Update on twice weekly Covid testing at home – Letter to parents 18/03/2021
18th March 2021
Update on twice weekly Covid testing at home
A huge thank you for your support with testing so far. Well over 90% of students have been tested 3 times and several asymptomatic cases have been identified. This will have helped to protect us all from the possible spread of Covid-19.
From Monday 22nd March, in line with government guidance, we will be moving to twice weekly testing at home. We will be sending home COVID-19 testing kits with your child on Friday 19th March. Please make sure your child tests themselves twice each week. Ideally these would on Sunday evening and Wednesday evening. Your child should not eat or drink for 30mins before the test is taken.
Each test pack includes a leaflet with instructions on how to do the test. A short video can also be accessed here and the graphic in the FAQ with this letter gives a simple overview. Help and support is available, including instructions in different languages at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-self-test-help .
For those students who are anxious about completing the tests at home, we can still provide a small testing service on site. You will need to inform your child’s Hub Director if you wish to access this provision via:
The Bridge – Mrs Hayer firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 8/9 – Mr Barrett email@example.com
Year 10/11 – Miss Wright firstname.lastname@example.org
P16 Select – Mr Michael email@example.com
This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you should self- isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines. You can book a test here.
What should you do after the test?
All results whether positive, negative or void need to be reported to both NHS Test and Trace and the school.
Reporting to NHS Test and Trace
Report your test result to NHS Test and Trace by following this link NHS Test and Trace. Results can also be reported to NHS Test and Trace via telephone by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm.
Reporting your results to school
It is important to keep a note of your child’s results which you must share with the school as soon as known. To do this we are asking you to complete the following online form via https://forms.office.com/r/Dw5sjuSKDv and include the following:
• Your child’s name
• Year group
• Date of test
• Time of test
• Your child’s test result
• The reference number on the test Kit
If anyone tests positive you, your household and any support bubbles you are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days. You should book or order a confirmatory PCR test. If the result of the test is unclear (void) you should do another test. If you are not sure about any of this please contact us and we can explain what you need to do.
A negative result does not guarantee that you are not carrying the virus. So, you should continue to follow social distancing and other measures to reduce transmission, such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands and observing social distancing in line with national guidance.
If you or anyone in your household gets symptoms of the virus you should follow national guidelines on self-isolation and testing. Your child should also continue testing twice a week, at home, throughout the Easter school holidays. We will be sending home extra kits for the Easter holiday before term ends.
Testing for parents, households and bubbles twice a week
A reminder that regular rapid testing is now also available for parents, their households and support or childcare bubbles. The government is encouraging all families to participate in twice weekly testing to help stop the spread.
Parents and other adults in the household can access tests by:
• Ordering tests online www.gov.uk/order-school-household-tests;
• Getting an assisted test at work, if it is available;
• Attending a test site to get tested (where you will be able to see how to take the test) or pick up tests to do at home.
To find out more on school household testing visit Households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools and colleges: get rapid lateral flow tests – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Thank you again for your continued support. A reminder that we will continue to do everything we possibly can to help anyone in our school community. If you have any questions, concerns or ideas please do contact us. If we can help, we will.
Mr C Jupp