Does my child have to be tested to return to school?
No. Testing is entirely optional. However, we strongly encourage all students to undergo testing, to help to keep our school community and their families as safe as possible. Students that will not be tested will return to school on Monday 15th March.
I don’t want my child to be tested, can they return to school on Monday 8th?
Students that will not be tested will return to school on Monday 15th March. All students should continue to attend online lessons until then.
Does my child need to attend online lessons on the day they return to school?
All students have been given a test date and time to return to school – where this time is later in the day, students will be expected to attend online lessons until the time they need to leave home to arrive to school on time for their test appointment. Students will then remain at school for lessons, except where their tests are in the afternoon and will start school at their normal time on the next day.
Does my child need to wear school uniform if their test is in the afternoon?
All students returning to school must be in full school uniform, even if they are attending school only for a test on the first day.
My child had a positive PCR test within the last 90 days, are they still required to get a test?
Students that have had a positive PCR within the last 90 days will not be tested. Parents are asked to provide the Office with proof of their positive PCR test, and they will return to school on Thursday 11th March.
My child has been vaccinated, are they still required to get a test?
Yes. The government has advised that individuals who have been vaccinated should still be tested as it is not yet clear whether vaccinated individuals can still transmit the virus. The vaccine does not interfere with the tests.
How long will testing last?
Students will be offered 3 tests at school, undertaken 3-5 days apart. Once they have undertaken 3 tests in school, they will move to twice weekly testing at home.
How will I get the tests?
Students will be given the tests to take home after they have completed 3 tests in school.
Do I need to let the school know the results of the home testing?
Yes. Parents are asked to fill in this form every week to inform the school of the results of testing, to help with contact tracing. Students that receive a positive test result should not attend school, but will need to self-isolate in line with the government’s guidance and also arrange for a PCR test to confirm the result.
What happens if my child gets a positive result?
If a student gets a positive test as part of the on-site testing, then the student and all members of their household are required to self-isolate. No confirmatory PCR tests are required, and even if undertaken the current guidance is that if it is negative following a positive LFD test at school, the self-isolation policy still stands.
If a student receives a positive test from tests undertaken at home, then this must be followed by a confirmatory PCR test. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the student and their household must self-isolate. If the PCR test is negative, it will override the home LFD test and the student should return to school. If positive, the student and all members of the household should self-isolate in line with the current government guidance.
All at home tests should be notified to the school each week using this form, confirming the results whether negative, positive or void.
Can my child be tested at school if they are showing symptoms?
No. No student should attend school if they are displaying any symptoms. Parents should arrange for a PCR test, and should self-isolate.
Can I have tests for other members of our household?
From 1st March households with primary, secondary and college aged children, including childcare and support bubbles, can be tested but this will not be provided by the school. The test kits can be accessed:
- via employers if they offer testing to employees
- at a local test site (you may need to book an appointment) Find your nearest rapid lateral flow test site
- by collecting a home test kit from a test site – anyone 18 or over can collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point with each pack containing 7 tests. Most collection points are open from 1.30pm to 7pm and you can check online if the location is open or busy before you go. You do not need to make an appointment. Find your nearest home test kit collection point.
- by ordering a home test kit online – only order online if you are unable to obtain using the methods above. Order rapid lateral flow home test kits