Students Covid-19 Home Testing Kits
Dear Parents and Carers
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 tests at home every week, 3-4 days apart.
The Government has recently announced that all secondary and college aged students will be offered tests to make the return to school safer for everyone and we have had an excellent uptake of our in-school testing.
Testing students at home
Students, who have taken part in testing in school, will be given home testing kits, including instructions, from their tutor before the Easter holiday.
We would like them to take their tests before school on the following days:
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 next week. 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.
Taking the test
Students will receive two boxes containing three tests (six tests in total). 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.
All students were given a training session by Mrs Howes and this is available for them to review in their Year Group Team. 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.
The 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:
- If anyone tests positive, you, your household and any support bubbles you are part of 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 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 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.
- If the result of the test is unclear (void) you should do another test.
Testing Kits for Parents and Familys
Parents and family members of our students can collect up to 4 boxes of FREE tests kits, without an appointment from any of the locations on the following link.
Enter your postcode on the following link to find your closest location: https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/
You can also order lateral flow home test kits online here: www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
Students who were tested in school will keep getting their kits from school.
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