As you will already be aware, every member of staff in school is now taking a Lateral Flow Test twice a week in their own homes. They test on a Sunday and Wednesday evening. We are also Lateral Flow testing every member of agency staff and every student visitor twice a week prior to them going into any of the classrooms. We have been doing this now for 5 weeks. So far, we have had two positive tests returned and we have taken the appropriate actions as per the Government Guidance.
As of last week, the Government have now introduced further Lateral Flow Testing for anyone who has a child in a primary school setting and for people within that child’s bubble at home. This means that as families you can now Lateral Flow test your household to further protect your family members and the wider members of our school community. Primary aged children should not be tested due to their age.
The following information is taken directly from the Governments information.
The following people in England will have access to regular rapid lateral flow testing made available to them as schools and colleges reopen:
Primary school pupils will not be asked to test at this time.
If you’re a member of a household, childcare bubble of a pupil, student or staff of a school or college, you can get a twice-weekly test:
Take a test at a rapid lateral flow test site
You can take a rapid lateral flow test at a local site. Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator.
You may need to book an appointment.
Collect test kits
You can collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point. Each pack contains 7 tests.
Anyone 18 or over can collect.
Most collection points are open from 1.30pm to 7pm. You can check online if the location is open or busy before you go. You do not need to make an appointment.
Do not visit a collection point outside opening hours, as it may be used to test people with coronavirus symptoms outside these times.
Order home test kits online
If you cannot get tested at your workplace, or are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a home test kit online.
Do not order online if you can get a test through other methods. This frees up home delivery for those who need it most.
You will be asked to:
If anyone tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, they should:
Pupils, students and staff should also tell their school or college if they test positive.
The responsibility for this testing lies with the families but if you would like to ask us any questions regarding the guidance then call school and we will be happy to try to help you.
Thank you for your continued support.