Home Testing Launches!
Parents/carers will be supplied with the LFD test kits to enable the students to self-swab and test themselves twice a week at home. Parents/carers 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.
Reporting test results taken at home
? Parents/carers should immediately inform us at school if the test result is positive. This will help us to identify close contacts.
? If the test result is void you do not need to inform the school. You will need to take the test again until either a positive or negative result is achieved.
? If the test result is negative, you do not need to inform the school. We will update parents/carers on the plan for home testing as soon as we receive further information.
How the tests work
We will register your child’s details and the contact information where you would like the result to be sent on the NHS Test and Trace system. The information will be taken from the consent form that you provide. Students will administer the test themselves under the supervision of trained staff and volunteers. The lateral flow tests are quick and easy to undertake, using a swab of the nose and throat. The test results are obtained after approximately 30 minutes.
What if my child tests positive?
If a student tests positive on a lateral flow device, they will be informed immediately by the school and parents/carers will be contacted. In line with government guidance your child will need to selfisolate for 10 days and will be unable to attend school during this period. If during the isolation period your child or any member of your family develop any of the Covid-19 symptoms then you should book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
What happens if the test is negative?
While a small number of pupils may need to repeat the test if the first test was invalid or void for some reason, pupils who test negative will be able to stay in school and resume their activities as normal.
What if students have been in close contact with someone in school who tests positive?
The student will be notified by the school that they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, in line with government guidance, your child will be required to self-isolate at home for 10 days and will be unable to attend school during this period.
What if my child develops symptoms?
This testing programme at school is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (including a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate, and book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
Rest assured, we will support our students throughout this whole process, but please contact us if you have any questions. Further information We have set up a ‘Covid-Testing’ section on the academy website. The section contains the privacy notice for the testing and other information relating to the testing process.