NHS Test and Trace: COVID-19 testing for students
We are working to keep our college as safe as possible. You may have heard that testing for those without coronavirus symptoms is beginning across the country using new, quicker COVID-19 tests known as ‘lateral flow tests’.
Along with the other protective measures we are taking, these tests will help staff and students to safely remain in college safely. Up to one third of people who have coronavirus experience no symptoms. By testing we will help to stop the virus spread and help to keep our college open as safely as possible. The test is voluntary, but I would encourage everyone to take it.
We will be testing all staff and students who want to participate before they return to college. If you are happy for your child to be tested, please complete the following forms:
- registration form https://forms.gle/qmqayGgVtyEwRVsD9 and
- consent form https://forms.gle/GbUxWkge2XnatvP97 (one per student)
The privacy notice can be viewed on our policies page.
STUDENTS ATTENDING COLLEGE
You must not send your child to college if they or anyone in their household has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms; or has tested positive in the last 10 days; or if a member of the household has coronavirus symptoms and has yet to receive a negative (clear) test result. If your child becomes unwell with a new continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), you will be contacted to collect them and advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’. You will also be advised to access a coronavirus test.
It is imperative that you inform us immediately of the results of a Covid-19 test. For all negative results this can be done by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the absence line on 01329 843127 (option 1). If you receive a positive test during the working week please use the contact details above and complete the COVID Track and Trace Form.
If you or your child receives a positive test result after college hours or over the weekend, please text 07922 532833 to inform us, and complete the COVID Track and Trace Form in order to help us track and trace students and staff who may have been in contact.
Visitors to site
To reduce direct transmission of the virus through unnecessary contact with external visitors, please be informed that we are no longer allowing access to Reception without an appointment. Parents/carers are, therefore, being requested to remind their children to check their bags before leaving for college to ensure they have everything they need for the day. In an emergency, items can be placed in the crate between the Reception double doors. However, please note these will be collected and delivered to students once a day, before break. If you have an appointment, please ensure you wear a face mask when entering reception, wash your hands and use the hand gel on arrival before signing in. These measures are being put in place to protect both staff and students.
Masks and lanyards
To assist with social distancing and ensure students are kept to their bubbles as they move around college, we have provided students with lanyards to enable others to easily identify the different bubbles. For everyone’s safety, we have also provided all students with a washable mask.
Essentially these now form part of students’ equipment, and the expectation is that all students arrive to college with both a reusable mask and lanyard. If your child travels to college by bus, please remind them that masks must be worn for the duration of the journey. Replacement masks and lanyards can be ordered via Scopay for £1.00 each.
Thank you for your continued support.