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Asymptomatic testing will resume in the autumn term for all education workforce staff in Early Years, primary, secondary and FE settings as well as for students of secondary age and above. Up to one third of people who have coronavirus are asymptomatic. By testing we will help to reduce the spread in school and college settings through asymptomatic transmission.
Staff are encouraged to test twice-weekly starting the evening or day before the return to school.
We have offered all students two LFD tests an on-site Asymptomatic Test (ATS), 3-5 days apart on return to college this Autumn term.
Following the two initial on-site tests, students have been issued home test kits and continue twice weekly testing at home. If your child requires further test kits they should go to reception and they will be issued accordingly.
The Government continue to encourage members of the school community to test at home regularly to continue to make college as safe as possible for everyone.
Please note that home testing is voluntary and the taking of the test itself is giving consent. We encourage students to complete two tests weekly and would advise the tests to be completed on a Sunday and Wednesday Evening.
Students have been issued a leaflet with instructions on how to do the test with the kits. There is also a useful video to show you how to take the test, click here
Help and support is available (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-self-test-help) , including instructions in different languages on how to test and report the results and a video showing you how to take the test.
Students aged 12-17 should do the test themselves with adult supervision. The adult may help them to take the test if they need support.
Students aged 11 must be tested by an adult and the adult must report the result.
Reporting a Result
You will also need to communicate the result of each test to both by clicking on these links:
Anyone with a positive test result will need to:
* book a further test (a lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test) to confirm the result.
* Please let college know that the student has tested positive and we will arrange for work to be set whilst the student self-isolates.
Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate. If the PCR is negative they can then return to college.
If someone in your household, the other members of the household if they are double vaccinated or under 16 are not required to self-isolate. It is encouraged that they also take a PCR test but this is not mandatory.