Following the completion of testing in school, pupils will now be asked to test AT HOME for Covid-19.
The letter below sets out in detail how the process will work, and what you as parents/carers are being asked to do. There is a lot of information, and some Frequently Asked Questions.
The main message is that
- All pupils will be given a box of tests. No written consent is required for the home tests.
- Pupils will be bringing home a box of 3 selftest kits.
- They will also be given an instruction leaflet. Please read through this with them.
- The tests are the same as the ones they have used in school.
- Tests should be taken twice weekly, on Mondays and Thursdays before school.
- All results need reporting to the NHS Test and Trace system www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.
- All POSITIVE and VOID results will ALSO need reporting to school via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
More kits will follow as we receive them from the government.
Please read all the information provided. If you have any further queries, please contact the school using the Contact Us form on our website.
Home testing kit letter to parents/carers 16.03.21
The following guidance was issued by the government and details how to take a swab sample. It refers to speaking to a member of staff as it was issued to help pupils take the sample in school, however we thought it may be helpful when your son/daughter takes the test at home.
• We know that children have already missed a lot of teaching time this year and understand that it is important to find the balance between identifying everyone who may be at a genuine risk of developing infection while not asking children, students and staff to self-isolate unnecessarily.
• The time when people who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) are infectious to others is from 2 days before the onset of symptoms to 10 days afterwards (or from 2 days prior to the date of their test to 10 days afterwards if they have had no symptoms)
• Only people who came into contact with an individual who has had a positive test result for coronavirus (COVID-19) during this time need to be advised to self-isolate.
COVID-19 Testing Information