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Covid-19 Testing August/September 2021

Dear Parents,  

We are working hard to keep Leicester High School as safe as possible. We will, therefore, be following Government guidance in offering asymptomatic testing on-site for pupils in Years 6-13. These tests will be conducted before the return to School in September. 

All pupils will be offered two tests on-site; one before the start of term and one within the first few days of being in School.  

Consent for testing 

These tests will help staff and pupils to remain in school safely. The test is voluntary and, for new parents and Year 6 parents ONLY, your consent is required before we are able to test your daughter. If you are happy for your child to be tested, please complete the form on this link: Consent Form 

All other parents who consented previously, do not need to do so again.  

While testing will be optional, we strongly encourage pupils to take part as this is the best way we can ensure our community remains as safe as possible. 

Schedule for testing 

We will begin testing Senior School pupils, who wish to participate, on Tuesday 31 August and Wednesday 1 September. In order to manage the flow of girls through the testing site, we ask that parents bring their daughters to School on the following dates and times: 

Date 

Time  

Year group 

 

Tues 31 August 

 

10.30am 

 

Year 6 

 

 

11.00am 

 

Year 7 

 

 

12.00pm 

Year 13 

 

14.00pm  

Year 11 

 

Weds 1 September  

 

10.30am 

 

Year 10 

 

 

11.30am 

 

Year 12 

 

 

13.30pm  

 

Year 8 

 

15.00pm  

 

Year 9  

 

Due to staffing limitations, your daughter should only be on-site for her testing time, she must leave after her test is completed 

Your daughter’s second test will then take place during the School day on either Friday 3 September or Monday 6 September. 

Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff. The tests are quick and easy, using a swab of the nose and throat.  

What if my daughter cannot attend School for her first test? 

If she is unable to attend the day and time for her year group, we ask that you complete a Lateral Flow Test at home before she returns to School. You can order test kits online or find a local site via https://www.gov.uk/find-covid-19-lateral-flow-test-site  

What if a pupil tests positive? 

Participating pupils who test positive will be informed about their results individually. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be notified. Guidance on safe travel and additional precautions will be provided along with test results. 

Pupils will need to take a follow up PCR test. You can go to www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119 to book a follow-up test. If ordering a PCR test, they should choose to visit a drive-through test site if possible, as it is faster than requesting a home test.  

During this time while they wait for the PCR result they will need to self-isolate.  If the PCR test returns a positive result you will have to self-isolate and follow the guidance from NHS Test and Trace.   

What happens if the test is negative?  

A pupil will only be told if they test positive on a lateral flow test, so if you do not hear you can assume it was negative. A small number of pupils may need to repeat the test if the first test was invalid or void for some reason. 

What if a close contact at School tests positive? 

As part of step 4 of the Government’s COVID-19 roadmap, from the 16 August those aged under 18 will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. If your daughter is identified as a close contact, she is strongly advised to take a PCR test, to detect the virus and variants of concern. Anyone who tests positive following the PCR test will still be legally required to self-isolate. 

What if my child develops symptoms? 

This LFT testing programme is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (such as a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate, and book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. 

We will support our staff and pupils throughout, but please contact us if you need further information.  

With every good wish, 

Alan Whelpdale  

Headmaster

The LHS
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