January Covid Testing

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Dear Parents and Carers

You may be aware that the government are asking all secondary schools to offer all students one lateral flow test on their return to school in January.

To accommodate this, we are having a staggered start to the Spring term:

Monday 3rd January (Bank holiday)

School is closed to all students and staff

Tuesday 4th January

Students in Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 will be offered an appointment to come into school for testing.  Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 will be working at home using the on-line portal.

Wednesday 5th January

Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 will be offered an appointment to come into school for testing.  Students in Yr 10, 11, 12 and 13 will resume their normal timetable.

Thursday 6th January

Full timetable resumes for all students

 

Testing

Testing is not compulsory, and students are not prevented from returning to school if they choose not to consent to testing.

The children will be quite familiar with this process already; however, they will continue to be supervised by trained staff.  Students will swab themselves and with results processed after 15minutes.

Anyone who has tested positive for Covid 90 days prior to the testing date is exempt from LF testing – however if new symptoms appear, they must follow the isolation and PCR testing rules.

Students must come into school 5mins before their allocated time.  They must wear full school uniform and bring a pen.  Staff will be there to greet the children and direct them to registration and testing.  Students will return home immediately after the test has taken place

 

Registration with NHS/HM Government

You will receive a text/email confirmation of the result by registering on the system within 24hrs of the test taking place.  Students will be given a registration card and a barcode at the time of the test to allow you to do this.

 

A positive result

If a child tests positive on the LF device, you will be contacted immediately and receive further advice on next steps.

 

A void result

If a child produces a ‘void’ result they will be recalled on the same day.

 

A negative result

Parents will not be informed of a negative result by the school.  A negative result will be confirmed by registering with the on-line system as described above.

 

Consent

We can only test those students who we have on the Consent Register.  For accuracy, registration must be completed by noon on Tuesday 21st December using this link: https://forms.office.com/r/uPhknB1fn5.  If you choose to consent to the testing, you are required to read the Privacy Notice and complete the on-line Consent form.

Please do not send your child into school for testing without preregistering.

 

Staggered start

To allow for the testing to take place we are having a staggered start to the term.  Please note the dates that are pertinent to your child/children.

Year 7

Year 7 Lateral Flow testing will take place on the morning of the 5th January

Students are invited in at the following times:

9.00am – AIDAN

9.15am – BEDE

9.30am – CUTHBERT

9.45am – HILD

10.00am – OSWALD

Their usual timetable will begin at 8.45 on the Thursday 6th January

 

Year 8

Year 8 Lateral Flow testing will take place on the morning of the 5th January

 Students are invited in at the following times:

10.30am – AIDAN

10.45am – BEDE

11.00am – CUTHBERT

11.15am – HILD

11.30am – OSWALD

Their usual timetable will begin at 8.45 on the Thursday 6th January

 

Year 9

Year 9 Lateral Flow testing will take place on the afternoon of the 5th January

Students are invited in at the following times:

1.00pm – AIDAN

1.15pm – BEDE

1.30pm – CUTHBERT

1.45pm – HILD

2.00pm – OSWALD

Their usual timetable will begin at 8.45 on the Thursday 6th January

 

Year 10

Year 10 Lateral Flow testing will take place on the morning of the 4th January

Students are invited in at the following times:

10.00am – AIDAN

10.15am – BEDE

10.30am – CUTHBERT

10.45am – HILD

11.00 – OSWALD

Their usual timetable will begin at 8.45 on the Wednesday 5th January

 

Year 11

Year 11 Lateral Flow testing will take place on the morning of the 4th January

Students are invited in at the following times:

11.15am – AIDAN

11.45am – BEDE

12.00noon – CUTHBERT

12.15pm – HILD

12.30pm – OSWALD

Their usual timetable will begin at 8.45 on the Wednesday 5th January

Year 12 and 13

Year 12 and 13 Lateral Flow testing will take place on the afternoon of the 4th January

Students are invited in at the following times:

1.45pm MSW, MSE

2.00pm AMN, DGN

2.15pm KGN, NFY, JNN

2.30pm SRL. ANN, DTE

3.00pm PCD CCS

Their usual timetable will begin at 8.45 on the Wednesday 5th January

Wishing you all a happy and peaceful Christmas.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Riley

Deputy Headteacher

 

 

 

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