Home Testing Kits
We have now completed the first three waves of COVID-19 testing for children whose parents had given permission for them to be tested in school. We have now had delivery of the home test kits and will be sending these home with children this week.
Please can you encourage your child to test themselves twice a week at home and report results to NHS Test and Trace. If the result is positive, please also report it to school by emailing: email@example.com
The home kits include instructions for testing and reporting results. We will retain a small testing site in school so that students who are unable to test themselves at home can still participate.
You may find the following video useful as a guide:
If you have any difficulty or are unsure when reading the results of the completed test please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you.
As your child is under the age of 18 they will need adult supervision to self-test and report. You or another adult should supervise the test process with your child.
If your child tests positive, they will need to:
- self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance (if they test positive at school, you should arrange for them to be collected)
- book a further test (a lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test) to confirm the result, if the test was done at home
Testing is voluntary and your child will not be tested in school unless appropriate consent is in place. We strongly encourage you and your child to take part to help us break chains of transmission and manage the virus. Your child will not be stopped from returning to school or college if you or they choose not to take part in testing. They will be able to access face-to-face education in line with our school arrangements.
Anyone with symptoms, whether they are involved in this programme or not, should book a free NHS test and follow government self-isolation guidance until the results of their test are known.
If you have any questions about the asymptomatic testing programme, please speak to us and we will do our best to advise you on next steps.
Mark Harrison, Headteacher