Covid-19 Testing

NHS Test and Trace: COVID-19 Testing Students

Dear Parent or Guardian,

As part of government plans for school return this week. Every secondary school must offer on-site testing using COVID-19 tests known as lateral flow devices.

This letter is to help give you more information about the testing programme in Addey and Stanhope School.

Up to one third of people who have coronavirus are asymptomatic. By testing we will help to reduce the spread in school and college settings through asymptomatic transmission. We are, therefore, strongly encouraging those returning to school to be tested.

If we already have consent to test your child, then we will do so.

If you have yet to give consent you can do so by clicking here.

If you would like to remove your consent, then please email: hr@addeystanhope.co.uk

Plan for testing

We will be testing all students before they return to school, on Thursday 2nd September 2021. Further details will follow about this, as we will test students at different times. We will then perform a further test on-site across the following week, before re-issuing home testing kits for students to use at home.

How the tests work

When on site, those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff. The new lateral flow tests are quick and easy to undertake, using a swab of each nostril. Results (which take around 20 minutes from testing) will be shared directly with the individual participant. The school will only inform students of a positive test result. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed. Tests are free of charge.

What if my child tests positive?

If a pupil tests positive on a lateral flow device, they will need to book a confirmatory PCR test and follow the guidance from NHS Test and Trace.

What happens if the test is negative?

While a small number of pupils may need to repeat the test if the first test was invalid or void for some reason, pupils who test negative will be able to stay in school and resume their activities as normal.

What if my child develops symptoms?

This testing programme at school is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (including a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate and book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

We will support students throughout, but please contact us if you have any questions.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Scott-Macdonald

Director of Strategy