Update on twice weekly COVID-19 testing at home for students.
Following their first three supervised tests on site at school, students are now moving to twice weekly, rapid COVID-19 testing at home.
We are sending home COVID-19 testing kits with your child this week. Please make sure your child tests themselves twice a week 3-5 days apart, in the morning before school if possible and, if not, the evening before. Please follow the guidance in the pack or the video we have posted on our social media pages.
Your child should also continue testing twice a week, at home, throughout the Easter school holidays. We will be sending home extra kits for Easter holiday before term ends.
If your child has not been tested at school yet, then please get in touch with us so that we can arrange a time for them to be tested on site, before beginning home testing. This does not replace testing for those with symptoms. If you have symptoms, you must self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.
All test results must be reported online straight away. You may do this online at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result or via telephone by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm.
Students will then need to report the results to Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre via the link shown here: Microsoft Forms
Testing for parents, households and bubbles twice a week:
A reminder that regular rapid testing is now also available for parents, their households and support or childcare bubbles. The government is encouraging all families to participate in twice weekly testing to help stop the spread.
Parents and other adults in the household can access tests by:
· Ordering tests online https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
· Getting an assisted test at work, if it is available
· Attending a test site to get tested (where you will be able to see how to take the test) or pick up tests to do at home. To find out more on school household testing visit Households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools and colleges: get rapid lateral flow tests - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
We continue to encourage everyone to take part in regular Covid-19 testing. Up to 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading it without knowing. Getting into a regular habit of testing twice a week will help stop the virus spreading, keeping your family and friends safer.