Thank you for your support in setting up our in-school testing. The students have been extremely mature in their approach to keeping themselves and others safe at this time. At the time of writing this, we have completed a phenomenal 1000 tests and encouragingly had no positive cases to date.
It’s been wonderful to see all the students back in school. We all know that the best place for students to learn is in school and it is important to us that we keep the UTC open to all students indefinitely. This will only happen if families continue the great work that we’ve started with regular testing. Where permissions have been completed, students will be provided with home test kits.
There is a really useful guide as to how to complete these tests effectively here.
Tests should be completed at home every Sunday evening and every Wednesday evening. This will continue throughout the Easter holidays. All results need to be uploaded to the NHS (use the website above for guidance on how to do this).
Any positive results need to be communicated via the link on the website above and to firstname.lastname@example.org. The student and anyone in the household would need to self-isolate. You should seek to arrange a PCR test to confirm the reading of the students home test. Students cannot return to school with a positive test.
Failure to complete regular testing is likely to result in large numbers of students needing to self-isolate because we will not be able to catch the virus quickly enough. Please commit to testing twice each week. Help us keep our community safe and to keep the UTC open to as many students as we can.
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.
Testing your child at home
If you previously gave consent for your child to be tested in school they will be given a home test kit. If you didn’t give consent but would like to have a home test kit please complete the consent form.
You will be given your first Home Test Kit on Monday 22nd March. This contains 10 tests. This will take you to the end of the Easter holidays. Tests should be taken each week on Sunday and Wednesday evenings and this will continue throughout the Easter holidays.
Tests are free of charge. Students will receive 2 packs – one of 3 tests and one of 7 tests in a box with a leaflet on how to take the test and report the results.
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).
This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.
What should you do after the test?
If anyone tests positive your child, your household and any support bubbles you are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days.
You should also order a confirmatory PCR test. Confirmatory PCR tests are not needed if the test was conducted at the Asymptomatic Test Site at School.
If the result of the test is unclear (void) you should do another test.
Negative and void results should be reported to NHS Test & Trace.
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 The Leigh UTC whether they take part in testing or not.
I am strongly encouraging all students to take part. Testing at home will allow you and other students to attend school as safely as possible.
Thank you for your support.