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Covid-19

Asymptomatic home testing 

As you are aware we are going to start using Coronavirus home Self-Test Kits to support the health and safety measures already in place as per new Government guidelines.

  • To be used twice weekly between 5pm Sunday and 7am Monday, then again between 5pm Wednesday and 7am Thursday. 
  • Please use this form to record the results of the test https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=ErPCopgesk25hFL9oOVT0Sv9KpJ6y5ZMqHSyQ9c1rCBUN0RCNFc4RlY3V0RXQ0lITEQwWFNMSDcyTi4u
  • If your child has a void or positive result please make our Business Manager aware via email jennie.nicholls@macintyreacademies.org immediately 
  • If the home test indicates that your child is positive, a PCR test will be required so please book that as soon as possible via the Government website to confirm the result. 
  • If your child has a positive test result they will need, along with your household, to isolate for 10 days or until they receive a negative PCR test result, whichever comes first.  
  • If Jennie is not contacted by 7.30am on a Monday or Thursday morning she will assume that your child has taken the test during the specific window and it is negative.
  • You will need to upload your child’s individual test results directly to the NHS Test and Trace website as per the step by step guide in the kit.

The home testing kit contains a step by step guide to help with the swabbing, processing and recording but please make yourself familiar with this and contact Jennie Nicholls via the email address above should you have any questions.     

NHS Test and Trace announced earlier this week, that all adults in households with school and college age children, without symptoms, can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. Test kits can either be collected or ordered online, as set out below. We cannot give test kits to household members as we will not receive enough home test kits for this purpose. Staff and pupils will continue to receive their home test kits from us.

Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.

Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:

  • Through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
  • By collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests
  • By ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most - https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

If you have any queries about the tests, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.

Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.

Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.

Please find below some useful links:

Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents/carers and young people can contact this helpline by calling:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm