Students Covid-19 Home Testing Kits

December 2021 update

 

Up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing. This is because they have no symptoms.

To reduce the spread of the virus, we need to identify those individuals. We can do this by carrying out 2 lateral flow (LFD) tests at home every week, 3-4 days apart.

Testing students at home

All students have been given home test kits. If students wish to use them, they need to register them on their year teams before use. These tests are not for students who have symptoms they are only to be used if you are well.

We would like students to take their tests before school on the following days and over the school holidays, before meeting with people who could be vulnerable:

Year 7 – Tuesday and Friday mornings

Year 8 – Monday and Thursday mornings

Year 9 – Tuesday and Friday mornings

Year 10 – Monday and Thursday mornings

Year 11 – Tuesday and Friday mornings

Sixth Form – Monday and Thursday mornings

Make sure you have enough time to do the test before going to school. Preferably, this would be in the morning before going into school. However, we understand that for some people this may be challenging. Therefore, tests can be taken the evening before if needed. You need to report all test results on Teams.

Please continue to test in school holidays.

Taking the test

Students have received their own boxes of tests. Students should take the test, twice a week. Instructions on how to do the test are in the box. There is also a useful video to show you how to take the test here: Test Instruction Film 

All students were given a training session on how use the tests on their return to school in September. 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: Help in different languages here.

There is no need to keep used test equipment after the test result has been reported. You can put it in your normal bin (household waste).

This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test using this link: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119 and follow national guidelines.

You should also report your PCR test by email to: covid@moseley.bham.sch.uk

The new self-testing kits we are sending home will look like this:

What should you do after the test?

The result of each test needs to be reported using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website and also reporting to the school as follows:

Positive Result

  • If anyone tests positive, you should book a PCR test and self isolate.
  • You need to report your result to both NHS Test and Trace and Moseley School and Sixth Form, using the form on Teams in the Year Group Folder.
  • You should order a confirmatory PCR test if you are testing at home and have had a positive result: Order a PCR Test here

Negative Result

  • Negative and void results should be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and Moseley School and Sixth Form, using the form on Teams in the Year Group Folder.
  • A negative result does not guarantee that you are not carrying the virus. So, you should continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands and observing social distancing.
  • If you or anyone in your household gets symptoms of the virus you should follow national guidelines on self-isolation and testing.

Unclear Result

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

Testing Kits for Parents and Families  

Everyone has been given a box of 7, you can get more over the holidays for anyone in the family.

Picking up tests from a pharmacy is the quickest way to get a rapid test for most people.

If you give the pharmacy a ‘collect code’ when you pick up the tests, it helps the NHS match your details to the tests. Find out about collect codes and how to get a collect code here: GOV.UK

Students will keep getting their kits from school and can request more tests from their year team.

Why take part

Taking part in testing is voluntary and all students will be able to attend whether they take part in testing or not.

I am strongly encouraging all students to take part. Testing at home will enable your child and other students to attend school as safely as possible.

Please contact Mrs Howes, our COVID Coordinator, or the Year Team if you have any questions or concerns about home testing or view FAQ’s here. 

Thank you for your support.

Mr A Bate

Headteacher 

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