Procedures and Advice for in-school COVID-19 Testing
- All secondary schools in England will be provided with access to additional coronavirus testing in January. All students and staff will be offered tests and schools are expected to prepare for this in the week commencing 4th January 2021.
- From Monday 8 March schools are expected to provide testing for all students and staff.
- All students will be offered three Lateral Flow Device (LFD) rapid tests, spaced three to five days apart. LFD test results are available in around 30 minutes.
- Testing is optional and parents/carers/students over 16 years old will need to provide consent for testing to take place. We strongly advise all our school community to take part in this testing programme.
- In validation studies conducted by Oxford University and Public Health England, LFDs were shown to be as accurate in identifying a case as a PCR test (99.68% specificity). The tests have lower sensitivity but they are better at picking up cases when a person has higher viral load, hence the need to test frequently.
- Testing will be offered free of charge.
- Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat.
- Results (which take around half an hour from testing) will be shared directly with staff and students participating. Parents or legal guardians will also be informed.
How to give consent
If you wish to give consent please do so via the Arbor Parent App or completing the Consent Form and emailing it to email@example.com If you are unable to download and print the form you can simply email school to let us know whether you consent or decline to testing (please remember to include your child's full name and tutor group).
If you DO NOT consent for your child to have a test in school, you must tell us this via the App or by returning the Consent Form.
Please give separate consent for each child you have attending Haygrove School.
To register to use the Parent App click here.
What happens if a student or member of staff tests positive?
Anyone with a positive lateral flow text result will need to leave school, take a confirmatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test and follow the self-isolation guidelines (currently 10 days).
Staff or students who are in ‘close contact’ with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 after a PCR test can return to school if they agree to be tested for 7 days following their last contact with a positive case.
If your child, or any other member of the household is showing symptoms you must contact the school and self isolate for 14 days. If your child has a positive test, you must notify the school immediately.
Symptoms include a high temperature, a new continuous cough, and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
If your child is showing symptoms at school, here is what will happen:
- Be sent straight to the Meeting room (located in Reception) unaccompanied. Please do not send to the First Aid room, as other students may be there with general illness.
- The receptionist will then alert the First Aider and SLT
- Once symptoms have been checked by the First Aider, they will then contact home to arrange collection if necessary.
- The windows and the door of the meeting room must be kept open to help ventilation.
- If a student needs to be accompanied by a member of staff while waiting to be collected in the room, then full PPE must be worn if they are unable to keep a 2m distance. This is available at reception.
- If they need to use the toilet while waiting to be collected, they should use the toilet located in Student Services. The site team will be alerted to arrange for the toilet to be cleaned and disinfected.
- Once the student/staff member has left the site, the room needs to be fully cleaned by the cleaning staff.
- Staff at the school have to follow the same procedure if they become symptomatic in school, and they also have to self isolate the same as our students. If you are concerned about how staff are ensuring these rules are followed, don't hesitate to contact the school.
If you are unsure what counts as Covid-19 symptoms, check the NHS website for further advice.
If you are unsure if your family should be self isolating, check the NSH website for further advice.
If you would like to know the advice we are following, check the Government Website.