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Important Notices

Parent Briefing – 22 March 2021

Dear parents and carers

Lateral flow testing, along with the other protective measures we are all taking, contributes enormously towards keeping us all safe at College and at home. Lateral flow testing in College provides students with the opportunity to carry out the tests under the supervision of a trained member of staff in the College test centre. Following the final week of testing in College, Monday 22 – Friday 26 March, students will move to home testing and reporting, which will continue until further notice. It is important to remember to report your child’s at home test results to the College and the NHS by visiting both,

https://forms.gle/BaFE5Nhsk3pfsevL9

www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

The following FAQ’s are designed to support families as we move to at home testing.

What is home lateral flow testing?
Lateral flow testing is a fast and straightforward way for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus, to test at home. The tests are easy to use at home and give results in 30 minutes.

Is home testing compulsory?
Home testing is not compulsory but we would strongly encourage as many students as possible to test at home to help prevent any asymptomatic spread of the virus.

How will home test kits be distributed?
Test kits will be handed out to students following their final lateral flow test in College. This will start from Monday 22 March so please look out for the test kits coming home with your child.

Who should carry out the at home test?
Students aged 11 should have the test carried out by a parent/carer. Students aged 12-17 can carry out the test themselves supervised by a parent/carer.

How do I carry out the at home test?
We would like parents to carry out the home test on a Sunday and Wednesday evening with their child. The YouTube link below provides “how to” videos on lateral flow testing produced by NHS Test and Trace. Parents will also receive a step-by-step guide with the test kit. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvaBZskxS7tzQYlVg7lwH5uxAD9UrSzGJ

How do I report the home test result?

Once you have carried out the lateral flow test you will need to report the result to NHS Test and Trace by visiting www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result  You will also need to report the result to the College by visiting https://forms.gle/BaFE5Nhsk3pfsevL9 This link can also be found in the COVID section of the College website.

What if my child tests positive?
Students who test positive from a home lateral flow test will need to take a further ‘PCR test’ on the same day (or as soon as possible) to confirm the positive result. Parents can book a PCR test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.  You can also visit one of the drive-through test sites as it is faster than requesting a home PCR test.  Students will need to self-isolate while they are waiting for the confirmatory PCR result. If the PCR test returns a positive result the student will need to self-isolate for 10 days from the positive test date and follow the guidance from NHS Test and Trace.

What happens if the test is negative?
Following a negative lateral flow test or a negative PCR test, students should attend College as normal.

If my child has previously had Covid-19 do they still do the home tests?
If your child has had a confirmed positive case of Covid-19 they should not have a lateral flow test for 90 days following the positive result.  However, if your child develops symptoms or is identified as a close contact, they should self-isolate and follow the guidance from NHS Test and Trace.

If my child has had a Covid-19 vaccination do they still do the home tests?
Students who have received the vaccination should continue to be tested.

What if my child develops Covid-19 symptoms?
The Lateral Flow testing programme is for students with no Covid-19 symptoms. If your child develops any symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate, and book a PCR test by calling 119, visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or visiting a drive-through test centre. Even if your child is not taking part in home testing they should self-isolate and arrange to take a PCR test if they develop Covid-19 symptoms.

What if a close contact tests positive?
If you or your child have been identified as a close contact of someone outside of College who has tested positive, you must continue to follow the national self-isolation and testing rules. If there is a positive case of Covid-19 identified within the College community following an at home test, anyone that has had close contact with the positive case will be identified, parents will be informed and asked to collect their child from College.  Close contacts will need to self-isolate as per the national guidelines. Should a positive at home test case be found to be negative after the confirmatory PCR test, then the individual and any close contacts can return to College.  If the PCR confirms a positive test result, the individual and close contacts should continue to self-isolate for 10 days.

Can home test kits supplied by the College be used for other members of the household?
The College have only been provided with enough home test kits for staff and students. If any other members of the students’ household require a Lateral Flow Testing Kit then they should call 119, attend a Lateral Flow Testing site (the nearest one can be found online) or visit https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests to order tests for home delivery.

Hopefully this information will answer most of your questions about home testing. Please contact your child’s Head of House in the first instance if you require any further support with home testing or have any additional questions.

Thank you, on behalf of all of our staff students and families, for your support with home testing to help ensure we keep our College as safe as possible.

Yours sincerely
Jenn Burn
Principal