From the beginning of January Secondary Schools have been asked to offer COVID-19 tests known as ‘lateral flow devices’ to all staff and students who do not have symptoms of the virus. Participation in the mass testing programme is entirely voluntary and we will only be testing those students whose parents/carers complete and return a formal consent form.
Up to one third of people who have coronavirus are asymptomatic. By testing we will help to reduce the spread in school and college settings through asymptomatic transmission. We are therefore strongly encouraging those returning to school to be tested.
Plan for Testing
We aim to test every student on their return to school. We are aiming to do this twice, once as they return and once again 3-5 days later. During the current school closure period, we are offering testing to all staff and key worker/vulnerable students that are in school every 3-5 days.
How the tests work?
Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff and volunteers. The lateral flow tests are quick and easy to undertake, using a swab of the nose and throat. Results (which take around half an hour from testing) will be shared directly with the individual participant. The school will inform the student of a positive test result. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed. The student will also receive a [text/email] notification of a positive or negative result from the online NHS system. Tests are free of charge.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if my child tests positive?
If a student tests positive on a lateral flow device, they will need to self-isolate for 10 days and follow the guidance from NHS Test and Trace.
What happens if the test is negative?
While a small number of pupils may need to repeat the test if the first test was invalid or void for some reason, pupils who test negative will be able to stay in school and resume their activities as normal. Pupils will be informed of negative test results via text/email. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed.
What if staff or students have been in close contact with someone in school who tests positive?
The staff member or student will be notified that they are a close contact by the school and will need to self-isolate for 10 days in line with Government guidance.
What if my child develops symptoms?
This testing programme at school is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (including 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.
We will support our staff and students throughout this process, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.
The mass testing will pose significant staffing demands. Should you be willing to assist with the mass testing, please contact Caroline Winter (Mass Testing QA Lead) via email – firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate any offers of help from our community. Thank you to those of you who are already involved.
In order for students to access the test, parents/carers are asked to complete the electronic consent below.
Please click here to access the electronic consent form for COVID-19 Testing at Rednock School.
Please click here to download a printable copy of the consent form for COVID-19 Testing at Rednock School.
Please click here to view the COVID-19 Privacy Notice.