COVID LATERAL TESTING
In line with Department for Education guidance we will be offering Lateral Flow tests to students prior to their return to classroom activity. Students will be notified when to come onsite to access their test. This is a simple process and a video produced by our Student Voice group demonstrating this can be found here. We are encouraging everyone onsite to take part in testing so we can identify positive cases of Covid-19 and help protect the college and wider community from the spread of the virus.
The test is being used to identify asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic cases only. This means if a student is displaying any Covid-19 symptoms they should not come into college and isolate in accordance with current government guidelines.
The test consists of a self-administered nasal and throat swab that takes a short amount of time to complete and participants will be supervised by trained staff. Results (which take around half an hour from testing) will be shared directly with the participant. Parents/Carers will be notified of any positive results.
Any student wishing to be tested will need to provide consent and the easiest way to do this is to complete the Consent Form. This will need to have been completed before the test can be taken and will cover all future tests.
We appreciate that not everyone will want to participate in the testing programme therefore students who do not wish to take part will still be able to come into college and will not be disadvantaged in any way. Students who do not wish to be tested who are then identified as having been in close contact with a positive case will need to isolate for 10 days, in accordance with current guidelines, whilst students who are taking part in testing will stay in college and access daily tests for 7 days.
In due course students will be provided with home testing kits which will enable testing to take place in the privacy of their own home. Further information regarding this will be provided when we have additional information.
Further information can be found in the Parents FAQs but should you have any questions then please contact the college at email@example.com