Home Testing (Rapid Lateral Flows)

We advise all students and staff to test for COVID-19 twice a week using the Home Testing Kits (Rapid Lateral Flows) provided by the school. If you require more testing kits, please ask your child to speak to their tutor or order them for free from this website: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

Your results (positive or negative) should always be reported to the government here: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result and to the school here: https://tinyurl.com/THSHomeTestingResults

If your child tests positive on a Rapid Lateral Flow, you must them follow the guidance below on reporting a COVID related absence.

Attendance

Reporting a COVID related absence:

If you are reporting a COVID related absence, please ensure that you complete the online form found here: https://tinyurl.com/THSCovidAbsence

It is important that you keep us up-to-date and resubmit this form every time your child’s situation changes throughout their self-isolation period. We would ask that you do not report a COVID related absence using email or the Class Charts App.

Please note that if you do not report an absence by 08:30am you may be contacted via text message or email through our truancy system.

Covid Related Pupil Absences – Guide for Parents/Carers

This guidance has been produced to alleviate the confusion around when to self-isolate and what to do following the Government changes on 16 August 2021.

Children under the age of 18 years and 6 months old are no longer required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. However even those who are exempt from self-isolation are advised to get a PCR Test (if aged 5 and over) and to undertake other measures outlined in the guidance such as limiting contact with anyone who is extremely clinically vulnerable and (for those over 11), wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces while the person in the household is self-isolating.

Please be aware that the school is no longer responsible for identifying and informing close contacts and will only be involved in identification of close contacts if contacted directly by NHS Test and Trace.

You can view the full guidance on when to self-isolate and what to do here

Please see the table below for specific guidelines related to school

What to do if… Action needed… When to return to school…
What to do if your child has one or more symptoms of coronavirus

  • High temperature
  • New continuous cough
  • A loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell.
  • Do not send your child to school
  • Contact school to inform us
  • Book a PCR test
  • Self-isolate any members of the household who are not fully vaccinated and are over the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • Any other children and fully vaccinated adults do not need to self-isolate
  • Inform the school of the results.
  • PCR test comes back negative: return to school if your child feels well enough
  • PCR test comes back positive: return to school on the date advised by the NHS if your child feels well enough.
My child has tested positive for Covid-19 on a Lateral Flow Device
  • Do not send your child to school
  • Contact school to inform us
  • Book a PCR test
  • Self-isolate any members of the household who are not fully vaccinated and are over the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • Any other children and fully vaccinated adults do not need to self-isolate
  • Inform the school of the results.
  • PCR test comes back negative: return to school if your child feels well enough
  • PCR test comes back positive: return to school on the date advised by the NHS if your child feels well enough
My child tests positive for Covid-19 on a PCR
  • Do not send your child to school
  • Contact school to inform us of the date of return advised by the NHS
  • Self-isolate any members of the household who are not fully vaccinated and are over the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • Any other children and fully vaccinated adults do not need to self-isolate.
  • Return to school on the date advised by the NHS if your child feels well enough.
Someone in my household has Covid-19 symptoms or tests positive for Covid-19 on a Lateral Flow Device
  • Household member with positive result to self-isolate and book a PCR test
  • Self-isolate any members of the household who are not fully vaccinated and are over the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • Any other children and fully vaccinated adults do not need to self-isolate.
  • Your child should continue to attend school providing they have no symptoms themselves
  • Please monitor them for any symptoms – note that children with Covid-19 may display mild symptoms such as headache/cold like symptoms.
Someone in my household has Covid-19 symptoms or tests positive for Covid-19 on a PCR
  • Household member with positive result to self-isolate until date advised by the NHS
  • Other members of the household should book a PCR test
  • Self-isolate any members of the household who are not fully vaccinated and are over the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • Any other children and fully vaccinated adults do not need to self-isolate.
  • Your child should continue to attend school providing they have no symptoms themselves
  • Please monitor them for any symptoms – note that children with Covid-19 may display mild symptoms such as headache/cold like symptoms.
NHS Test and trace has identified my child as a close contact of a confirmed case of Covid-19
  • Child should continue to attend school
  • NHS Test and Trace will give instructions on whether a PCR test is required and what other measures should be taken to minimise risks.
  • Your child should continue to attend school providing they have no symptoms themselves
  • Please monitor them for any symptoms – note that children with Covid-19 may display mild symptoms such as headache/cold like symptoms.
NHS Test and trace has identified a member of my household member as a close contact of a confirmed case of Covid-19
  • Your child should continue to attend school
  • The household member/s must self- isolate if instructed by NHS Test and Trace.
  • Your child should continue to attend school providing they have no symptoms themselves
  • Please monitor them for any symptoms – note that children with Covid-19 may display mild symptoms such as headache/cold like symptoms.
My child is ill with symptoms not linked to Covid-19 but could be contagious i.e. sickness or is too ill to come to school
  • Your child should not attend school
  • Contact school to inform us on the first day by phone or email
  • Please keep us updated regarding the absence.

Please keep the school updated throughout the process so that we have an accurate record of your child’s situation.

Covid Related Pupil Absences – Guide for Parents/Carers – Download (PDF)

Additional information

Is your child too poorly for school? New advice will help you decide

It is always a worry when a child becomes unwell, but it is not always obvious how to care for them and whether you should keep them at home. You can now find handy NHS guidance in one place online that will help you identify a possible condition, so you can decide whether to send your child to school.

On the website is a list of common childhood illnesses and conditions from conjunctivitis to head lice, as well as symptoms such as a high temperature and a sore throat and what these might mean. There is advice about what to do and when a child should return to education after being treated.

Visit the Should your child go to school/nursery today? website at https://what0-18.nhs.uk/parentscarers/child-unwell-ok-go-nurseryschool-1 or go online and search for ‘0-18 should child go to school’. Please bookmark this website so it is easy to find if ever your child becomes unwell.

If you are unsure about a child’s wellbeing, please talk to your local pharmacist, call the NHS helpline on 111, or contact your GP.

Vaccinations

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Covid Immunisation161.6 KBDownload
COVID-19 Letter - September 2021231.5 KBDownload
COVID-19 vaccination: A guide for children and young people814.0 KBDownload
COVID-19 Vaccination consent form for children and young people176.2 KBDownload
Useful Links

Education Secretary and Health Secretary write to parents about the COVID vaccination and testing – here

Remote Education

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