Coronavirus home testing for learners and staff

Coronavirus (COVID-19) asymptomatic home testing for Adult Learning Centres

Rapid testing using Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) will support the return to education by helping to identify people who are infectious but do not have any Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.

Home test kits will be available for all staff and learners, the week before the start of the Summer Term, from Monday 19th April 2021. Both staff and learners will self-swab and test themselves up to twice a week. The Introduction to Rapid Lateral Flow testing video explains how lateral flow tests work.

Staff and learners must report their result to NHS Test and Trace as soon as the test is completed either online or by telephone as per the instructions in the home test kit. Please note that you will need to enter the postcode GU22 9PE when recording your results as we are registered under our Woking Adult Learning Centre address. Staff and learners should also share their result, either positive or negative, with Surrey Adult Learning by completing our online Covid-19 test results form, calling our Customer Service Team on 0300 200 1044, emailing the results to adultlearning@surreycc.gov.uk or informing Centre Staff.

A home testing model will be introduced, and home test kits will be available for all staff and learners for the start of the Summer Term from Monday 26th April 2021. Both staff and learners will self-swab and test themselves twice a week.

Staff and learners must report their result to NHS Test and Trace as soon as the test is completed either online or by telephone as per the instructions in the home test kit. Staff and learners should also share their result, either positive or negative, with the Centre to help with contact tracing.

Individuals with a positive LFD test result will need to self-isolate in line with the Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. They must arrange to have a lab-based test to confirm the result if the test was done at home. The lab-based, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests are the most reliable COVID-19 tests but take some time to get the results. Those with a negative LFD test result can continue to attend the Centres unless they have individually been advised otherwise by NHS Test and Trace or Public Health professionals (for example, as a close contact).

Testing remains voluntary but is strongly encouraged.