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COVID testing & January return to school arrangements

Dear parent/carer

Return to school arrangements and COVID-19 testing – January 2022

We have been asked by the Department for Education (DfE) to carry out on-site COVID-19 testing for students at the start of Term 3, in January. This will help to minimise the risk of infection once students start to mix in the wider school population after the Christmas holidays.

It is important to us that we carry out these tests as efficiently as possible, to minimise disruption to students’ learning. So that the start of term is not delayed any longer than is necessary we have developed a tight schedule of tests, which includes testing Years 12 and 13 on INSET day. The table below provides details of when your child should return to school for testing, and lessons; students in Years 11-13 resume lessons on Wednesday 5 January, with students in Years 7-10 resuming their lessons on Thursday, 6 January:

Year 13: Tuesday, 4 January: Go directly to the Sports Hall at 10.00am, for testing and then return home. Term begins 8.45am, Wednesday, 5 January. It will be Week 1 of the timetable.

Year 12: Tuesday, 4 January: Go directly to the Sports Hall at 10.30am, for testing and then return home. Term begins 8.45am, Wednesday, 5 January. It will be Week 1 of the timetable.

Year 11: Wednesday, 5 January: Go directly to the Sports Hall at 8.30am, for testing and then remain in school for normal timetabled lessons. It will be Week 1 of the timetable.

Year 10: Wednesday, 5 January: Go directly to the Sports Hall at 10.00am, for testing and then return home. Term begins 8.45am, Thursday, 6 January. It will be Week 1 of the timetable.

Year 9: Wednesday, 5 January: Go directly to the Sports Hall at 12.00pm, for testing and then return home. Term begins 8.45am, Thursday, 6 January. It will be Week 1 of the timetable.

Year 8: Wednesday, 5 January: Go directly to the Sports Hall at 1.30pm, for testing and then return home. Term begins 8.45am, Thursday, 6 January. It will be Week 1 of the timetable.

Year 7: Thursday, 6 January: Go directly to the Sports Hall at 8.45am, for testing and then remain in school for normal timetabled lessons. It will be Week 1 of the timetable.

As you know, we are unable to test any student without having received consent. To enable us to carry out the tests in January we will carry across the consent already received for the September on-site tests. If you wish to withdraw consent previously given please email admin@brimsham.com with your written instructions by Friday 17th December. If you have not previously given your consent for on-site testing please complete and return the attached Consent Form to us by Friday 17th December.

Below we’ve included some frequently asked questions relating to the on-site testing:

Who carries out the Lateral Flow Device Test?

Trained staff will supervise students taking their Lateral Flow Device tests. They are quick and easy, and involve swabbing the nose.

What if a student tests positive?

Students who test positive will be informed about their results individually, and parents or legal guardians will also be notified by telephone immediately. Students who test positive will need to return home as a matter of priority and arrange for a ‘PCR’ test to be taken. During the time while you are waiting for the PCR result, students need to self-isolate. If the PCR test returns a positive result the student will have to self-isolate and follow the guidance from NHS Test and Trace. If the PCR test is negative, and the student is well, they should remain in school/return to school as per their individual year group arrangements. 

What happens if the Lateral Flow Device test in school is negative?

This is what most students will experience! Students will only be told if they test positive on a ‘lateral flow’ test, so if they do not hear anything they should assume it was negative. A small number of students may need to repeat the test if the first test was invalid or void for some reason. As a parent, you will receive notification (via email or text message) that your child’s test result was negative. It can take up to 24 hours for all of the negative test results to be sent out via email/text.

What if a close contact at school tests positive?

Step 4 of the Government’s roadmap, introduced in the summer, states that children under the age of 18 years old are not required to self-isolate where they are deemed to be a close contact, unless they are instructed otherwise by NHS Test and Trace. Close contacts are encouraged to take a PCR test.

What if my child develops symptoms?

The Lateral Flow testing programme at school and at home is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (such as a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate, and book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

Please contact us if you have any questions in regard to this letter. You can call the school on 01454 868888 or email admin@brimsham.com    

Kind regards

K Garland, Headteacher

Click here for information regarding the consent for COVID-19 testing and a Consent Form.

 

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