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Park High School

Thank you for your continued engagement in the Covid-19 testing programme.

We are unsure about the Covid situation we will face in the autumn, so we want to be prepared for all scenarios. In accordance with public health advice and the DfE, testing is expected to restart on return in the autumn. We will offer your child two tests on-site before continuing regular testing at home. 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. These 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’.Testing is the most effective way to reduce the risk of transmission and support the continuation of face-to-face education. We recognise, however, the need to minimise any disruption to education and to continue to support your child’s mental wellbeing. The government will continue to review the future need for testing in light of any changes to the public health situation.

Once students have been tested two times at school or college, they will be provided with home test kits for regular twice weekly testing at home. Students will be able to collect home test kits from their form tutor the day after their second and final on-site lateral flow test. We will distribute test kits to students we have previously received consent for. If you previously declined an on-site test, but would like to engage in home testing, please contact your Head of Year and we can add your child to the list to receive a kit.

We would like students to take their tests, where possible, on a Sunday and Wednesday evening. Make sure you have enough time to do the test before going to school. You will also need to tell the school the result of each test, please do so via this link.

Tests are free of charge. Students will receive either two packs of 3 tests or one pack of 7 tests in a box with a leaflet on how to take the test and report the results.

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.

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

Testing

Students should take the test, before coming into school, twice a week. We will give students a leaflet with instructions on how to do the test with the kit.

 

 

There is also a useful video to show you how to take the test here:

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There is also a useful video to show you how to take the test here:

Help and support is available here, including instructions in different languages on how to test and report the results and a video showing you how to take the test.

Test Results

Positive result

If you test positive you should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days.

You need to report your result to both NHS Test and Trace and you will also need to tell the school the result of each test, please do so via this link.

You should order a confirmatory PCR test if you are testing at home.

Negative result

Negative results should be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and the school via this link. A negative result does not guarantee that you are not carrying the virus. So, you should continue to follow the recommend guidelines for social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as regularly washing your hands. If you or anyone in your household gets symptoms of the virus you should follow national guidelines on self-isolation and testing.

If the result of the test is unclear (void) you should do another test.

Additional information and guidance

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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