Dear Parent/ Carer
We are coming towards the end of the Return to School Onsite Lateral Flow COVID-19 testing. By the end of this programme, we will have conducted over 2,200 tests on students at Trinity School. All students who have taken part in this phase of testing have been a credit to the school.
We are now moving on to the second phase of testing that involves students undertaking twice weekly tests at home. Testing kits will be handed out to students over the next few days.
If you have previously consented for your child to be tested in school, they will be given home test kits as part of this second phase.
If you have not previously consented for testing in school, but would like your child to take part in this second phase, please discuss this with your child to decide whether they want to take part. Students will be given the opportunity to collect test kits in school over the coming week.
Testing is entirely voluntary and I understand if you do not want your child to be tested. If this is the case, no action is necessary.
Written consent is not required. By taking a test home, they are consenting. Initially, students will receive tests to cover the 3-week period up to the Easter Holidays.
Along with two test kits, students will also be given an instruction guide. Please ensure that students use this leaflet and not the instructions already in the boxes.
Testing students at home
We would like students to take their tests before coming into school on Mondays and Thursdays – tests may be undertaken the evening before, if it is not possible in the morning.
Overall, you will need around 45 minutes to take the test, await results and log the results on the NHS Test and Trace website.
Taking the test
Students should take the test before coming into school, twice a week. Please follow the instruction booklet provided, not the instructions in the boxes. 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).
What should you do after the test?
If anyone tests positive you, 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. Please call the school office on 0115 9296251 to report this immediately.
You will also need to report your result to NHS Test and Trace.
You should also book a PCR test if you are testing at home to confirm your result. This can be booked via www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
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 and Trace and the school by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state your child’s name, tutor group, the date the test was taken and the result.
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.
You need to report each test result
Why take part?
I hope that as many students as possible take part in this second phase of testing, however, this is voluntary and all students will be still able to attend school whether they take part in testing or not.
Testing at home will allow your child and other students to attend school as safely as possible.
Please contact the school office if you have any questions or concerns about home testing.
Thank you for your support.