COVID19 UpdaPosted on: 21/07/2021
Consent for testing on site Consent Form
Complete questionnaire on Home Testing prior to return Autumn 2021 Results Form
Test and Trace
Following the announcements regarding Step 4 and the most recent government guidance for schools, from Monday 19th July we will no longer be involved in contact tracing where there is a positive case within the school community. Instead, the student who has tested positive will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to identify the specific individuals with whom they have been in close contact. This will seem different to us from Monday, the shift will see far fewer students being asked to stay at home.
Close Contact and Isolation
Until 16 August, those individuals identified as close contacts will still be required to self-isolate for 10 full days and test, should they develop symptoms. From 16 August however, under 18s identified as close contacts of a positive case will not be required to self-isolate but will be asked to take a PCR test. Failure to take a PCR would not prevent the any student from attending school, however, we highly recommend that this is done to protect the whole community and in particularly those that are clinically vulnerable.
Pupils over 18 and staff will also not have to self-isolate after 16 August if they are identified as a close contact of a positive case, and if they have been double vaccinated. These close contacts will be asked instead to take a PCR test as soon as they can.
If over 18’s and staff have not been vaccinated, they will be required to self-isolate for the full 10 days in the usual way. Thus, in the new academic year, close contacts should not have their learning disrupted and those students who test positive and are required to self-isolate will be able to access remote learning in the usual way.
Please continue to notify us immediately if your child receives a positive Covid19 test result by emailing: Covidnotification@bishopjustus.bromley.sch.uk
In September we will still strongly encourage those experiencing symptoms to take a test and self-isolate until the results are known. If the result is positive following a PCR, the individual testing positive and household must self-isolate for a 10 full days and follow the stay at home guidance.
If an individual tested positive following an LFD, then the individual and household must self-isolate and a PCR test should be taken within 2 days of the positive LFD test. If the PCR is positive, the period of self-isolation must continue for the 10 full days. If the PCR is negative the period of isolation can end. Failure to take a PCR following a positive LFD or to take it within 2 days of the positive LFD will require self-isolation for the positive case and household for the full 10 days.
At the start of the Autumn Term 2021, we have been asked to test all students on their return following the summer holidays. This approach is based on the latest Public Health advice and will help to break chains of transmission in education settings after the summer holidays when students may have been mixing with lots of people. We have been asked to carry these tests out on site as testing participation rates amongst students at school are much higher than when testing at home.
Please complete the following consent form for testing on site by clicking the link here Consent Form
You should complete this new consent form even if you consented earlier in the year. We would strongly encourage consent to be provided so that all students can be tested as this will contain the spread of the virus within school and ensure that your children’s education is not further impacted.
Our plan for carrying out these tests is designed to minimise the disruption to teaching and utilise the experience that students now have in carrying out LFD tests, both in school and at home.
In order to minimise the chance of any positive results occurring in school and support your child in undertaking the test at school, we would like students in Years 8-13 to complete 3 home tests prior to returning to school, notifying the school of the results by completing the questionnaire which can be found here Results Form
We are aware that Year 7 students will not have had the same experience with testing at school and home so we are planning to run a full clinic for this year group with more intensive support and only a few students taking a test at any one time.
Further Testing in the Autumn Term
Following the two initial in-school tests, both students and staff should also continue to test twice-weekly at home. The continued need for testing will be reviewed, based on Public Health advice at the end of September. I hope that this strikes the right balance as we learn to live with the virus so that our students can continue to enjoy great face-to-face education at our school.
As a result of feedback from parents, NHS Test and Trace have introduced household accounts. This allows parents to save their children’s details to their own user accounts so parents can report results for multiple members in the household more quickly and easily.
When reporting self-test results parents will now be offered the opportunity to create a household account, which should take no more than 2 minutes. Parents can then add all household members to their account, enabling them to save time when reporting all future self-test results.