18 March 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Testing at Home for Students
From week beginning 22 March 2021, students will be moving to twice weekly rapid COVID-19 testing at home.
Up to 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading it without knowing. Getting into a regular habit of testing twice a week will help stop the virus spreading, keeping your family and friends safe.
Your child will come home on Friday 19 March 2021 with their first COVID-19 testing kit. Please use the instructions provided in the envelope and keep these in a safe place as these will be the only instructions you will receive. Do not use the instructions inside the box. There is also a useful video to show you how to take the test here. Please make sure your child tests themselves twice a week 3-5 days apart, in the evening before school. Sunday and Wednesday evenings are recommended.
Your child should also continue testing twice a week, at home, throughout the Easter school holidays. We will be sending home extra kits for Easter holiday before term ends. This does not replace testing for those with symptoms. If you have symptoms you must self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.
If you are having difficulty administering the Covid-19 test at home, please contact the school for support and we will make an appointment for you to come into school, to receive a demonstration on how to carry out the test.
It is really important that results of tests are reported online straight away, even if your child’s result is negative or void. It’s easy to do at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.
Results can also be reported via telephone by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm.
It is important to keep a note of your child’s results and share them with school. A link will be sent separately for you to do this.
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)
We firmly believe that regular testing helps to keep all of our community safe and we strongly advise that you conduct the tests in the time frame outlined above.
Mr R Atkinson