Covid-19 On-site Testing for Staff and Students
Advice for Parents
Here is some general advice for parents to follow if they are notified that a student or a member of staff has tested positive for Covid-19.
Testing for those without coronavirus symptoms has been taking place in schools 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 schools:
Our Consent Form can be downloaded here:
Our Privacy Notice can be viewed here:
Frequently Asked Questions:
Here is the Essex County Council approach to Covid 19 testing within Secondary Schools with parents and carers:
The Move to Home Testing for Students
Students will be moving towards home testing before the Easter holidays, following 3 supervised on-site tests. The tests should be taken twice a week 3-5 days apart and our recommendation is that these are taken on Sunday and Wednesday evenings.
Help and support on how to self-test at home can be found here: Covid-19 self-test help
A self-test video can be found here: Self-Test Video
Up to 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading it without knowing. Getting into a regular habit of testing twice a week will help stop the virus spreading, keeping your family and friends safer.
Your child should also continue testing twice a week, at home, throughout the Easter school holidays. We will be sending home enough kits to last throughout the Easter holidays.
This does not replace testing for those with symptoms. If you have symptoms you must self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.
It is really important that results of tests are reported online straight away, even if your child’s result is negative or void. It’s easy to do this at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result or by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm.
It is also important to share your child’s results with us as a school. To manage this process we are using a site called TestRegister.co.uk Reminders will be sent to your email address twice each week and will contain a link which, when clicked, will mean you are automatically logged in and can submit your child’s result – no login details or passwords are required. You can visit https://testregister.co.uk/login at any point, enter your email address and then click on the link in the email that is sent.
If your child receives a positive result using these LFD home-testing kits you should book a confirmatory PCR test, and your household should self-isolate until the result of this is received.
Testing for parents, households and bubbles twice a week
A reminder that regular rapid testing is now also available for parents, their households and support or childcare bubbles. The government is encouraging all families to participate in twice weekly testing to help stop the spread.
Parents and other adults in the household can access tests by:
- Ordering tests online www.gov.uk/order-school-household-tests
- Getting an assisted test at work, if it is available
- Attending a test site to get tested (where you will be able to see how to take the test) or pick up tests to do at home.
To find out more on school household testing visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff
We continue to encourage everyone to take part in regular Covid-19 testing.
Here are the revised arrangements for the start of the Spring term 2021.; These will be updated shortly with the plan for students to return to school from Monday 8th March.
Covid 19 Catch-Up Premium and Curriculum Expectations 2020/21
The DfE has allocated £650 million to be spent on ensuring all pupils have the chance to catch up and supporting schools to enable them to do so. Whilst headteachers will decide how the money is spent, the Education Endowment Foundation has published guidance on effective interventions to support schools. For pupils with complex needs, schools should spend this funding on catch-up support to address their individual needs.
There is also an allocation of £350 million for a National Tutoring Programme, intended to deliver proven and successful tuition to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people.
Further details can be found here: HDHS Covid 19 Catch-Up Premium and Curriculum Expectations 2020_21
You can find safeguarding advice and information here as to how you can keep your child safe during this latest period of partial school closure:
To be read in conjunction with the KCSIE document: KCSIE (2020) – Updated January 2021 (Post EU Exit)
School Covid-19 Procedures
Here are the procedures we follow when notified that a student or a member of staff tests positive for Covid-19.
Covid-19 Risk Assessment
Here is the school’s Covid-19 risk assessment: