COVID 19 INFORMATION

Welcome to the COVID19 section of the BVC website

COVID-19 Lateral Flow Home Testing
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Up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing. This is because they have no symptoms and to reduce the spread of the virus, we need to identify and isolate those individuals. We have now conducted over 1800 tests in school, with some year groups now completing their third test.  Students in all year groups have impressed us by demonstrating incredible maturity during this process, despite the slight discomfort testing causes. Once students have completed their three in school tests, the Government guidance instructs us to move to a home testing model, which will involve students carrying out tests at home twice each week. 

Taking the test

Help and support is available, including instructions in different languages on how to test and report the results and a video showing you how to take the test.
This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms you should self- isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.  

You will also need to tell the school the result of each test.  The school will send parents and carers an automated email with a link to enter the test result.  The email will come from ALIS, with the subject: [AL][Notification] - Covid-19 Test Recording.  This data will allow the college to monitor the testing process.  

Why take part
Taking part in testing is voluntary and you will be able to attend school whether you take part in testing or not. Public health guidance strongly encourages all students to be tested to reduce community transmission and keep us all from the need for further lockdown.

This testing programme at Bottisham Village College is for people with no symptoms.  If your child develops symptoms at any time (such as a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste or other general signs of being unwell including extreme tiredness, persistent headache, diarrhoea or an unusual rash) they must immediately self-isolate, and book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

Key aspects of our risk-assessment are as follows:

In addition, the guidance strongly recommends that students and college staff wear masks inside the college building, including in lessons until a review at Easter. We shall be reminding students of this on duty and at the starts of lessons, in order to keep our community safe. Please note that some students and staff will be unable to follow these recommendations (for medical reasons). We also take into consideration the needs of some of our students to lip read and see teachers' facial expressions.

Loaned and donated devices
If your child has been loaned a device to use during the lockdown period, we will be allowing them to keep these devices until Easter, in case they are needed for self-isolation.  We will make arrangements in the summer term to collect these devices.  If your child received a donated device, your child can keep the device, however if it is no longer needed we would welcome it back in school so we can distribute it to another student. 

All of our students should go home at the end of the school day, in-line with the national lockdown protocols.

Please do not hesitate to contact us here at the college using enquiries@bottishamvc.org

Statistics for Lateral Flow Testing

The table below outlines the number of confrmed student and staff cases in the college as at 11th June 2021

Total number of Confirmed Student Cases Requiring Track and Trace
Year 7 Total number of Confirmed Student cases RequiringTrack and Trace  Year 8 Total number of Confirmed Student cases RequiringTrack and Trace Year 9 Total number of Confirmed Student cases RequiringTrack and Trace Year 10 Total number of Confirmed Student cases RequiringTrack and Trace Year 11 Total number of Confirmed Student cases RequiringTrack and Trace
1* 0 1* 0

0

Total number of students in isolation
Year 7 - Total number ofStudents in Isolation Year 8 - Total number of Students in Isolation Year 9 - Total number of Students in isolation Year 10 - Total number of Students in Isolation Year 11 - Total number of Students in isolation
105 0 82 0 0
Summary
Total Number of Confirmed Cases Requiring Track and Trace Total Number of Confirmed Student Cases Requiring Track and Trace Total Number of Confirmed Teaching Staff Cases Requiring Track and Trace Total number of Confirmed Support Staff Cases Requiring Track and Trace Total Number of Trainee Teacher Cases Requiring Track and Trace Total number of Teaching Staff in Isolation (Including Confirmed Cases) Total Number of Support Staff in Isolation (Including Confirmed Cases)
2 2 0 0 0 0 2

* Awaiting results of PCR test

Archive of Covid Website December 2020

Archive of Covid Website March 2021

Ed Compton
Deputy Principal
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Dominic Fullman
Deputy Principal
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