Updates from Public Health South Tyneside:
This is a helpful update from the DfE bulletin:
More information on the COVID-19 vaccine, the vaccination programme and how it will work, as well as answers to some frequently asked questions, is included in the Public Health England guidance for schools.
NHS leaflets are available to provide more information to parents, carers and eligible young people on the vaccine, including how it works and what to expect after having the vaccine. Accessible versions and translations are also available.
Test and Trace from Monday July 26
LFD Testing in School – September 2021
Consent Form for pupil testing (Parental consent must be in place before any child can be tested in school):
Pupils in years 8 – 13 from September 2021 use the link below:
Pupils in years 7 from September 2021 use the link below:
Covid Home Testing
Message from Public Health England
‘About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still pass it on to others. Regular testing of people without symptoms is important to help stop the virus spreading and protect your loved ones. As lockdown restrictions gradually ease we all need to play our part to help protect each other’
Department of Health and Social Care
Recording your child’s home LFD test result
All pupils with consent will be bringing home a pack of test kits for their use once they have had three tests carried out in school. Tests should be completed twice a week and we are suggesting that the tests are taken on a Sunday and Wednesday of each week. (If your child’s last test in school was on a Friday, then do the first two home tests on Monday & Thursday reverting to Sunday & Wednesday the following week). All results should be recorded on the links below for the NHS and our records.
There are 3 stage to the testing process.
- Take the test. Watch this video to help. How to do a COVID-19 Self Test (rapid antigen test) – YouTube
- Record the results with NHS – Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- Record results with school using this link – https://forms.gle/JpBKwYwtYsdK29P48
Should your child test positive, please inform the school in the usual manner via their HOH or [email protected] You will be expected to book a PCR lab test to confirm this positive result. If the PCR test is negative you do not need to continue with self isolation. If positive you will continue to isolation for 10 days from the day after your positive Lateral Flow test.
If you get a void result please take another test. If the second test result is void please book a PCR test. You must log the outcome of the void result to the NHS using the link above.
If you have had tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days there is no need to home test unless you develop symptoms, in which case you would need to book a PCR test.
Before carrying out your test it is important that you watch the video created by Dr Amir Khan to see how to carry out the swab at home (Step 1 above). Be sure to be careful with the liquid solution, keep this away from your eyes and face.
You must also ensure you are using the correct user guide.
Information for parents and carers about attending schools, nurseries and colleges in the spring term 2021.
NHS – When to self-isolate
NHS Letter to Parents: 23rd September – PHE letter to parents and guardians
Public Health England Updates:
https://www.gov.uk – Stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
Where pupils and students in year 7 and above are educated, we strongly recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff, pupils and students when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained. Face coverings do not need to be worn by pupils and students when outdoors on the premises.
In addition, we now also strongly recommend that in those settings where pupils and students in year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn in classrooms and during activities unless social distancing can be maintained. This does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example in PE lessons.
Government have stated that “Rapid testing remains a vital part of our plan to suppress this virus.” we will continue to supply Covid test packs to students to allow testing to take place every week.
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