Student Covid-19 Testing
COVID-19 Testing for students
You may have heard that routine testing for those without Coronavirus symptoms is continuing across the country using new, quicker COVID-19 tests known as ‘lateral flow devices’. This page will help to give you more information about the testing programme in our school.
Up to one third of people who have Coronavirus are asymptomatic. By testing we will help to reduce the spread in school through asymptomatic transmission. We are therefore strongly encouraging all students to continue to be tested as an additional safety layer for all staff and students at the school.
Testing, whilst strongly encouraged, is not compulsory and requires prior consent. To help inform your decision to consent to testing, please watch the NHS testing, step by step video at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvaBZskxS7tzQYlVg7lwH5uxAD9UrSzGJ.
Testing should not be completed by anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days. If this applies then please do not complete the consent form, but contact the school after the 90 day period is over to arrange to start the testing process.
Students should test on a twice weekly basis and all results will need to be submitted to both the Gov.uk website and the school. Both links can be found below;
GOV.UK - Submit Lateral Flow Results - https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result
Joseph Rowntree School - Submit Lateral Flow Results - https://forms.gle/nfxt6ekHAmmUQPkj6
To provide consent and to ensure the school can provide home test kits, please complete the Google form as soon as you are able to by going to the following link:
Consent relates to the following groups of students as below:
- For pupils and students younger than 16 years - this form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian. Please complete one consent form for each child you wish to participate in testing.
- Pupils and students over 16 who are able to provide informed consent - can complete this form themselves, having discussed participation with their parent/guardian if under 18. Mr Coleman will also be sending this information directly to all 6th Form students. Parents/carers of any students in Year 11 who are 16 years old are asked to share this information with their child for them to complete the Google form as applicable.
- For any pupil or student who does not have the capacity to provide informed consent - this form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian. Please complete one consent form for each child you wish to participate in testing.
Terms of consent
By completing the consent form, you are agreeing (either on behalf of your child, or for yourself if over 16 years) to the following terms of consent:
- I have had the opportunity to consider the information provided by the school about the testing, ask questions and have had these answered satisfactorily, based on the information presented in the letter dated 14 September 2021.
- In the case of under 16s, I have discussed the testing with my child and my child is happy to participate. If on the day of testing they do not wish to take part, then they will not be made to do so and consent can be withdrawn at any time ahead of the test.
- I consent to having/my child having a nose and throat swab for lateral flow tests.
- I understand that there may be multiple tests required and this consent covers all tests for the named person. If, on the day of testing I/they do not wish to take part, then I understand I/they will not be made to do so and that consent can be withdrawn at any time ahead of the test.
- I consent that my/my child’s sample(s) will be tested for the presence of COVID-19.
- If the lateral flow test indicates the presence of COVID-19, I commit to ensuring that I will report the result to NHS Test & Trace and inform the School accordingly.
- I understand that I/they will need to self-isolate following a positive lateral flow test result and undertake a confirmatory PCR test within 48 hrs.
- I agree that if my/my child’s test results are confirmed to be positive, I will further report this to the school and I understand that I/my child will be required to self-isolate following public health advice.
What if my child tests positive?
The latest guidance can be found in full at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection, but the relevant information about self-isolation is below and summarised in the diagram as well.
“You may be able to end your self-isolation period before the end of the 10 full days. You can take an LFD test from 5 days after the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you did not have symptoms), and another LFD test on the following day. The second LFD test should be taken at least 24 hours later. 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. You should not take an LFD test before the fifth day of your isolation period, and you should only end your self-isolation after you have had 2 consecutive negative LFD tests which should be taken at least 24 hours apart. You should stop testing after you have had 2 consecutive negative test results.
This guidance also applies to children and young people who usually attend an education or childcare setting.”
Public Health York have confirmed that this means that a student can return to school on day 6 of the self-isolation period, if they have 2 negative test results, taken 24 hours apart on day 5 and day 6, and do not have a raised temperature.
For example, if a student were to do their day 5 LFD at 7am on Sunday and produce a negative result, they could take another LFD at 7am on Monday, and if negative with no high temperature, they would be able to return to school as normal on the Monday. This example would be the same for any day of the week, so could for example be day 5 on a Thursday, with a return to school on day 6 which would be the Friday if the requirements about test results and no raised temperature were met. I hope that this information gives you further clarity about self-isolation periods, given the updates we have received.
If your child does test positive please undertake the following steps
- Contact school as normal to share this information with us, and inform us of the date of the positive test result or the first date they had symptoms
- Inform us if your child is able to return to school before the 10 day period of self-isolation, in line with the guidance above, whether this be on any of days 6 to 10. Please do this before they arrive at school to avoid any possible confusion about return dates.
Please note that the requirement to take a confirmatory PCR test, following a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test result is to be temporarily suspended from Tuesday 11 January. This means that if your child receives a positive LFD test result they will be required to self-isolate immediately and are not required to take a confirmatory PCR test. The self-isolation period will start from the date of the LFD test result, or when your child first had symptoms if earlier
What if my child develops symptoms?
This home testing programme 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 our students throughout, but please contact us if you have any questions. You can call the office on 01904 552100 or email [email protected]k.sch.uk