10 March 2021
Up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing. This is because they have no symptoms. To reduce the spread of the virus, we need to identify those individuals. We have successfully tested approximately 800 students over the last few days thank you for your support with this. We now move to testing at home and you can support with this by carrying out tests at home twice every week, 3-5 days apart.
Students will be able to collect home test kits tomorrow and Friday of this week if they have previously been tested in school.
We would like them to take their tests before school on Monday and Thursday (this can be done the night before).
You will also need to tell the school the result of each test by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tests are free of charge. Students will receive a pack of 7 tests in a box with a leaflet on how to take the test and report the results.
Students should take the test, before coming into school twice a week. We will give students a leaflet with instructions on how to do the test with the kit. There is also a useful video to show you how to take the test here.
Help and support is available, including instructions in different languages on how to test and report the results and a video showing you how to take the test.
There is no need to keep used test equipment after the test result has been reported. You can put it in your normal bin (household waste).
If anyone tests positive you, your household, any support bubbles you are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days.
You need to report your result to both NHS Test and Trace via their website: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result and school via the email address given above. If it is positive please telephone the school as soon as possible.
You should order a confirmatory PCR test if you are testing at home (confirmatory PCR tests are not needed if the test was conducted at the Asymptomatic Test Site at School/college).
If the result of the test is unclear (void) you should do another test.
Negative and void results should be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and school.
A negative result does not guarantee that you are not carrying the virus. So, you should continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands and observing social distancing.
If you or anyone in your household gets symptoms of the virus you should follow national guidelines on self-isolation and testing.
Taking part in testing is voluntary and all students will be able to attend Kingsway Park High School whether they take part in testing or not.
I am strongly encouraging all students to take part. Testing at home will allow your child and other students to attend school as safely as possible.
Please contact Mrs M Dooley or Mrs N Kennerley, our COVID Coordinators, if you have any questions or concerns about home testing.
Thank you for your support.
Mrs J Langley