Please read the attached letter from the Principal regarding home testing for COVID.
NHS Test and Trace: Rapid Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for students at home
Up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing. This is because they have no symptoms. To reduce the spread of the virus, we need to identify those individuals. We can do this in college by carrying out tests at home twice every week, 3-4 days apart.
Testing students at home
Students who wish to participate can request test kits from college. Tests are free of charge. Students will receive two packs of 3 tests in a box with a leaflet on how to take the test and report the results to the NHS. You will also need to tell the college the result of each test by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the ID and the result.
Taking the test
Students should take their tests on Sunday evening and Wednesday evening. We will give students a leaflet with instructions on how to do the test with the kit. There is also a useful video to show you how to take the test available on the school website. Help and support is available, including instructions in different languages on how to test and report the results and a video showing you how to take the test. There is no need to keep used test equipment after the test result has been reported. You can put it in your normal bin (household waste). This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you should self- isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.
What should you do after the test?
If anyone tests positive you, your household, any support bubbles you are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days. You need to report your result to both NHS Test and Trace and to college. You should order a confirmatory PCR test if you are testing at home. If the result of the test is unclear (void) you should do another test. Negative and void results should be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and college.
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. If you or anyone in your household gets symptoms of the virus you should follow national guidelines on self-isolation and testing.
You need to report each test result
The result of each test needs to be reported using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result. You will also need to tell the school the result and ID of each test by emailing email@example.com.
Why take part
Taking part in testing is voluntary and all students will be able to attend college whether they take part in testing or not. We are strongly encouraging all students to take part. Testing at home will allow your child and other students to attend college as safely as possible. Please contact Sara Stevenson, our COVID Coordinator, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns about home testing.
Documents for Download
Home testing (includes frequently asked questions) Link
Student Consent Letter Link
Data Protection – COVID Testing FAQ for Parents – Link
LFT – How to do your test – Link
Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Pupils
Guidance published by the government released on 04/11/20 has laid out expectation for pupils who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable attending education. Link
The guidance should be implemented immediately as the restrictions come into place 00:01 05/11/2020.
Most children originally identified as clinically extremely vulnerable no longer need to follow this advice. Speak to your GP or specialist clinician, if you have not already done so, to understand whether your child should still be classed as clinically extremely vulnerable.
Those children whose doctors have confirmed they are still clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to attend school while this advice is in place. Your school will make appropriate arrangements for you to be able to continue your education at home. Children who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, but who are not clinically extremely vulnerable themselves, should still attend school.
College Opening Plan
Please click here to download the full college opening plan for the start of the new academic year.
COVID-19 Related News & Support
Support for Parents
Please download a copy of our guide for parents on supporting your child’s wellbeing during the Covid-19 period. link
Leeds Prevent – Online Safety Advice for Parents (June 2020) link
Services & Agencies (March 2020) link
Latest Safeguarding Advice – Houseparty & Zoom apps Link
Support for the financially vulnerable – link
Support with energy bills – link
Latest Government Advice
Please follow the link to the most recent guidance from the Government, we recommend that you read this link.
Government update on free childcare 17th March 2020 link.
The advice from Public Health England on coronavirus for places of education can be downloaded here link.