COVID-19 testing 

The next batch of home test kits will be issued w/c 22nd October, as soon as delivery arrives. If a student was absent on the day of kit issue, or needs additional kits, they should come and pick up some more from the office. 

Students should continue to test twice weekly until further notice, including the October half term holidays.

Why take part in testing

Asymptomatic testing helps to identify positive cases more quickly and break the chains of transmission. Taking part in testing is voluntary and all students will be able to attend Sewell Park whether they take part in testing or not.

We strongly encourage all students to take part. Regular testing will allow students to attend school as safely as possible and ensure our wider community remains safer. The community has demonstrated a fantastic ability to support each other throughout the pandemic and we are confident this will continue into the next phase.

Testing at home does not require written medical consent, as consent is given by completing the test. Please read the

Privacy Notice for home testing. By collecting and opening test at home kits, an individual gives medical consent and is legally committed to reporting their results via the NHS Test & Trace reporting system. 

Taking the test at home

Students should take the test twice a week, on a Sunday and Wednesday afternoon or evening. These new test kits are for nasal swab only with a 15 minutes result time. Please see this presentation for more information on taking the test and recording the results.

There is no need to keep used test equipment after the test result has been reported. You can put it in your normal bin (household waste).

This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines. A student with symptoms should not attend Sewell Park at this point.

What should you do after the test?

A positive result needs to be reported as soon as possible to NHS Test & Trace and the current guidance for isolation followed. If the positive result was from an LFD test it is strongly recommended to get a PCR test to confirm the result. 

 

Please also report the positive result to Sewell Park Academy, either by calling the office or via the TestRegister website as detailed below.

 

If the result of the test is unclear (void) you should do another test. 

 

Negative and void results should be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and Sewell Park Academy via the TestRegister website as detailed below.

 

A negative result does not guarantee that you are not carrying the virus. So, you should continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands and observing social distancing.

 

If you or anyone in your household gets symptoms of the virus you should follow current national guidelines on self-isolation and testing. Please read the changes to contact tracing letter.

 

You need to report each test result on both Test Register and Gov.uk

Reporting a test result

An email from TestRegister (www.testregister.co.uk) will be sent to your child's school email address and to the parent email address held by the school. This is a simple system that can be accessed from a laptop or phone and will allow you to register each test result quickly.

If you have any questions or concerns arising, in relation to COVID and student testing, please email c19testing@sewellpark.org

This email box will be checked regularly and one of our COVID Coordinators will get back to you as soon as possible.  

Sewell Park Academy COVID Coordinators are Miss Penn and Miss Eyre.

Any future updates or changes will be shared by email and on these pages.