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Lateral Flow Device Testing (Home Testing)
Testing continues to play a crucial role, in and out of classrooms, in our fight against COVID-19.
Students should continue to test twice weekly and report results to the school and NHS.
Reporting test results can be done simply and quickly, from mobiles, online or by phone, and should be completed straightaway. Reporting not only supports contact tracing in the event of a positive case but also assists our understanding of community rates of infection. why reporting your test result is as important as taking a test
Test kits will regularly be provided by school. However, if additional kits are required students should inform their learning coach who will provide new kits as needed.
Update 17 August 2021
The latest guidance places an importance on reducing a number of COVID restrictions in place whilst aiming to maximise the numbers of students in face-to-face education within schools.
Four key changes are:
- Students will no longer be taught in bubbles
- Schools will no longer be involved with contact tracing; this will be done by NHS Test and Trace
- Face coverings are no longer required in schools
- Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:
- they are fully vaccinated
- they are belw the age of 18 years and 6 months
- they have r are part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- they are nt able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
A number of important control measures remain these include:
- Testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within schools.
- Ensuring good hygiene including frequent and thorough hand cleaning and the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
- Maintaining appropriate cleaning regimes.
- Keeping occupied spaces well ventilated.
- Following public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19 - Guidance has been updated on what to do if someone tests positive.
For further information about how we are ensuring we remain COVID-Safe, please refer to our risk assessment below.
Symptoms & Reporting Procedure
Please do not send your child to school if they present any of the coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms:
- a new continuous cough.
- a high temperature.
- a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).
What to do if your child has symptoms
- Inform the school immediately
- Take a lateral flow test.
What to do if your child tests negative on a lateral flow test
- If your child's lateral flow test is negative, they can attend school as normal.
What to do if your child tests positive on a lateral flow test
- Inform the school immediately.
- Book a PCR test within 48 hours.
- Inform the school of the result immediately.
- If the test returns negative, they can attend school as normal
- If the test returns positive, they must self-isolate for 10 days.
Remote Learning during Self-Isolation
If your child is at home self-isolating, please read Remote Education/Home Learning guidance.
COVID Vaccinations for 12-15 Year Olds
All students between the age of 12-15 are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust (HRCH) will deliver this programme, which will take place at school for your convenience.
For those children whose families consent, vaccinations will take place on Friday 15th October 2021.
Please use HRCH's online form here to make your choice of whether you and your child would like to receive the vaccine or not.
A letter and leaflets with information about the process have been sent to all families, along with text messages. Copies of these can be found below.
For all enquiries, please contact Hounslow and Richmond Community NHS Trust using the following details:
Tel: 0208 614 5306 Email: Hrch.firstname.lastname@example.org