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MacIntyre Academies

Covid-19 updated September 2021

As per current Government guidance we will be conducting 2 LFD tests within the first 5 days of term for all secondary pupils. We will need consent from parents/carers to do this so please make sure you use the link below to give consent.

Please find below a letter sent home to families regarding the start of term and the new arrangements for Covid-19. A copy of our Covid-19 Outbreak Management Plan and updated Risk Assessment are also below.

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 to isolate for 10 days or until they receive a negative PCR test result, whichever comes first.  Household members DO NOT have to isolate of they are under the age of 18 years 6 months and/or have been double vaccinated.
  • 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.     

Staff and pupils will continue to receive their home test kits from us. If you need more home testing kits then you can order them for your household here Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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