Lateral Flow Testing at School
The government requires schools to run testing of pupils in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 on their return to school and regular tests following this. Please complete the parental / guardian consent form for your child by following this link Covid Consent Forms
Parental / Guardian consent must be given before the testing can take place. By testing we will help to reduce the spread in school. I am therefore strongly encouraging all parents / guardians to consent.
Please see summary DfE Privacy Notice or visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-privacy-information
We will support our staff and pupils throughout, but please contact us if you have any questions or if you need any further support or help with completing this form Tel: 01744 678745 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if my child tests positive?
If a pupil tests positive on a lateral flow device, they will need to self-isolate for 10 days and follow the guidance from NHS Test and Trace.
Pupils may be asked to take a further ‘PCR test’ (similar to those done in local and regional testing sites) on the same day (or as soon as possible) or you can go to www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119 to book a follow-up test. If ordering a PCR test you should choose to visit a drive-through test site if possible, as it is faster than requesting a home test.
During this time while you wait for the PCR result (via text / email) you will need to self-isolate. If the PCR test returns a positive result you will have to self-isolate and follow the guidance from NHS Test and Trace.
What happens if the test is negative?
While a small number of pupils may need to repeat the test if the first test was invalid or void for some reason, pupils who test negative will be able to stay in school and resume their activities as normal. Pupils will be informed of negative test results via text/email. Where pupils are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed.
What if staff or pupils have been in close contact with someone in Penkford who tests positive?
The staff member or pupil will be notified that they are a close contact by the school and will need to self-isolate for 10 days in line with Government guidance.
What if my child develops symptoms?
This testing programme at Penkford School is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (including a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate and book a test by calling 119 or visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.