Covid Testing in School
School asymptomatic testing programme for Covid-19
We have almost come to the end of our school-based Covid testing programme. This has been a major logistical challenge for the school, with over 2,600 tests being conducted on site since all pupils returned to school in mid-March.
Testing at home
We now move to a home-based testing programme and, as pupils complete their third and final test in school, they will receive their first test kits to take home, with further supplies following next week. They should now be confident in how to conduct swabbing, but please do refer carefully to the blue ‘Step-by-Step Guide’ (version 1.3.2) for full instructions on how to process the tests and interpret the results. (This is the most up-to-date guide: please ignore any guidance contained within the test kit packaging, as this has been replaced by the blue guide we have given to pupils.)
When to test
From Sunday 21st March, pupils are expected to test at home twice per week, including over the Easter holidays. We would recommend that pupils should test on Sundays and Wednesdays. The one exception will be at the end of the Easter holidays, due to the training day taking place on Monday 12th April, when pupils will remain at home. On this occasion, pupils should test on the Monday, rather than the previous day. This will give the most accurate results to ensure that anyone who may have picked up the virus over the holidays does not return to school with it.
Please remember that it is a requirement of the testing programme that all tests are registered and all results recorded with NHS Test and Trace: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result
In the event of a positive result, you must also notify the school as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org This will allow us to assist with contact tracing and to reduce any further risk of transmission within school.
The home testing programme is strictly for asymptomatic pupils only. Anyone displaying any of the symptoms of Covid (high temperature; a new, continuous cough; a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) must self-isolate and follow government guidance. Further information can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/
Is it still possible for my child to start taking part in the testing programme?
Yes! If your child has not yet taken part in the Covid testing programme, but you would like him/her to do so, please email email@example.com for more information.
Thank you for all that you are doing as a family to support our school and the wider community in these difficult times.