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Testing

We must use all of the tools available to us to combat the transmission of COVID-19. Asymptomatic testing is a further and critical tool to help mitigate the transmission of COVID-19. New, simple and quick tests, known as Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests, enable us to rapidly test, without the need for a laboratory. Staff and students will be tested using a validated Lateral Flow Device. Up to a third of individuals who test positive for COVID-19 have no symptoms at all and can therefore spread the virus unknowingly. That is why the testing those without symptoms is vital. Identifying those individuals will save lives. This is what is known as ‘rapid testing’.

When returning to their school or college, pupils and students will be offered three Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests spaced three to five days apart (minimum three days). This is so students have undertaken some testing in a supervised setting, and have had the chance to familiarise themselves with self-swabbing. Any students and staff who have symptoms should not be attending school and should be self isolating in line with current public health guidance. Anyone with one or more of symptoms of coronavirus - a high temperature, a new continuous cough; or a loss or change in sense of smell or taste - should self-isolate and book a test or call 119 in England.

Once students have been tested three times at school or college, they will be provided with home test kits for regular twice weekly testing at home.

 

“Routine and repeat testing at Newcastle Sixth Form College has given all of our students and staff the reassurance that the college is a safe environment for them to work and study. The testing process is smooth and has minimal impact on teaching and learning. In addition to this, the daily testing of close contacts has enabled students who would normally have had to self self-isolate to continue to attend and enjoy the benefits of face face-to -face teaching teaching.”
- Gerard Garvey, Newcastle Sixth Form College

 

Consent/permission

Participation is voluntary for the programme and active consent is required either by staff,  students or parents/legal guardians, as appropriate. However, if any staff member or student does not wish to consent to take part in testing they will still be able to attend school unless they develop symptoms.

People who decline to participate in testing will follow the usual national guidelines and are legally obliged to self-isolate according to the advice given to them by the NHS Test & Trace service.

Please see our COVID testing Privacy Notice attached at the bottom of the page in accordance with the data protection guidelines.

Testing

  • 11-15 year olds may self-swab (swab their own nose/throat) with supervision of an appropriate member of staff if they have the consent of their parent or guardian.
  • Young people aged 16+ may self-swab, provided the site staff are satisfied that they are ‘Gillick Competent’ (able to consent to their own medical treatment without parent or guardian present)”.

 

Test Results

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Please find attached some additional information on the school and FE testing programme. The attached documents may be subject to some changes nationally. 

Park High School

Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore,
Middlesex, HA7 1PL

Headteacher:Mrs Colette O'Dwyer

Email:info@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Phone:020 8952 2803

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