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NHS Test and Trace: COVID-19 testing for Students
Dear Parent or Guardian,
You will be aware that testing for those without coronavirus symptoms has been taking place across the country using new, quicker COVID‑19 tests known as ‘lateral flow devices’. This letter is to help give you more information about the testing programme in our school.
Up to one third of people who have coronavirus are asymptomatic. By testing we will help to reduce the spread in school and college settings through asymptomatic transmission. I am therefore strongly encouraging all students to be tested.
Plan for testing
Following the Prime Ministers announcement on 22 February school's will reopen from the 8 March, as part of this reopening there will be mass Covid testing for students. This will involve three tests in school, students will then be provided with two rapid tests to use each week at home.
How the tests work
Those taking the test in school will be supervised by trained staff. The lateral flow tests are quick and easy to undertake, using a swab of the nose and throat. Results (which take around half an hour from testing) will be shared directly with the individual participant. The school will inform the student of a positive test result. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed. You will also receive a (text/email) notification of a positive or negative result from the online NHS system. Tests are free of charge and I enclose a leaflet with further information.
What if my child tests positive?
If a student tests positive on a lateral flow device you will be informed by school, you may also recieve notifcation for NHS Test and Trace. Your family will have to to self-isolate and follow the guidance from NHS Test and Trace.
What happens if the test is negative?
While a small number of students may need to repeat the test if the first test was invalid or void for some reason, students who test negative will be able to stay in school and resume their activities as normal. Students will be informed of negative test results via text/email. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed.
What if staff or students have been in close contact with someone in school who tests positive?
The staff member or student will be notified that they are a close contact by the school and advised to self isolate.
What if my child develops symptoms?
This testing programme at school is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (including a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate, and book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
Please find below a consent form you need to complete and return before testing can begin - please email the completed consent form to email@example.com
If you have already completed and returned a consent form you do not need to do this again.
You will also find below a number of other documents for your information.
We will support our staff and pupils throughout, but please contact us if you have any questions. You can contact the school at firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of School