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You must not send your child to college if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or if they have tested positive in the last 10 days.

If your child is unwell with a new continuous cough, has a high temperature (37.8 or higher), or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell, you must keep your child at home and book a PCR test. If your child develops these symptoms at school, you will be contacted to collect them and advised to follow the government guidance, which may include them isolating and booking a PCR coronavirus test.  

Students participating in COVID-19 testing are to arrive at college on a Monday and Thursday having either:

  • logged a negative lateral flow test (LFT) result on the test register website, or
  • brought in their saliva sample to hand to their tutor

Many students are doing both LFT and saliva tests twice weekly, which is optional but encouraged to help keep our community as safe as possible. 

Twice Weekly Testing - We are working hard to keep our college as safe as possible and twice weekly testing is currently in place for students and staff.  Along with the other protective measures, regular testing will help to keep staff and students safe in college. Did you know that up to one third of people who have coronavirus experience no symptoms? Therefore, by testing in this way, we will help stop the virus from spreading and contribute to keeping our college open as safely as possible. The test is voluntary, but we encourage everyone to participate.

We are taking part in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight COVID-19 Saliva Testing Programme.  This test is very simple and involves collecting a sample of saliva in a plastic pot.  Students will be expected to provide the salvia test (with their barcode attached as per the instructions) on Monday AND Thursday and give it to their tutor.    If your child is not participating in this testing programme, they are encouraged to submit lateral flow test (LFT) results twice weekly on Monday and Thursday. 

All LFT results must be reported to the college and to NHS Track and Trace.  Reminders are sent twice weekly on a Sunday and Wednesday and results should be submitted by 0800 on Monday and Thursday via the link on the email sent to the primary email address linked to each student.  The links provided are linked to individual student's and cannot be shared.  The privacy notice can be viewed at the bottom of this page.

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Hampshire and Isle of Wight (HIOW) saliva testing programme

The HIOW testing programme is funded by Government and aims to benefit our local communities and help to reduce transmission of the virus.  It follows a successful pilot programme in Southampton, where pupils and staff in four schools and at the University of Southampton were tested on a weekly basis.  The pilot showed, along with other extensive studies, that saliva testing is effective in identifying people who are infectious and are most likely to transmit the disease.  It is easy to do and is not invasive.  In January and February 2021, testing was rolled out in a phased way to all secondary schools and further education colleges across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and offered to all students and staff.

Lessons run by the team from LifeLab at the University of Southampton will be taking place in college to explain this process to our children and young people in a fun and engaging way.  For more information about the programme visit their website: External link icon

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Frequently asked questions

  • Why is this important? - Knowing who has COVID-19 is vital to stopping its spread.  We hope that you are as excited as we are about the potential for this test to help us manage the risk of COVID-19.  Alongside all the other measures we are taking to control the virus, it will help us to keep our communities safe and well and keep our college open.
  • What is the TestRegister? - It is a secure website that allows schools to monitor the frequency of LFTs being completed at home and immediately informs us if a positive case is logged. The website sends email prompts to both parents and students.  These reminders are sent automatically on a Sunday and Wednesday and we would also encourage you to set a reminder at home, particularly if you do not check your emails regularly.
  • What about the saliva test? - Students are strongly encouraged to do two saliva samples a week. Students participating in COVID-19 testing are to arrive at college on a Monday and Thursday having either logged a negative LFT result on the test register website, or brought in their saliva sample to hand to their tutor.
  • What day should my child bring in the saliva sample? - Monday and Thursday.
  • I have lost my barcodes, how do I get more? - please contact their enquiries team on freephone 0808 1962 282 or get in touch via live their web chat External link icon 
  • Why have two reminders? - Some students are not participating in the saliva testing programme and are instead opting to do twice weekly LFTs.  Some may also be absent from school but still wish to do some form of COVID test, so this provides a convenient way to log results from home. 
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Accessing work whilst self-isolating

To assist any student who are self-isolating whilst they are waiting for COVID test results or have tested positive, we have collated all of our curated lesson resources on Google Classrooms “hub” pages.

Every student can access Google Classroom hubs using their email. Staff regularly reference the website during lessons, so we expect students to be aware of what they are learning and where they can find it.

Students have been regularly shown how to use this as part of their IT lessons, and throughout the lockdowns. Our new Year 7’s have also had additional IT lessons every week since September that reinforce these skills. 

Your child should be able to show you how work is accessed by clicking on the hub class and selecting the classwork option.  Most of our resources are in the form of voiced over PowerPoints*, along with supporting worksheets. If self-isolating students should email this work to their teachers once complete or print it off and bring it into school when they return. We would recommend parents also ask to be shown this work to check themselves.

If your child tells you, they are not aware of how to access work, or they know nothing about it, please double-check this is honest first.  If further guidance is needed please either call into the IT helpdesk or email them

Limited access to IT and the internet is not an acceptable excuse for non completion of work, as the college will loan equipment as necessary.  Please note that homework is still set in the tradition way using ClassCharts, and Google Classrooms is being used as a repository for work that is being delivered in college.

* To enable narration these presentations will need to be downloaded and opened in Microsoft office external link icon.

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UPDATED: 23 November 2021