As lockdown eases, taking a rapid COVID-19 test twice a week, even if you do not have symptoms, will help us stay ahead of the spread of the virus, particularly as new strains appear. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms and are spreading the virus without knowing. This includes those who have had their vaccine.
We want to thank you for your continued support in testing. Students have been testing themselves using the lateral flow devices, twice per week. It is vital that we continue to test twice-weekly over half-term and test before returning to school after the holiday so we can successfully move to the next lowering of restrictions in June. We also encourage parents to test themselves whenever they can.
All students have now received the latest delivery of test kits and the result of a rapid test could be positive, negative or even void. But whatever it is, it should be reported straight away, every time. Recording all test results helps scientists stay ahead of the virus by spotting new outbreaks quickly and advising how to respond.
Reporting results is easy. Go to www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result or call 119 free from a mobile or landline. Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm. Support is offered in 200 languages as well as British Sign Language and Live Video Assistance.
If you get a positive test, please inform us too by immediately emailing [email protected] or sending us a message - even over the half-term period, we'll still be picking up.
Please remember that COVID is still out there and causing people to fall ill.
Please remember to play your part in keeping everyone safe. Thank you.