COVID testing services for schools (Nationwide)

The below screening options will allow your school to test staff and students on-site at the first sign of COVID symptoms. The testing services offer the fastest possible results at the lowest prices which will help keep your school open during the winter term.

All test kits are sent directly to schools and can be kept at room temperature until they are needed. The kits/swabs have a shelf life of 6-18 months. PCR swabs can be posted back to BioGrad for analysis, swabs that arrive before 1pm will be run the same day as they arrive.

Call 0151 482 9699 or e-mail info@biograd.co.uk to book your in-school testing kits

Antigen PCR test

Method of test: Nasopharyngeal swab

Result Time: Samples analysed daily at 1pm with same-day turn around.

Detection limits: Gold standard test, PHE and WHO approved. Detection limits of 2ng/ml

Price: £60* to £82.50**

Antigen point-of-care test

Method of test: Nasopharyngeal swab

Result Time: 15 minutes

Detection limits: CE-IVD approved test for diagnostic use in the UK. 90% accuracy for positive results, 100% accuracy for negative results*** Detection limits of 350ng/ml

Price: £25* to £30**

Antibody point-of-care test

Method of test: Finger prick

Result Time: 15 minutes

Detection limits: CE-IVD approved test for the detection of IgG (present for 6-8 weeks after exposure) and IgM (present as soon as 5 days after exposure). 92.3% accuracy for positive results, 99.2% accuracy for negative results

Price: £25* to £30**

Call 0151 482 9699 or e-mail info@biograd.co.uk to book your in-school testing kits

* Price for schools with healthcare professionals who can administer the tests (tests sold in packs of 25 or 100)

** Price for BioGrad staff to visit site and perform tests (minimum order of 50 tests per visit) - includes sample transport for PCR tests.

*** 10% of false negative results obtained in patients with low viral load towards the end of their infection. For increased accuracy these tests can be used alongside the point-of-care antibody test for the detection of IgM

Call 0151 482 9699 or e-mail info@biograd.co.uk to book your in-school testing kits

Opportunity to use COVID antibody status to reduce school closures:

Some schools may wish to offer all staff and students the opportunity to be tested for anti-COVID antibodies, passing the cost of the test on to parents who are concerned about school closes later this term.

IgG is present up to 6-8 weeks after COVID exposure, therefore we suggest offering a re-testing service every month to staff/students who have a negative result the first time.

Staff/students who demonstrate a positive IgG status will be able to remain in school in the event of a COVID positive result later in the term, thus reducing the risk of large school closures.

Recommendations for supply staff:

We recommend testing all supply staff who enter a class bubble for their COVID antigen status or, ask for confirmation of COVID antibody status before permitting entry to the classroom.

Call 0151 482 9699 or e-mail info@biograd.co.uk to book your in-school testing kits

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