, and help us all protect each other. We’ll shortly be issuing a link to book tests and the process will be as follows:

  1. Select a convenient date and time and book your test via the link when it becomes available.
  2. Register with NHS Test and Trace to save you time when you come for your test: NHS Test and Trace registration link
  3. Come for your test.
  4. You will be notified of your result by text/email and should follow any instructions in the message.
  5. If you receive notification of a negative test, go ahead and book your second test for between three and four days after your first test. For example, if your first test was on Monday, then you should book your second for Thursday or Friday in the same week. If your test was on Thursday, then you should book your second for the following Monday or Tuesday.
  6. After having two tests at College, you should collect your free home testing kits from reception and continue testing at home twice a week. Most people find Wednesdays and Sundays work well for them.

Book your Lateral Flow Test here

Terms of consent

  • 1. I have had the opportunity to consider the information provided by the school/college about the testing, ask questions and have had these answered satisfactorily, based on the information presented in the letter given to me at enrolment and the Privacy Notice.
  • 2. In the case of under 16s, I have discussed the testing with my child and my child is happy to participate. If on the day of testing they do not wish to take part, then they will not be made to do so and consent can be withdrawn at any time ahead of the test.
  • 3. I consent to having / my child having a nose and/or throat swab for lateral flow tests. I / my child will self-swab if I / my child is able to otherwise I understand that assistance is available.
  • 4. I understand that there may be multiple tests required and this consent covers all tests. If, on the day of testing I / they do not wish to take part, then I understand I / they will not be made to do so and that consent can be withdrawn at any time ahead of the test.
  • 5. I consent that my / my child’s sample(s) will be tested for the presence of COVID-19.
  • 6. If the lateral flow test indicates the presence of COVID-19, I commit to ensuring that I / my child is removed from school/college premises as promptly as possible, bearing in mind I / they may have some anxiety following a positive test result.
  • 7. I agree that if my / my child’s test results are confirmed to be positive from this lateral flow test I understand that I / my child will be required to self-isolate and book a confirmatory PCR test following public health advice.
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