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Worthing High School

Worthing High School

GCSE Results Day 2021

Home Testing Guidance

Update on twice weekly COVID-19 testing at home for students

All students will be moving to twice weekly, rapid COVID-19 testing at home from Sunday 28 March 2021. This is following their first three supervised tests on site at school.

Up to 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading it without knowing. Getting into a regular habit of testing twice a week will help stop the virus spreading, keeping your family and friends safer.

We will be sending home 3 initial boxes of COVID-19 testing kits with your child as follows – each box contains 3 tests – 9 in total:

Year Group

Kits Issue Date

First Home test Day

11

Friday 19 March

Wednesday 24 March 

10

Monday 22 March

Sunday 28 March

7

Tuesday 23 March

Sunday 28 March

8

Wednesday 24 March

Sunday 28 March

9

Thursday 25 March

Sunday 28 March

All students have attended an assembly w/c 22nd March where they watched a school recorded video explaining how to use the kits. A copy of this short video is below to help you at home.

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A more detailed NHS video is available HERE for parents/carers to watch, which shows students how to complete their test. Please also read the instruction booklet provided which provides full guidance – a simple pictorial guide is also attached below. The booklets in the boxes are wrong please ensure you follow the right guide book.

Parents/Carers are required to supervise students each time they complete their test and if they are aged 11 you should administer the test for them.

Please make sure your child tests themselves twice a week. We would like tests to be completed every Wednesday and Sunday by 8pm in the evening. (You can do the test in the morning if that is easier for you on Wednesday or Sunday.) Your child should also continue testing twice a week, at home, throughout the Easter school holidays.

This does not replace testing for those with symptoms. If you have symptoms you must self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.

We have also enclosed a further copy of the Data Protection Privacy Notice below,  for your information.

Reporting results

It is really important that results of tests are reported online straight away, even if your child’s result is negative or void. Our new logging system will send an email reminder every Wednesday and Sunday morning to remind you.

Please login to our Test Result Portal called TestRegister. Each Wednesday and Sunday morning just before 7am you will be sent an email - with a link - you need to click this link to access the site and upload your results. The email looks like this - please check your spam.

 

The portal also provides a direct link to the NHS logging system which can also be found at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

The Testregister email link will be sent to the first priority parent only. If more than one parent requires access please contact the school.

If you have an problems accessing TestRegister please email hometest@worthinghigh.net 

If your child tests positive then your whole household must self-isolate until your child has taken a PCR test at a local test centre or via post.

Testing for parents, households and bubbles twice a week

A reminder that regular rapid testing is now also available for parents, their households and support or childcare bubbles. The government is encouraging all families to participate in twice weekly testing to help stop the spread.

Parents and other adults in the household can access tests by:

·         Ordering tests online www.gov.uk/order-school-household-tests   

·         Getting an assisted test at work, if it is available

·         Attending a test site to get tested (where you will be able to see how to take the test) or pick up tests to do at home.

 

To find out more on school household testing visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff

We continue to encourage everyone to take part in regular Covid-19 testing.

Pan Panayiotou

HEADTEACHER