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Lateral Flow testing and the return to face-to-face Teaching

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. We will be offering tests from week commencing 8th March 2021.

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

Frequently Asked Questions - Students and Staff

Home kits are now available for staff and students to collect at each campus: above the library at Castleford and next to the refectory shop at City campus. Students and staff can collect their kits when they are on campus between the following times:

9.30 – 1pm on Monday
8.30 – 1pm Tuesday to Friday

The student or staff ID badge will be required to collect the kits and IT have set up scanning stations. Students will be given two kits containing 3 tests, a booklet on how to do the test and an information sheet. Staff will be given one kit containing 7 tests.

Yes. You will be issued with a minimum of 6 tests at a time, which is a three-week supply. This is enough for you to keep up regular twice per week testing. It’s important you keep up your testing routine.

If you test twice per week, and the tests are between 3 and 5 days apart you are likely to flag up any Covid-19 infection. It is not that important what time of day you take a test. We would prefer you to test and record your results on a morning before you come into College however if this doesn’t work for you that’s fine. The most important thing is you keep up testing.

If your lateral flow test is negative, then you can come into College as normal.

Please note however, that these tests are only valid for the moment they are taken and are not perfect, so if you are experiencing or start to experience any symptoms of COVID-19, you must self-isolate and arrange a PCR test.

No. These tests are solely for the use of the person who has been issued with them.

If you, or a member of your household has symptoms of COVID-19, then they must get a PCR test.

Positive result – Yes, whether tested at College or another site, by emailing covidcase@wakefield.ac.uk stating your student ID number.

Negative result – No, whether tested at College or another site.

Please check your student email address. If you haven’t received your results in 24 hours please contact us by emailing covidcase@wakefield.ac.uk, quoting your student ID number and we'll attempt to obtain your results for you.

No. But you will need to self-isolate in accordance with the guidance.

Yes. And then follow the relevant guidance based on the result of the PCR test.

The college has registered the tests of all students except those on Adult courses. If you came in to the pre-registration desks in the refectories at either campus you don’t need to do anything else. You will receive your test results to your student email and the mobile phone you gave us.

Those who are on courses for 19+ Adults, including HE courses will go straight to the testing centre on Sandy Walk and will need to pre-register before they take their test on their own mobile device here www.gov.uk/enter-lateral-flow-test Your test results will be sent to the email and mobile phone you used to register.

You should report your result every time you take a lateral flow test. Try to do so as soon as possible after taking the test.

You cannot report a result after more than 24 hours.

To report your result, head to this page of the government website.

You will need:

  • The barcode on the test strip or the ID number printed under it (the test strip is the part of the kit that shows your result)
  • A mobile phone number to confirm receipt of your result

Results will be shared directly with staff and students participating using the mobile number and/or email provided through the registration process. This relies on the NHS system and could take up to two hours.

If your test is positive you will be contacted separately by the College.

Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed of a positive test.

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. We will be offering tests from week Commencing 8th March 2021.

Face-to-face teaching cannot commence until after you have been invited in to take your first test. Due to the volume of students to be tested, testing will commence on Monday the 8th March and “first test” appointments will take place over the following two weeks.

Tests are voluntary but by being involved you are protecting others who may be more vulnerable.

Although we strongly encourage everyone to take a test they are completely voluntary.

You do not need to contact us. We will be in touch with a second appointment. In the meantime, if you are over 16, you can book a test independently through one of the growing number of community testing sites. More details can be found here https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/about-the-council/coronavirus-information/getting-a-covid-19-test.

Results will be shared directly with staff and students participating using the mobile number and/or email provided through the registration process. This relies on the NHS system and could take up to two hours. If your test is positive you will be contacted separately by the College. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed of a positive test.

Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff. The lateral flow tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat. Trained staff will oversee the swab process, you will carry out the swabbing process yourself.

Wakefield City Campus
Castleford Campus

Results take around half an hour from testing and will be shared directly with staff and students participating using the mobile number and/or email provided through the registration process.

Where participants are under-16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed of a positive test.

The Government has shared information with us from Oxford University and Public Health England, which have indicated the tests are as accurate in identifying a case as a ‘PCR test’ (99.68% specificity).

The tests have lower sensitivity but are considered better at picking up cases when a person has higher viral load, hence the need to test frequently.

The college has registered the tests of all students except those on Adult courses. If you came in to the pre-registration desks in the refectories at either campus you don’t need to do anything else. You will receive your test results to your student email and the mobile phone you gave us.

Those who are on courses for 19+Adults, including HE courses will go straight to the testing centre on Sandy Walk and will need to pre-register before they take their test on their own mobile device here www.gov.uk/enter-lateral-flow-test Your test results will be sent to the email and mobile phone you used to register.

Tests are voluntary, but staff and students should be encouraged to be involved in the testing to benefit their colleagues, students and families.

  • Participating staff and students who test positive will be informed about their results individually. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be notified.
  • Students will need to take a further ‘PCR test’ as soon as possible bookable through: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119 to book a follow-up test at a drive-through test site if possible, as it is faster than requesting a home test.
  • During this time while they wait for the PCR result (via text / email) they will need to self-isolate.
  • If the PCR test returns a positive result you will have to self-isolate and follow the guidance from NHS Test and Trace.

They will be able to stay in College and resume their activities as normal. A student will only be told if they test positive on a ‘lateral flow’ test, so if you do not hear you can assume it was negative. A small number of students may need to repeat the test if the first test was invalid or void for some reason.

This testing programme at College is for people with no symptoms. If you develop symptoms at any time (such as a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) you must immediately self-isolate and book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

To avoid registering a false positive, it is recommended that Lateral Flow testing commences 90 days after their positive test was taken.

The vaccine programme requires two vaccinations and, even then, there will be some people who are not 100% protected. For this reason, it is recommended you should still take regular lateral flow tests. It is advised that you allow 24 hours after the vaccination to reduce the risk of a ‘false positive’ result.

Avoid eating or drinking half an hour before the test. A small amount of water is acceptable. There is unlikely to be an adverse impact of brushing teeth prior to testing but it might be prudent to wait a while before testing.

The manufacturer has confirmed that Innova swabs are latex free.

The technology used in lateral flow devices are generated from animal cells. During development, at no time have any component parts been tested on animals.

No animal products have been used in the production of the swabs. The swab is the only material with which the individual will come into direct contact. The individual using the test will not come into direct contact with any materials made from animal products. The technology is in common with other tests of this kind, including commercially available pregnancy tests.

Yes, the tests are safe to use by those who are pregnant.

The LFD test is important for everyone’s safety at College, and so on this occasion you should go into College for your test rather than stay at home and attend the lesson online. Your attendance will not be affected.