I hope that the return to school has gone well for you and your children.
Pupils have settled quickly back into school routines and the majority have returned fully equipped and ready to learn. It is important that, in line with current government guidance, pupils continue to wear facemasks throughout the school day, unless exempt for medical reasons. Your support with this is appreciated.
I would like to thank all the pupils and parents who have provided consent for lateral-flow Coronavirus testing. This initiative has been very well supported across all year groups, and contributes to keeping the whole school community safe. We are in the process of offering a second test this week and, for a final time, next week. The pupils who have attended tests in school will be given test kits for future use at home. Please note that a set of instruction leaflets are provided with these test kits. The pupils should be sufficiently familiar with the swabbing procedure, following their tests within school, to enable them to complete them at home, support may be needed with the processing of the test. After the swab has been taken, you would need to process the test and then log the test result with the national testing database. Full instructions of how to perform these two tasks are included in the leaflets. If the lateral flow test is positive, please inform school immediately via firstname.lastname@example.org to enable us to identify any close contacts in school. Then you should book a confirmatory PCR test and your son or daughter should self-isolate whilst you await the PCR test result.
If the PCR test is negative then the pupil may return to school. If the PCR test is positive then the pupil and household will need to self-isolate as per the current government guidance and you should let the school know so that we can contact trace. We will, of course, provide remote learning support for all pupils who are away from school for Coronavirus-related reasons, and not ill, from the day after we are notified of this. If this national testing initiative continues in April and May, we will supply the pupils with further test kits at the start of next term.
The home test kits supplied by school are for the pupils’ use only. Other household members can access test kits in the following ways:
- through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
- by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests
- by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most
If you have any queries about the tests, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.
Thank you once again for your support with this national public health initiative.