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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.

Your child will need to self-isolate for 10 days and follow the guidance from NHS Test and Trace.  They will also need to book a PCR confirmatory test.  If positive, they must self-isolate for 10 days from the start of their symptoms if symptomatic, or 10 days from the positive PCR if asymptomatic.  After the 10 days have elapsed, if your child is both asymptomatic (i.e. no cough, no temperature, no loss of taste/smell), and they are not a close contact of a positive case, they must return to school immediately.

Fully vaccinated adults and young persons under 18yrs and 6mths do not need to self-isolate if they are a close contact of your child.  They are instead advised to book a PCR.  They do not need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of that PCR.

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.

Mr N T Cahill
Assistant Headteacher