Thank you for your support in helping us to ensure a smooth and orderly return to school for all of our students. It has been great to see the pupils back in school, as they have settled quickly and positively in to all aspects of school life.
As you are aware we have offered COVID-19 testing for all the students on their return to school and for those students who have already been attending throughout the lockdown period. After having 3 tests in school, in line with government guidance we will be supplying families with LFD test kits to facilitate students self-testing, twice a week at home. Your child(ren) has now had 3 tests in school and is ready to move to home testing. Today they have received a briefing and demonstration on how to do this and will bring home their test kit.
The full instructions for using the tests and for registering results are included with the test kit. You can access video content and instruction on how to carry out home testing on youtube
Once you have understood the testing process and have read the privacy notice (attached), if you choose to participate you are committing to self-administer the test and report your results via the NHS Test & Trace digital platform and to school, in line with government guidance and to assist with contact tracing. In order for you to report your results to school you will need to complete the form here
A particular detail of the guidance states that ‘…adolescents aged 12 to 17 should self-test and report with adult supervision. The adult may conduct the test if necessary. Children aged 11 attending a secondary school should be tested by an adult’.
Pupils with a negative LFD test result should continue to attend school. However, those with a positive LFD test result will need to self-isolate in line with the stay-at-home guidance. A confirmatory PCR test should then be booked online or by calling 119. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the student and their close contacts should self-isolate. If the PCR test is negative, it overrides the home self-test LFD test and the pupil can then return to school.
Engagement in the home testing programme is not compulsory but is strongly encouraged. The school is grateful to all those families who participate, providing another layer of protection to help us to minimise the risk for our school community. If you have any queries regarding this letter, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
As always thank you for your continued support.
Mr S Carter