COVID 19 INFORMATION
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.
- Year 7 and 11 will be ready to start home testing from Wednesday 17th March.
- Year 8, 9 and 10 will be ready to start home testing from Sunday 21st March.
Taking the test
- We would like students to take the tests every Monday and Thursday morning before school starts. If this is not convenient, the test can be completed on Sunday and Wednesday evening after 5 PM.
- We are recommending that testing continues over the Easter holidays, on the same timings and will ensure students are issued enough test kits to cover this period.
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.
- Students aged 12-17 should do the test themselves with adult supervision. The adult may help the student to take the test if they need support.
- Students aged 11 must be tested by an adult and the adult must report the result.
- You need to report each test result
- The result of each test needs to be reported using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.
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:
- Rather than remaining in the same classroom all-day, students will continue to follow a full curriculum, but will be separated into year group bubbles to mitigate the risk of transmission;
- Hygiene routines will be followed throughout the day, including hand washing on arrival and sanitisation of hands and desks when starting each lesson and before going to break and lunch;
- The school canteen, toilets and social areas will be allocated to individual bubbles;
- Those using public-authority transport must wear a mask on journeys and sit throughout the journey in their allocated areas;
- Ventilation will play a role in all areas of college life, importantly in lessons, orchestrated by individual teachers.
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.
- In the event of the college experiencing a positive case, we shall be enacting the same track and trace protocols as we did before Christmas, asking students to isolate for a 10-day period. If this happens, their curriculum will move online using Google Classroom.
- We will update our COVID website on Friday mornings with details, including data concerning testing. Additionally, a letter will continue to notify families of any positive case in their bubble.
- All local authority transport will be as normal on week beginning 8th March along with a full catering service, launching a new nutritional menu and therefore you may want to top up WisePay accounts.
- We shall expect students to be in full school uniform but fully understand uniform hasn’t been worn for a while - children will have grown - and that buying new clothes/shoes may be challenging in our current lockdown. Could you please inform your child’s form tutor of any issues or contact Mrs Taylor email@example.com if you require any support. We have a good range of second hand uniform available if needed. Once the tutor has been informed, students may wear their PE uniform but not jeans, jogging trousers and non-black footwear.
- On days students have PE or Dance they should come to school in their PE kit.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
|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|
|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|
|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)|
* Awaiting results of PCR test