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COVID-19 Result Reporting

We will be sending home COVID-19 testing kits with your child at regular intervals.  Please make sure your child tests themselves twice a week 3-4 days apart, in the morning before school if possible and, if not, the evening before.  We recommend that these morning tests are done on Mondays and Thursdays (or Sunday night and Wednesday night if you’re doing them the evening before).

Miss Williams has filmed herself opening and using a self testing kit.  Please watch it here before commencing home testing.

Please note that the rapid testing does not replace testing for those with symptoms. If you have symptoms you must self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.

Reporting my child’s results to the school

What if my child tests negative?

If your child tests negative on a lateral flow device at home with a self testing kit, please inform us by filling in these Google Forms (which accept multiple responses).  You will need to fill in the Form every time they test negative:

Year 7 reporting a NEGATIVE result Form

Year 8 reporting a NEGATIVE result Form

Year 9 reporting a NEGATIVE result Form

Year 10 reporting a NEGATIVE result Form

Year 11 reporting a NEGATIVE result Form

Year 12 reporting a NEGATIVE result Form

Year 13 reporting a NEGATIVE result Form

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 tests positive?

If your child tests positive on a lateral flow device at home with a self testing kit, please inform us straight away by phoning the school on 01895 234342 and emailing office@vynersschool.org.uk.

From 11 January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.  People will need to report their result on GOV.UK and they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace so that their contacts can be traced and must continue to self-isolate.

Since Wednesday 22 December, the 10 day self-isolation period has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.  Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period.  Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation.  The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart.  If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education setting from day 8.

What will happen if your child tests positive on a PCR test?

Since Wednesday 22 December, the 10 day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.

Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period.  Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation.  The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart.  If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education setting from day 8.

People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend their setting as normal (and are not required to self isolate), unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.

Upon return to school, even if your child has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, they are strongly encouraged to take part in LFD testing twice a week at home once they have completed their isolation period for their prior infection.

What if my child gets a void / invalid result?

If your child gets a void / invalid result, they should complete a second LFT test.  If they get a second void / invalid result, you should book a PCR test for them (there is no need to self isolate unless you have Covid symptoms) and report this issue to Neill Cahill (ncahill@vynersschool.org.uk).

Reporting results to NHS Test and Trace

It is really important that results of tests are reported online straight away, even if your child’s result is negative or void. It’s easy to do at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.

Results can also be reported via telephone by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm.

Testing for parents and households twice a week

I would also like to remind you that regular rapid testing is now also available for parents and their households.  The government is encouraging all families to participate in twice weekly testing to help stop the spread.

Parents and other adults in the household can access tests by:

  • Ordering tests online www.gov.uk/order-school-household-tests   
  • Getting an assisted test at work, if it is available
  • Attending a test site to get tested (where you will be able to see how to take the test) or pick up tests to do at home.

To find out more on school household testing visit:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/regular-rapid-coronavirus-tests-if-you-do-not-have-symptoms/

We continue to encourage everyone to take part in regular Covid-19 testing.

Further Information

Further information is available at:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/test-results/positive-test-result/ 
or https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you require any further support, please contact Mr Cahill ncahill@vynersschool.org.uk or your child’s Year Leader in the first instance.

Mr N T Cahill
Assistant Headteacher